Following Alty’s 2-2 opening day draw at The J. Davidson Stadium against Leamington, they make the trip west to face Southport at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Tuesday night with a 19:45 kick off.
Phil Parkinson was happy with the character shown by his team on Saturday, and especially with the performance in the second half where the Robins raised the intensity levels and fought back twice from deficits.
Poole and Densmore remain on the sidelines for this match but Phil will hope to count on defenders Hannigan and Harrison after knocks.
Southport’s season started with a disappointing defeat at Telford in a match where the Sandgrounders’ boss Liam Watson admitted his side were second best.
That result was a stark contrast to their form in pre-season as they picked up a number of good results including a 3-1 win over Bury, a 1-1 draw with Accrington, and 3-0 victories over Barrow, Witton and Widnes.
Watson will be expecting a response from his players for this home opener for which there should be a good attendance. Despite the opening day loss, they have plenty of quality in their squad including summer signing Mike Phenix who joined from Salford for an undisclosed fee as he joins last season's NLN Golden Boot winner Jason Gilchrist in attack.
Against Telford they lined up in a 4-3-3 formation:
Hanford, Richards, Langley, Astles, Priestley, Lowe, Osborne (Morgan 59), Lynch, Phenix (Gilchrist 71), Sampson, Green (Charles 59).
Subs not used: Mueller, Winnard.
How to get there:
Directions from The J. Davidson can be found here while the address for your sat nav is Merseyrail Community Stadium, Haig Avenue, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 6JZ
Please remember that Southport operate cashless turnstiles. We have been given 250 tickets for our supporters to buy in advance of the game. These can be purchased during office hours.
Head-to-head record by Mike Garnett
At Home: P19 W10 D5 L4 GF27 GA22
Away: P14 W3 D3 L8 GF16 GA25
All: P33 W13 D8 L12 GF43 GA47
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett
There was one previous Alty match played on August 7th and that was a Peter Swales Memorial Trophy match in 1999 between Altrincham and Stalybridge Celtic which the Robins won 2-0. This tradition saw the NPL Champions face the Cup-winners and became something of a curtain-raiser for the season, hence being played one week before the league season began.
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