Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: Moss Lane, Altrincham
Admission: Adults £14 Concessions £9 (Standing) – Adults £15 Concessions £10 (Seating) – Disabled with Helper £14 – 12-16 Year Olds £5 – Under 12 £2
Following the postponement of our New Year’s Day clash with Brackley at Whaddon Road, we quickly turn our attentions to Altrincham in what will be a good challenge for the Tigers writes Ollie Williams.
City are currently in our worst spell of the season having lost our last five matches on the spin. City come into the game on the back of a disappointing 3-0 loss to Brackley Town on Boxing Day, our sixth defeat in a row. Our last win came on November 8th away to Alfreton Town however the Tigers haven’t had to rub of the green which has seen us fall away from the play-off positions.
Altrincham are in some dire form having not won any of their last nine games in the Vanarama National League North. Over Christmas they met FC United of Manchester twice drawing 1-1 on New Year’s Day following their 3-0 loss at home on Boxing Day. They last won on October 8th away at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold 2-0 which seems a long time ago for the Robins, it is so far their only win of the season. They’ll be hoping to turn their season around starting against the Tigers, as they find themselves with just eight points at the bottom of the table and without victory at home.
City’s new signing Ross Finnie could make his debut on Saturday having signed for the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. The Scottish born midfielder has been at Wolves since since the age of eight and has played international football at youth level for Scotland in the Victory Shield and Under-19 European Championships.
Alty forward James Lawrie has helped the side to try and lift themselves from the bottom of the table by chipping in six goals this term. Having initially joined on loan in 2011 and permanently in the same year. Over the last few years he’s played at National League level for the Robins and has also been capped for Northern Ireland at Under-17 all the way through to the first-team as a youngster.
Head to Head
We’ve met seven times since 2011 with the Tigers taking maximum points on three occasions, with Altrinchm winning twice. Earlier this season City were in dreamland as Luke Hopper’s hatrick helped us to a 5-0 hammering of the Robins when they came down to Gloucestershire. It was the first meeting in three years where we’d met at Whaddon Road, City recording a 2-0 win. Altrincham’s last win over ourselves came in September 2013, another 2-0 score line
Chris Knowles is continuing his return from injury which has kept him out whilst Joe Hanks should be back to full-fitness as will Spencer Hamilton.