Joe Ward reports
Alty make a swift return to Vanarama National League action, weather permitting, when Maidenhead United travel to The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45 kick-off).
Connor Jennings underlined why the boss extended his loan with Alty towards the end of last week with a vital goal in a highly-impressive 3-2 win at Maidstone United on Saturday. The victory lengthened the Robins' unbeaten run to five games and lifted the team to 14th in the league table, just four points off the play-offs.
However, manager Phil Parkinson will have to swiftly turn his side's attention towards Maidenhead on Tuesday night in our final league clash before Christmas. Alty will be hoping to right the wrong of the earlier away fixture against the Magpies, when we lost 2-0 at York Road.
The visitors head into Tuesday’s game off the back of an enthralling encounter against league leaders Notts County. Despite the best efforts of Maidenhead, County came out 4-3 winners, extending their opponents' difficult run of form.
Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson gave his reaction to the 3-2 victory at Maidstone in an interview shortly after the final whistle.
About The Opposition
Maidenhead finished 17th in the National League last season, just four points behind Alty. The Magpies re-appointed their current manager, Alan Devonshire, in 2015 after he previously managed the club for several years between 1996 and 2003. At the time of the re-appointment, Maidenhead were competing in the National League South. However, after an impressive turnaround, the club were promoted to the National League in 2016-17, where they have remained ever since.
So far this season, the Berkshire side have managed expectations reasonably well and currently sit just one point behind the Robins in 16th place. However, following a defeat to Notts County on Saturday, they head into Tuesday’s fixture without a win in three games.
It’s likely to be a tough game for Devonshire’s side as Altrincham hope to capitalise on an excellent recent run of form. The Robins will be looking to redress our away fixture from earlier this season when Maidenhead handed Alty our first defeat of the campaign.
Without the injured Matt Gould and the unresolved contract issue of Ollie Byrne, the Robins drafted Dermot Mee on loan from Manchester United in that game. However, the Magpies' main attacking threat of Emile Acquah, who scored two goals in his last game, will have to contend with a much more settled Alty backline that seems to strengthen week by week.
As the final league fixture before Christmas, Tuesday’s clash is building up to be an exciting prospect as both sides will look to edge their way towards the play-off positions. So why not head down to The J.Davidson Stadium and cheer on the lads as we look to go unbeaten in six consecutive games.
National League 22/23:
Maidenhead 2-0 Altrincham, 16th August 2022
National League 21/22:
Maidenhead United 0-0 Altrincham, 5th March 2022
Altrincham 2-0 Maidenhead United, 9th October 2021
National League 20/21:
Maidenhead United 0-1 Altrincham, 27th March 2021
Altrincham 2-0 Maidenhead United, 28th November 2020
We are happy to announce that we will be offering a discount to season ticket holders of Premier League and Football League clubs for Tuesday’s clash against Maidenhead.
Concession (Over 65 / Student / NHS £15
Premier League / EFL Season Ticket Holder £10
Junior (12-18) £7
Child (Under 12) £2
Buy your tickets here to reduce queueing times!
Turnstiles will open at 6:30 pm. Please note we do not accept cards on turnstiles so please buy online in advance or use the ATM opposite the ground at the convenience store.
We kindly ask all supporters – home and away – to arrive early to ensure you are in the ground in plenty of time for kick-off and avoid late queues. Please note, all supporters will be searched with a metal detector upon entry to the stadium for your own safety.
The full food menu is available in all three food outlets, offering a wide range of options to home and away fans. For wheelchair or pushchair access, please enter gate 5 and you will be looked after. The matchday programme will be available to purchase around the stadium and the club shop will be open. Parking is street only.
Radio Robins is broadcasting full live commentary on RadioAlty.
You can listen to Radio Robins on RadioAlty in any of the following four ways:
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National League TV
Additionally, fans can subscribe to National League TV to watch the game on the new streaming service announced by The Vanarama National League. Please note, it is imperative all Alty fans select 'Altrincham' on the dropdown box when asked which club you support. This way, it ensures that the club receives the correct share when it comes to revenue distribution from the league.
During the trial phase, match day passes for each round of National League games will be at a reduced price of £4.75.
And last but not least.... We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game!
Joe Ward reports