Altrincham hope to maintain their impressive start in the Vanarama National League as they prepare to host Bromley at The J. Davidson Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Having notched six consecutive games without a loss, and in fine goal-scoring form, the Robins now have the opportunity to extend their best unbeaten start to a National League season since 1985/86.
Altrincham played out a 3-3 draw at AFC Fylde's Mill Farm stadium this past Bank Holiday Monday.
In a game that Phil Parkinson reflected on as one they "probably should have lost," his side fell victim to a spirited second-half fightback from the Coasters. The home side turned around a two-goal deficit to draw level, equalising again in the 9th minute of added time after Chris Conn-Clarke's 87th minute penalty had restored the Altrincham lead.
Altrincham's two first-half goals were scored by in-form forwards Regan Linney and Dior Angus, with the latter adding to his quickfire double against Chesterfield just two days before.
The Robins have had no trouble finding the net so far this season, with their goals-for tally surpassed only by Chesterfield, Hartlepool United and Barnet. With the recent addition of Ollie Crankshaw from Stockport County, they will surely be confident in maintaining their hot streak in front of goal.
There is no guarantee of this, of course.
Over their years in the National League, Bromley have consistently presented a sturdy defence and a playing style that has generally gotten the better of Phil Parkinson's Altrincham.
In fact, since their return to the National League, Alty are yet to secure a victory against Bromley and have never beaten tomorrow's visitors at The J. Davidson Stadium. They've won in Altrincham on their three previous visits.
Andy Woodman's side are to be highly respected, regarded for being difficult to play against and giving nothing away cheaply to their opponents.
Since losing their first two games they have gone four unbeaten themselves, picking up their first victory of the season at home to Southend United this past Monday.
This sets the stage for an intriguing clash between two teams that employ contrasting styles of football.
We know the Robins will play on the front foot, while Bromley may well opt for a deep defensive approach, aiming to exploit set-pieces and crossing opportunities—an area in which the Robins must now be well alert, especially considering the presence of the ever-dangerous Michael Cheek among the visitors' attacking talents.
Manager Phil Parkinson met with Alty TV's Brian Flynn at Altrincham's Egerton training ground. Topics include Alty's unbeaten start to the season, the signing of Ollie Crankshaw and the upcoming home fixture against Bromley.
Vanarama National League
Altrincham 1-2 Bromley
Vanarama National League
Altrincham 0-0 Bromley
£20 – Adult
£15 – Concessions (Over 65s / Student / NHS)
£9 – Junior (12-18years)
£4 – Child (5-11years)
£1 – Infant (Under 5)
Turnstiles will open at 1.30pm for Saturday’s fixture.
Please note there will be the option to pay by cash at the turnstiles on the day, but it is advisable to buy a ticket in advance if you can. There is an 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 to avoid late queues.
Please note that all supporters will be searched with a metal detector on entry to the stadium for your safety.
A 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 club’s retail shop will be open. Parking is street only.
The Robins Review matchday programme will be available to purchase around the stadium. Our club retail shop will also be open.
Radio Robins is broadcasting live commentary on RadioAlty.
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And last but not least…
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.