Old rivals reunite as Robins take on Runcorn in semi-final
Words By Joe Ward
Picture by Luke Reynolds
Alty are back on the road on Tuesday when we travel to the Apec Taxis Stadium to take on Runcorn Linnets in the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup (7:45pm kick-off).
The Robins have beaten both Sandbach United and Vauxhall Motors to reach the last four of the competition.
Phil Parkinson's side were awarded free passage to the third round of the CSC after Stockport County forfeited our second round tie back in November.
We kicked off our cup campaign with a resounding 4-0 victory over level 10 side, Sandbach.
Nevertheless, it was a much tighter affair in our quarter-final clash with Vauxhall Motors, who levelled the scoreline at 1-1 inside 90 minutes, sending the game to a penalty shoot-out.
All four spot-kicks were missed by Mick McGraa's team, but Ben Pringle made no mistake, firing Alty into the last four with his decisive penalty.
Alty, who are seven-time winners of the Cheshire Senior Cup, head into Tuesday's fixture on the back of a cruel defeat to FC Halifax Town in the semi-final of the Isuzu FA Trophy.
About The Opposition
Runcorn Linnets have seen off Chester, Winsford United and Macclesfield en route to Tuesday's semi-final.
Notably, former Robin Sam Heathcote was on the scoresheet with Linnets' opener In the last round against Macclesfield as they ran out 2-1 winners at the Apec Taxis Stadium.
Sam's father, former Alty stalwart Graham Heathcote, enjoyed a short spell as assistant-manager to the late, great John King at Runcorn FC.
The Linnets replaced Runcorn FC in 2006, following the latter's resignation from the Northern Premier League due to financial difficulties.
Altrincham and Runcorn FC enjoyed many years of local rivalry in both the Alliance Premier League and cup competitions.
The most notable of which was in 1986 when the Robins defeated Runcorn 1-0 at Wembley to lift our second FA Trophy.
Runcorn FC were twelve-time winners of the Cheshire Senior Cup, though the reformed Linnets are yet to win the competition.
Alty last faced the Yellows in the CSC back in 2011, when we won 4-3, with Damian Reeves nodding in the winner seven minutes into the first period of extra time.
Billy Paynter's side head into Tuesday's fixture following a 1-0 win away from home against Kidsgrove Athletic in the Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division.
The Linnets currently sit fifth in their table, winning 16, drawing six and losing 11.
Admission for this game can ONLY be gained at the turnstile.
There is no option to buy tickets in advance or online.
Admission prices are as follows:
£10 - Adult
£7 - Concession (65+ and 19-22 years old)
FREE - 18 and under
Travel and Matchday Information
We are pleased to announce that the club's official travel service will once again run for Tuesday's fixture.
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Runcorn Linnets play their matches at the Apec Taxis Stadium near Murdishaw in Runcorn.
Apec Taxis Stadium
Radio Robins is broadcasting full live commentary on RadioAlty. You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:
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In addition, the match will be covered on our Twitter page @altrinchamfc.
And last but not least...
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.