Tough test for in-form Robins as last season's play-off semi-finalists head our way

By Joe Brayne

Altrincham aim to build on a pulsating start to the season as we welcome Boreham Wood to The J.Davidson Stadium this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

While the Hertfordshire side have enjoyed recent success against the Robins, an Alty team who have yet to taste defeat this season will enter the fixture brimming with confidence.

In a back-and-forth contest at the LNER Community Stadium on Tuesday night, the Robins showed their mettle with two come-from-behind goals. Strikes from Chris Conn-Clarke and Matty Kosylo secured a vital point against York City that keeps us well placed in eighth position.

Manager Phil Parkinson deserves credit, too, for a timely double substitution, with Kosylo and Justin Amaluzor going on in the second half and, within a matter of seconds, the latter’s shot setting up Kosylo’s poacher’s finish.

With Parkinson set to meet old friend and Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard on Saturday, the Alty boss laid down a cheeky prediction following the York match.

“I know Luke will be listening to this, so I will be expecting the box to be loaded," he said. "Luke should be managing higher. He has been in this division too long, he’s that good.”

A big shout-out to our dedicated travelling Robins – 214 fans made the midweek trip to York to support the club. Your passion is phenomenal!

Manager’s Views

Phil Parkinson spoke with AltyTV after our 2-2 draw at York.

About the Opposition

The Wood will be disappointed to have dropped points early in the campaign following Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Solihull Moors.

Our visitors will be eager to build on last season's achievements, having pushed deep into the play-off semi-finals before a 120th-minute winner for Notts County by Jodi Jones ended their fairytale surge towards a Wembley final.

The nucleus of Garrard’s squad remains much the same as last year, with top-scorer Lee Ndlovu and promising midfielder David Agbontohoma leading the charge.

Further midfield experience has arrived through the summer following the acquisitions of Welshman Liam O’Neil from Cambridge United and Colombian Ángelo Balanta from Dagenham & Redbridge.

It has been 32-year-old forward Kwesi Appiah who has made the most immediate impact, however, netting goals against Gateshead and FC Halifax Town.

Recent Meetings

Vanarama National League

Altrincham 0-2 Boreham Wood, 28 January 2023

Boreham Wood 1-1 Altrincham, 27 August 2022

(Aaron Bennett 49)

Ticket Information

£20 – Adult

£15 – Concessions (Over-65s / Student / NHS)

£9 – Junior (12-18)

£4 – Child (5-11)

£1 – Infant (Under-5)

Buy your tickets online for the match to reduce queueing time!

Travel and Matchday Information

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.

Alternatively, you can buy in advance online.

REMINDER – Altrincham fans can still purchase or renew their season ticket for the 2023-2024 season. Benefits include guaranteed access to all home fixtures, priority access to away and cup tickets and 10% off all retail purchases. Purchase or renew your season ticket here.

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. Parking is street only.

The matchday programme will be available to purchase around the stadium. Our club retail shop will also be open.

Match Coverage

Radio Robins is broadcasting live commentary on RadioAlty.

Join Peter Scotson, Brian Flynn, Paul Salt and Ben Edgson from 2.45pm.

Listen live on RadioAlty: https://streams.radio.co/s4d51ef3bf/listen

Listen live on RadioAlty: https://www.radioalty.co.uk/listen.html

And last but not least…

We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.

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