By Joe Ward
It's a break from Vanarama National League action for Alty on Friday as we take on last year's runners-up Wrexham in the Fourth Round of the Isuzu FA Trophy (7.45pm kick-off).
Following last Saturday's postponement with Bromley, Alty are back at The J.Davidson Stadium for our first home fixture of 2023.
Last time out in the FA Trophy, Toby Mullarkey confirmed the Robins' progression to the Fourth Round with a late winner against Curzon Ashton. The skipper made the headlines that night, scoring the only goal in a game which Alty could have won by two or three more.
Nevertheless, the victory acted as a springboard for Phil Parkinson's men over the next couple of fixtures, launching us into the New Year unbeaten in eight consecutive games following outstanding back-to-back performances against FC Halifax Town.
Similarly, Wrexham head into Friday's fixture boasting their own unbeaten run of 19 games in all competitions. Substitute James Jones made an instant impact in their last match, scoring the winner against Bromley 16 minutes from time, having just come off the bench.
About The Opposition
Promotion-chasing Wrexham are arguably more accustomed to the glitz and glamour of the media spotlight than most other sides in the FA Trophy, having reached the final three times in the last 10 years.
They lost 1-0 to Bromley last May, in front of 46,111 spectators at Wembley, and suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak at the hands of North Ferriby United in a nail-biting finale back in 2015.
The 2013 final will be a much happier memory for Wrexham fans, though, after the Red Dragons beat Grimsby Town to win the competition on the club's first visit to Wembley in their 149-year history.
Alongside an incredible run of form in the league, Wrexham have also performed well in this season's FA Trophy, coming from behind to beat Scunthorpe United 3-1 in the Third Round.
It's hard to predict what sort of team Wrexham's very own Phil Parkinson will put out, however. The postponement of their next scheduled league game against Chesterfield gives them some breathing space in a congested fixture list, but Parkinson may well be wary of over-exerting key players as his side chase league leaders Notts County for a shot at automatic promotion.
National League 22/23:
Wrexham 4-0 Altrincham, 29th October 2022
National League 21/22:
Wrexham 4-0 Altrincham, 18th April 2022
Altrincham 0-2 Wrexham, 28th December 2021
National League 20/21:
Altrincham 1-2 Wrexham, 9th February 2021
Wrexham 0-1 Altrincham, 1st December 2020
Tickets are available for both home and away fans. Please ensure you select the right ticket type as the match will be segregated.
Season tickets are not valid for this cup tie.
Adult - £15
Concession - £10
Junior (12-18) - £5
Child (U12) - £2
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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The match will also be streamed both domestically and internationally for fans unable to attend The J.Davidson for just £9.50.
The stream will be hosted on Wrexham's website on this link, where fans can follow the detailed instructions.
For any supporters who have subscribed to a different team's iFollow feed in the past, you will need to register with a different, unique email address for this game.
Turnstiles will open at 6:30pm.
Please note there will be the option to pay by cash at the turnstiles on the day. There is an ATM opposite the ground at the convenience store.
Alternatively, you can buy in advance online.
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 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 matchday programme will be available to purchase around the stadium and the club shop will be open from 6pm.
Parking is street only.
And last but not least …
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy this Isuzu FA Trophy Fourth Round tie.