By Joe Brayne
Altrincham embark on their inaugural away journey of the 2023-24 Vanarama National League season as they face Woking at The Laithwaite Community Stadium this Saturday (3pm kick-off).
In the league opener against Dagenham & Redbridge, Alty encountered the new
regulations governing added time, with the visitors' 98th-minute equaliser earning them a 1-1 draw.
Chris Conn-Clarke’s mazy dribble and finish in the 80th minute appeared to have been the decisive blow in the cagey affair, but Harry Phipps' looping header dashed the hopes of the vocal Robins supporters, leaving the points shared.
Despite the late setback, Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson was content with the team's display, saying: “I’m really pleased that we’ve shown some real good qualities today.
“Particularly when you consider pretty much half of the squad is new. The pre-season that they’ve put in has been fantastic, and it’s just such a shame that we couldn’t get the result our performance deserved.”
Phil Parkinson spoke with AltyTV after the Dagenham & Redbridge game.
About the Opposition
A magnificent display from Woking goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen helped our hosts secure a point in their opening match against newly-promoted Kidderminster Harriers.
Torrential rain limited the Cardinals' attacking flair while manager Darren Sarll will have held his breath as a long-shot from Harriers’ Ashley Hemmings thundered against the crossbar during stoppage time.
With a much more pleasant forecast of 22°C for tomorrow's showdown, the hosts will be keen to showcase their fluid attacking prowess.
Woking boasts a formidable attacking trio in Rhys Browne, Pádraig Amond and Reece Grego-Cox, who collectively notched an impressive 34 goals last season.
Vanarama National League
Altrincham 3-1 Woking, 18 February 2023
(Regan Linney 27, Maxi Oyedele 67, Josh Lundstram 87)
Woking 1-1 Altrincham, 19 November 2022
(Elliot Newby 48)
£20 – Adult
£15 – Concessions (Over 65s / Student / NHS)
£12 – Next-Gen (17-22years)
£8 – Under 17 (14-16years)
£5 – Under 14 (13 and under)
Buy your tickets online for tomorrow’s match against Woking here!
Alty fans are advised to purchase their tickets in advance as there is a £3 surcharge in most categories for paying at the turnstile on the day.
Should anyone choose that option, contactless credit or debit card payment is preferred, with cash points of sale available but limited.
Travel and Matchday Information
Turnstiles will open two hours before kick-off, at 1pm, for Saturday’s fixture against Woking. The away supporters entrance is Gate Two – White Entry.
Supporters are reminded to arrive at The Laithwaite Community Stadium in good time and are not guaranteed to gain entry in time for kick-off when arriving less than 30 minutes before kick-off.
Food and drink options are available in the stadium.
If you would like to purchase a Matchday Ticket for a wheelchair space or easy-access seating (subject to availability), you can do so by calling the Ticketing Office.
For disabled supporters, who require a carer ticket, please click here.
The club’s designated car park is Heathside Crescent, GU22 7AG, one mile away from the stadium and a 20-minute walk. This car park is operated by Woking Borough Council and holds 496 spaces.
Pricing is £3.50 for up to two hours, £5 for up to three hours, and there is a flat rate overnight charge of £2.20 after 6pm.
Woking train station is a mile from the ground, roughly a 20-minute walk. It is accessible from London Waterloo, with a fast-train journey time of 25 minutes.
Radio Robins is broadcasting live commentary on RadioAlty.
Join Brian Flynn, Mark Simpson and Bill Waterson from 2.45pm.
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And last but not least…
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.