By Joe Brayne
Picture by Jonathan Moore
Altrincham will aim to replicate Saturday's six-goal spectacle when we travel to York Road this Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) to take on Maidenhead United in the Vanarama National League.
The weekend’s attacking masterclass showcased a buoyant Robins delivering one of the most devastating displays at The J. Davidson Stadium in recent memory.
With braces from Chris Conn-Clarke and Lewis Baines, along with goals from Alex Newby and Justin Donawa, Alty convincingly defeated an Ebbsfleet side that had previously conceded just 14 times in the league.
Equally important were the slick reflexes of Alty keeper Ethan Ross. The Stockport County loanee once again shone between the sticks, making a stunning penalty save late in the second half.
Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson is eager to extend his team’s run of form against a formidable Maidenhead United side that kept a clean sheet against the Robins at York Road last season.
“It is always a difficult place to go,” he said. “I think we had 79% possession last year and still managed to lose. We had a few different problems (on the day) but ultimately, we were sucker-punched by ‘gift goals’ – goals that we gave to teams.
“I feel we are past that now. We are a lot more resilient and you are going to have to be when you go to Maidenhead, particularly midweek.”
Phil Parkinson spoke with AltyTV following our 6-1 victory over Ebbsfleet.
About the Opposition
After a strong start to the 2023-24 campaign with two wins and a draw in their first four matches, the Magpies, who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of last season, have hit a rough patch.
After enduring a three-match streak of draws, Maidenhead have fallen to four consecutive losses.
Perhaps more concerning for Alan Devonshire’s side is their goal-scoring drought that has seen them score just one goal in their last seven games.
One bright spot for our hosts, however, has been the continued development of 21-year-old midfielder Reece Smith. A product of the Maidenhead Academy, Smith scored a goal in the club's 3-2 defeat to Altrincham last season and currently leads the way this year with two goals.
Another player to watch out for is former Republic of Ireland Youth international Kane Ferdinand. The defender has played every minute for the Magpies this season and brings Championship-level experience to their line-up.
Vanarama National League
Altrincham 3-2 Maidenhead United, 17th January 2023
(Chris Conn-Clarke 25, 63, Marcus Dinanga 32)
Maidenhead United 2-0 Altrincham, 16th August 2022
£20 – Adult
£15 – Concessions (Over-65s / Student / Disabled / UB40)
£10 – Next Generation (17-22 years)
£5 – Under-17s
Tickets are available to purchase in advance online via Maidenhead United’s ticketing portal:
Travel and Matchday Information
Turnstiles will open at 6.00pm for Tuesday’s fixture.
Tickets can be bought on the day at the turnstile, however fans are advised to purchase in advance online to avoid queues at the ground.
Printed programmes are sold on a first-come-first-served basis and, for segregated fixtures, are available at the turnstiles for travelling supporters to purchase.
Hot food is available inside the ground, as well as drinks at Stripes Bar. Alternatively, Maidenhead town centre is just a five-minute walk from the stadium where a wider range of options are available.
Supporters with wheelchairs will be able to enter via either our Bell Street or York Road entrance and one of our friendly stewards will help direct you to the relevant areas.
Parking is extremely limited at York Road. Fans are advised to use the following nearby long stay parking options:
Hines Meadow, Crown Lane Maidenhead SL6 8QZ – 10-minute walk.
West Street, SL6 1RL – six-minute walk.
Maidenhead Station, Shoppenhangers Lane, SL6 2QB – five-to-six-minute walk.
Stafferton Way, SL6 1AY – eight-minute walk.
Radio Robins is broadcasting live commentary on RadioAlty.
Join Laurence Howarth and Ben Edgson from 7.30pm.
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And last but not least…
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.