By Joe Ward
Alty are back on the road and back in Vanarama National League action on New Year’s Day when we travel across the Pennines for the second instalment of our festive double-header with FC Halifax Town at The Shay (Sunday 3pm kick-off).
The Golf Road terraces witnessed a Christmas Miracle in the first of our festive two-parter against Halifax as Chris Conn-Clarke's incredible solo goal delivered all three points for the Robins in stoppage time on Boxing Day.
With the scores locked at 1-1, in what had been a fiercely-contested battle with the Shaymen, it looked as though both sides would share the spoils at The J.Davidson Stadium as the fourth official's board showed four minutes of added time.
Nevertheless, Conn-Clarke's cracker sent a bumper crowd of 3,000 into ecstasy in the 92nd minute, meaning we head into this Sunday's return meeting with all of the bragging rights.
The win extended our unbeaten streak to seven games and bumped us up to 12th position in the Vanarama National League, the highest we've been this season.
For the Shaymen, they will see Sunday as an immediate opportunity to put things right. Manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV shortly after the game, saying:
“It hurts at the moment because we’ve passed up a good opportunity to take three points. Credit to Altrincham for the way they came out after they scored that equaliser. But again, we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and accept some harsh truths which is we’ve underperformed in the second half.”
Altrincham Assistant-Manager Neil Sorvel caught up with Brian Flynn following the Boxing Day win over Halifax.
National League 22/23:
Altrincham 2-1 Halifax Town, 26th December 2022
National League 21/22:
Altrincham 1-1 FC Halifax Town, 15th April 2022
FC Halifax Town 2-0 Altrincham, 30th August 2021
Please note - Tickets are cash only and can be purchased on the day at the gate.
Altrincham’s supporters will be located in blocks A/B of the main East Stand. Turnstile 16.
Current season ticket holders of EFL Two clubs and above will be charged the following upon production of their EFL/PL season ticket book/card at the turnstiles.
Travel & Matchday Information
As announced recently here on the club's website, we are running a 50-seater supporters' coach, and, at just £12.50 per seat, it's hardly surprising that it is starting to fill up.
Seats are still available, so act now to be sure of your place as the Robins bid to start 2023 in style. To book your travel voucher, please click here.
The Vine, Sale
Hare & Hounds, Timperley
Altrincham Leisure Centre
The J.Davidson Stadium
Cash machines, if required, are located very close to the ground at both the Tesco store and the Esso garage (both of which are on the main road on the west side of the ground, virtually opposite each other).
Disabled supporters pay admission prices as per their relevant age group. A carer, if required, is admitted free of charge. Please go to Reception for assistance.
Facilities for wheelchair users are available at 2nd and 3rd tier levels of the East Stand where they, and some blind spectators, can share one of two balconies.
Access for wheelchair users and their carers is via a lift inside the main entrance to the stadium (East stand) where an official will collect admission monies and sell match day programmes.
Catering facilities are at the ground floor level in this stand so persons with mobility impairments, using the upper levels, may request assistance from an official at the entrance if they wish to avail themselves of these facilities.
Toilet facilities for people with disabilities are available at both balcony levels.
For further advice/assistance you should contact the FC Halifax Town Club Office on 01422 341222.
Radio Robins is broadcasting full live commentary on RadioAlty, with the broadcast starting at 2.30pm.
You can listen to Radio Robins on RadioAlty in any of the following four ways:
Listen live on RadioAlty: https://streams.radio.co/s4d51ef3bf/listen
Listen live on RadioAlty: https://www.radioalty.co.uk/listen.html
Download and install the RadioAlty app on Android devices from the Google Play Store.
Download and install the RadioAlty app on Apple devices from the App Store.
In addition, there will be full coverage of the match on our social media channels.
National League TV
Additionally, fans can subscribe to National League TV to watch the game on the new streaming service announced by The Vanarama National League. Please note, it is imperative all Alty fans select 'Altrincham' on the dropdown box when asked which club you support. This way, it ensures that the club receives the correct share when it comes to revenue distribution from the league.
During the trial phase, match day passes for each round of National League games will be at a reduced price of £4.75.
And last but not least.... We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game!