MAIDENHEAD HEADING OUR WAY
By Joe Ward
Alty swiftly return to Vanarama National League action when Maidenhead United travel to The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off).
Following last Friday's heroics, which saw us get the better of Wrexham on penalties in the Isuzu FA Trophy, the Robins head into Tuesday's fixture boasting an incredible run of nine games unbeaten in all competitions.
A late equalising goal from summer signing Zak Goodson recovered Alty's Wembley aspirations, as his effort from the edge of the area sent us into a penalty shoot-out at 2-2.
Phil Parkinson's side kept their nerve from 12-yards, beginning with a sensational save by Ollie Byrne. Toby Mullarkey then concluded proceedings with a confident strike which flew into the top left corner, booking our place in the next round of the competition.
However, the Robins must now turn their attention to Tuesday night as we welcome Maidenhead United in the league. Similarly, the Magpies head into the game off the back of their own FA Trophy glory after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 at The Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Altrincham Manager Phil Parkinson spoke with Brian Flynn following Alty's dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Wrexham on Friday evening.
About The Opposition
Maidenhead finished 17th in the National League last season, just four points behind Alty. The Magpies re-appointed their current manager, Alan Devonshire, in 2015 after he previously managed the club for several years between 1996 and 2003. At the time of the re-appointment, Maidenhead were competing in the National League South. However, after an impressive turnaround, the club were promoted to the National League in 2016-17, where they have remained ever since.
So far this season, the Berkshire side have managed expectations reasonably well and currently sit in 17th place.
Nonetheless, it’s likely to be a tough game for Devonshire’s side as Altrincham hope to capitalise on an excellent recent run of form. The Robins will be looking to redress our away fixture from earlier this season when Maidenhead handed Alty our first defeat of the campaign.
Without the injured Matt Gould and the unresolved contract issue of Ollie Byrne, the Robins drafted Dermot Mee on loan from Manchester United in that game. However, the Magpies' main attacking threat of Emile Acquah, who has scored eight goals so far this season, will have to contend with a much more settled Alty backline that seems to strengthen week by week.
Following our terrific result in the FA Trophy just a few days ago, Tuesday’s clash is building up to be an exciting prospect as we look to edge our way towards a play-off position. So why not head down to The J.Davidson Stadium and cheer on the lads as we look to go unbeaten in 10 consecutive games.
National League 22/23:
Maidenhead 2-0 Altrincham, 16th August 2022
National League 21/22:
Maidenhead United 0-0 Altrincham, 5th March 2022
Altrincham 2-0 Maidenhead United, 9th October 2021
National League 20/21:
Maidenhead United 0-1 Altrincham, 27th March 2021
Altrincham 2-0 Maidenhead United, 28th November 2020
A reminder that free tickets given away at the Christmas lights illumination still apply for this Tuesday's game.
£19 – Adult
£15 – Concession (Over 65 / Students / NHS Workers)
£7 – Junior (12-18)
£2 – Child (Under 12)
Buy your tickets online to reduce queueing times!
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The match will also be streamed on National League TV. 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. Matchday passes can be purchased for £9.50.
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.
There is no retail shop this evening due to illness.
Parking is street only.
And last but not least …
We sincerely hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.