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23 October 2018


Promoted alongside Altrincham last season, Ashton United are the visitors to the J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday. Altrincham and Ashton met twice at Moss Lane last season, both times the game being on a Tuesday night.

And taking into account the away league fixture, spectators saw a remarkable 24 goals in the three meetings between the clubs last season!

Thirteen of those goals came on 17 October, 2017, when Altrincham squeezed through 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the Integro Cup. Harrop, Peers and Walsh netted in normal time before penalties were converted by Harrop, Densmore, Davis and Omotola.

The most recent clash at the JDS was in the league match on 6 February 2018. 3-0 up with eight minutes to play, Altrincham were on the verge of a comfortable and deserved three points. Jordan Hulme had cleverly netted the third Alty goal with a run along the byline in the 72nd minute only for him, and injured centre-back James Jones, to be subbed a minute later.

So, left-back Connor Hampson, who had played well, was shifted to centre-back and it was he who conceded an 82nd minute penalty against Evangelinos, which Aaron Chalmers converted to prompt the visitors' revival. Then, in added time, Max Harrop's foul led to Pritchard hitting a superb freekick against the underside of the bar before Alty then blocked a follow-up on the goal-line. But, just a minute later, a Ben Harrison foul on the front edge of the box, gave Pritchard another freekick and this time he beat Tony Thompson and the crossbar to make it 3-2, which became the final score.

In the first half Altrincham had made an impressive start with Harrop scoring a fine 25-yard goal after just ninety seconds. Then James Poole's header from a Hampson cross had made it 2-0 after just 15 minutes. Ashton came a little more into the game in the second half but Hulme's goal seemed to have wrapped up proceedings before Alty's lapses allowed Ashton to make the outcome much closer than it should have been.

Last season Ashton United had at least seven players with Altrincham connections. Player-manager Jody Banim, player-coach Simon Woodford, ex-loanee Liam Tomsett, ex-trialist Aaron Chalmers, keeper Josh Ollerenshaw, Cavell Coo and Mark Lees had all turned out for Altrincham previously as had Ryan Crowther, who was sadly long-term injured.

The sides for the 2017 league match were -

ALTRINCHAM 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Shaun DENSMORE, 3. Connor HAMPSON, 4. James JONES, 5. Ben HARRISON, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 7. Tom PEERS, 8. Max HARROP, 9. Jordan HULME, 10. James POOLE, 11. Josh HANCOCK. Subs: 12. Sean MILLER, 14. Simon RICHMAN, 15. Andy WHITE, 16. Sam SHERIDAN, 20. Cameron TERRY

ASHTON UNITED 1. Dave Carnell, 2. Cavell Coo, 3. John Pritchard, 4. Josh Granite, 5. Aaron Chalmers, 6. John Roberts, 7. Mark Lees (c), 8. Liam Tomsett 9. Matthew Chadwick, 10. Daniel Mooney, 11. Nic Evangelinos. Subs 12. Jamie Hinchliffe, 14. Richard Smith, 15 Alex Johnson, 16. Nicky Platt, 17. Josh Ollerenshaw.

The away league match, on 24 February 2018, ended 3-3, with Alty pegged back three times after going ahead.

Ashton's most recent match this season was last Saturday when they, like Alty, bowed out of the FA Cup. The Tameside Reporter reports on that game saying that "Southport put an end to Ashton’s FA Cup adventure and therefore denied them a [first] place in the First Round proper since the 1950s.

Luke Ashworth continued as stand-in centre forward for the Robins who welcomed back Luke Pilling in goal and Matty Chadwick on the wing.

Unfortunately for the visitors they fell behind after just three minutes as the ball was returned from the right touchline allowing Devarn Green to make space for a shot which was deflected on its way through to Bradley Bauress who was left with an open goal... Sam Sheridan then blocked Bauress’s shot after Liam Tomsett had miscontrolled a clearance and at the other end Ashton’s first effort on goal saw Ashworth’s header from Chadwick’s cross tipped over by Hanford...

The Robins were relieved to reach the interval just one goal down...

Right at the start of the second period Chadwick’s cross- shot just evaded Ashworth at the far post and Sheridan’s free kick bounced across the goal before being cleared for a corner. Within eight minutes Southport’s captain David Lynch was dismissed for pulling back Sheridan and receiving a second booking and nine minutes later the visitors drew level as Sheridan fired home from 25 yards after Astles had blocked Chadwick...

The game was now up for grabs and Sheridan was given a clear run on goal by Chadwick’s pass but put his effort past the far post but the decisive moment arrived as a ball into the box saw Morgan win a header, the ball dropping for Green to sweep it into the far corner".

Mike Garnett summarises the record against Ashton United:


The FA Cup First Round draw has pitted Altrincham's conquerors, Stockport County, against Yeovil Town, with the match to be played down in Somerset. Selected other northern clubs have come out of the draw as follows...


Above: Altrincham bade farewell to the FA Cup and to their 600+ supporters at Edgeley Park on Saturday.

The Altrincham FC official site has a report on Saturday's FA Cup defeat for Altrincham at Stockport County.


Altrincham FC Ben Harrison, who started all of the first 37 games last season before being sidelined by injury, is to regain fitness at Trafford on dual registration, reports the Altrincham FC official site. Ben is pictured, right, warming up at Stockport last Saturday, followed by Shaun Densmore and Simon Richman, who were both named on the bench.

Meanwhile, two players with Alty connections are leaving the Shawe View club as Trafford FC tell us "We have a couple of departures to let you know about. Firstly Harry Sheridan has left us. Secondly & very sadly it is with regret that Tom Schofield has also left the club.

Here are the thoughts of our Gaffer, Tom Baker. 'It’s always tough when lads leave the club but sometimes it has to happen... It has to be what’s right for the club and also the player. Young Harry [an Alty Youth graduate] was sent to us by Phil at Altrincham FC with a view to developing him further and getting him game time but it’s not quite worked out for a few reasons. We wish him all the best in the future and thank Altrincham for continuing a good relationship between our two clubs.

Tom [a former Alty trialist] really needs to play games to continue his progression since returning to football after a full year out. Currently, we couldn’t get that game time week in week out for him. We all know what a great footballer Tom is but 12 months out is a long time and Tom needs to play week in and week out to get back to his best. I’m sure he will do that.”


"Southport Football Club have terminated the contracts of Mike Phenix and Zac Corbett with immediate effect. The club has co-operated fully with the relevant authorities regarding separate yet equally serious issues that involve the two players and having a zero tolerance policy towards such issues, there was no other option than to part company. No further comment will be made on this matter."

From Cheshire Live we learn that "Chester FC have extended the loan deal of winger Dan Mooney to the end of the season. The 19-year-old has been an impressive performer for the Blues so far this season after signing on loan in the summer from Fleetwood Town. He has netted five times in 11 games for Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley's men this term but was recently recalled for a brief spell to Joey Barton's Cod Army...

Mooney, who was runner-up in the FA Cup's Goal of the Round competition earlier this month... was signed on loan initially until the start of January, with the Blues having the option to extend if both parties wished... The Blues and Fleetwood have now come to an agreement that will see Mooney remain at the Swansway Chester Stadium on loan for the remainder of the season. Mooney will be able to play for Fleetwood's development side during the loan and the League One side have a recall clause on him.

Chester are in action in the Cheshire Senior Cup tomorrow night when they welcome Witton Albion".

According to the Shropshire Star, "AFC Telford United manager Gavin Cowan admitted Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Curzon Ashton was 'hard to take,' say the Shropshire Star.... 'It’s pretty difficult to put into words and to try to understand, if I’m honest. With the performance last week, how we’ve trained and the detail we’ve gone into. I felt like today was set up for us; the pitch, the way we play, the formation.

'On tactics I have to hold my hands up a little bit; I anticipated that they’d go slightly differently. Over the last two games they’ve played three different formations and I imagined they’d try and match us up, but they didn’t.'"

Kidderminster Harriers say that "Ryan Johnson knows full well Harriers 'weren’t good enough' in their defeat to FC United of Manchester on Saturday. Harriers surrendered their unbeaten home start to the season with the 2-1 defeat, despite having taken the lead.

The concession of two poor goals was compounded by an uncharacteristic response from the home side... Speaking after the game, the defender on loan from Stevenage said, 'It’s a result you never want to accept [because] we conceded two really rubbish goals and we really didn’t come back from it. We knew the circumstances before the game but we said we had to stick through it and get the result, no matter where they are in the league, and we just didn’t do that. Next week we’ll react to that and hopefully get the win. We set high standards for ourselves and [on Saturday] we just weren’t good enough.

'Once they scored the second goal we really went into our shells and that’s really not like us. It’s the first time that’s happened and it’s not good enough.'”


Cheshire Live reports that "Former Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan Jnr says that if anyone wanted to buy Bangor City then they would be willing to listen. The Citizens finished last season in second place in the Welsh Premier League but suffered relegation to the Huws Gray Alliance, the league below, after failing in their bid to obtain a tier one domestic licence for this season .

In the summer they moved to appoint former boss of The New Saints and Hartlepool United, Craig Harrison, as the new manager at Nantporth with his remit to lead the club back among the elite of domestic Welsh football. But Harrison, who had expressed an interest in the Chester job during the summer prior to the appointment of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, resigned on Friday to take up the post of first team coach at Connah's Quay Nomads under Andy Morrison.

Bangor were expected to fly out of the traps this season but find themselves falling below expectations and sit fifth after nine games, losing three of them so far despite what Bangor director of football Vaughan Jnr described as a 'massive' budget. And speaking to Bangor City's fan-led podcast 'The Casual Citizen' , Vaughan Jnr said...

'If somebody wants to buy the club then it is like the manager's position, send in your CV, show the money and then we'll see if VSM will do a deal with them,' said Vaughan Jnr. 'The message is what it always is. You get all this negativity on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, how "He's this, he's that". At the end of the day Monday comes for us every Monday and we are just keeping it going. The message would be that we are just trying to do the best for the club. I think my mum and my sisters and my Mrs would be delighted if someone wanted to come and buy it and buy VSM shares. It's not going to happen is it? We've just got to try and get the club back into the Welsh Premier'.

With the Huws Gray Alliance season just nine games old for Bangor and Harrison penning a two-year deal in the summer, Vaughan Jnr was at a loss to explain why the former Airbus UK Broughton boss would depart. 'I can't understand it. I don't know why anyone would leave Bangor. He's saying it's because they are practically full-time now, Connah's Quay. It's on his doorstep and takes 15 minutes to get there. I don't think anybody expected the news. Never in a million years did I think he would leave the club to go to Connah's Quay.'

Son of disgraced former Chester owner and chairman Stephen Vaughan Snr, Vaughan Jnr made 83 appearances over six seasons as a player for Chester. He eventually became chairman of the football club during it's dying embers, with Chester City Football Club folding under the watch of the Vaughan regime in 2010 before Chester FC rose out of the ashes as a fan-owned phoenix club".

22 October 2018


Alty's next opponents are Ashton United, who visit the J. Davidson Stadium next Saturday.

Last Saturday, Ashton bowed out of the FA Cup at Southport, losing 2-1. From Haig Avenue, Southport report that "Devarn Green struck with eight minutes remaining to secure a place in the Emirates FA Cup first round for ten-man Southport... to complete a rollercoaster of an afternoon for Liam Watson’s team, who took an early lead through Brad Bauress before captain [ex-Alty man] David Lynch was sent off at the start of the second half.

Southport’s progress owed much to a display of fortitude, and they will hope that Green’s late goal, securing a dramatic win and a coveted place in Monday’s draw, provides the platform to kick-start their season. Just as they did against York City the previous weekend, Southport struck early but were unable to extend their lead. By the time Ashton equalised, the Sandgrounders were at a numerical disadvantage and the game looked to be turning.

Yet whereas seven days earlier, Southport were on the receiving end of a late twist, this was their time to profit. As Regan Ogle launched a long throw into the centre of the penalty area from the left, the second ball was directed into the path of David Morgan at the far post. He did well to reach it under the challenge of Aaron Chalmers, nudging the ball into Green, who was able to swivel and steer home a shot from six yards.

By grinding out a victory in the face of adversity and with the scenes of celebration that followed, it is the type result that should give Southport the confidence needed to embark on a climb up the Vanarama National League North table...

Southport proceeded to control the play but they were dealt a setback when Lynch was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Sam Sheridan on 52 minutes. It was Sheridan who drew the visitors level soon after, finding the bottom left-hand corner with a superb strike from 25 yards, but Southport were undeterred... This time it was Southport who had the final say.

Ashton United (4-4-2): Pilling, Lees, Chalmers, Baines, Regan, Chadwick, Sheridan (Hill 77), Sangha (McHale 83), Jackson, Ashworth, Tomsett. Subs not used: Anghel, Hendes, Martin, Roberts, Howarth.


As Howard Watts's and Mike Garnett's data show in their Through the Years files, next Saturday (October 27th), when Ashton United visit Altrincham, will be only the second time that Alty have played a league match on this date in more than 30 years. The last encounter on 27 October was a 2-1 away defeat at Solihull Moors in 2012 in Blue Square Bet (Conference) North.

Above: Scott Leather wins an aerial duel at Solihull on 27 October 2012, watched by Jake Moult, Simon Richman and Nicky Clee

In the 2012 game Alty led till the 88th minute. They had started the game without the injured Hall and Rodgers but led by half time thanks to a well-placed freekick from Densmore (19 mins), after a foul on Reeves. But Altrincham then lost Clee at the interval with Mitchley replacing him.

With the three points looking safe, Junior English hooked an equaliser into the net for the Moors, following a corner, in the 88th minute. Alty then threw the game away when Angus scored from another corner. And, to compound it all, Densmore saw red for arguing about the goal.

ALTRINCHAM: 1. Stuart COBURN, 2. Shaun DENSMORE (capt), 3. Matt DOUGHTY, 5. Gianluca HAVERN, 6. Scott LEATHER, 3. Matt DOUGHTY; 7. Duncan WATMORE, 4. Simon RICHMAN, 8. Jake MOULT, 11. Nicky CLEE, 9. James LAWRIE, 10. Damian REEVES. Subs: 12. Patrick LACEY, 14. Ryan BROOKE, 15. Danny MITCHLEY, 18. Jamie GREYGOOSE.


In the FA Youth Cup First Round Proper, Altrincham will host Oldham Athletic on Thursday, 1 November at 7.45pm.


Altrincham FC Ladies beat Warrington Wolverines 2-1 on Sunday to go six points clear in the North West Womens Regional League Divison One South. With 18 points from seven matches, they lead three clubs which all have twelve points from six matches.


According to the Northern Echo, "Darlington supporters could be forgiven if they are unsure what to think of their club’s current situation. Are they showing signs of a revival on the field while making prudent decisions off it, or are they so challenged financially to the extent they have had to cash in on leading scorer Reece Styche?

The truth, usually, is somewhere in between and that’s perhaps where the fans would be best served looking in this instance... Quakers have climbed six places recently and are four points outside the play-offs after stringing together some improved results. Beating Boston United 1-0 made it three wins in five league matches... Boston scored an own goal, but Quakers were comfortable.

Remarkably, just as at FC United of Manchester last week, the opposition again had two men sent off, the goal coming when it was 11 versus 11. Victory meant back-to-back wins for the first time this season and it came a day after appointing a full-time commercial manager in Craig Morley, most recently with Durham County Cricket Club... While Morley’s arrival may have been among the talking points before the match, supporters were soon digesting news of Styche’s shock exit which emerged an hour before kick-off.

The charismatic striker today completes a move to Alfreton, the Derbyshire club filling the gap created by selling Tom Denton to Chesterfield, and it is a tough one to take for fans and manager Tommy Wright. They are losing someone who scored 18 goals in 33 games, who played a major role in the club avoiding relegation last season, who helped secure a money-spinning pre-season friendly with a unique goal celebration, plus the £20,000 prize, while he also netted a further five goals this season including a hat-trick at Brackley.

Though an exact figure has not been revealed, the transfer will pocket Quakers a fee higher than the one they paid to Tamworth last November. There are those who would suggest it smacks of a lack of ambition. Perhaps the same people have already forgotten the financial scrapes Quakers have gotten themselves into in recent years.

In light of their customary early exit from the FA Cup, astute management of finances means tough decisions such as these are necessary if Darlington are to avoid another calamity.

While a shame to see Styche leave, he and Simon Ainge had not struck up an effective partnership up front. Now elevated to first-choice selection, this is Harvey Saunders’ opportunity to make a name for himself. The 21-year-old set up the only goal on 11 minutes... And on 19 minutes Boston were given their first red card... Said Wright, 'He was reckless, he had been warned twice already and then does that.'

Boston switched to 3-4-2 and the set-piece delivery of Ben Davies was their most potent weapon with tall strikers Gregg Smith and Gavin Allott the targets. Quakers coped...

Wright explained, 'We were 3-5-2 to try and hit them in the wide areas and with Jordan Nicholson in the middle it was always going to cause their back four a problem. Jordan was lively, it was the best Stephen Thompson has played for a while and the two centre forwards are striking up a relationship, so I was happy with them. Having a solid base of three at the behind them with two holding midfielders, I didn’t feel threatened and I felt we could hurt them in the right areas'...

Midway through the second half Quakers changed formation to close out the contest. Wright explained 'When we went 4-4-2 we didn’t look as fluid, but we did look more solid and I was pleased with the game management when the lads were running the clock down and killed any flow Boston had.' Five minutes from time Boston goalkeeper George Willis charged out of his area and clattered into Saunders, a red card the inevitable consequence. 'The goalie knew what he was doing, there was no way he was going to let Harvey go past him', said Wright".

The National League adds that "It's been a rollercoaster week for Reece Styche who has announced his Darlington departure. The forward played a part in his national side's history during their internationals with Armenia and Liechtenstein...

'To everyone associated with Darlington FC... Unfortunately, and I emphasise this, I'm gutted that I am moving on but sometimes we forget that football is a business and with Darlington being a fan-owned club, any additional money that is bought into the club is a positive. I have had one of the best years playing for the club and leaving like this wasn't the plan. The fans have been the best I have played for. Scoring a goal every two games, getting a call up back to Gibraltar national team and creating history, bringing near £60,000 into the club and helping the club nearly getting into the play offs last year; I can look back and be proud of what I have contributed to this brilliant club'".

Lincolnshire Live reports that "Boston United boss Craig Elliott had mixed feelings following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Darlington... courtesy of Ashley Jackson’s freak own goal and suffered the double dismissal of defender Ben Middleton and goalkeeper George Willis to compound their woes...

Reflected Elliott, 'We limited them to scraps and I do not remember them opening us up. We created some little opportunities that on another day we could perhaps have taken. Ben is accountable. I do not like to point the finger but he knows my views. It was a sloppy opening 15 minutes and a bad decision from him to make that challenge. He gave the referee no option. The idea was to try and frustrate and slowly creep into the game...

'We did not have a recognised centre-half on the bench but I thought Ben Davies and Ashley Jackson were superb alongside Ryan Qualter'".

We learn from the Telegraph & Argus that "A thumping win took Bradford (Park Avenue) back up to third in the Vanarama National League North as they won 6-0 at struggling Nuneaton Borough, who ended the game with nine men.

The 'Boro lost goalkeeper and captain Cameron Belford to a second-half red card after using all three substitutes and Jack Blackham, who came on from the bench, picked up a bad injury with five minutes remaining.

The Warwickshire club is in a perilous financial position and they sit third from bottom, but the players continue to give their all... The visitors were suffering from injuries with Ben McKenna and Chris Dawson both missing, while Nicky Clee was back on the bench following a strain. Nuneaton started well and Enoch Andoh had seen an early effort thwarted by the woodwork and a penalty claim turned down before Avenue had produced a serious effort on Belford’s goal.

Belford was dismissed after kicking out at Jake Beesley and the referee pulled out a straight red card before pointing to the spot. Boro boss Nicky Eaden had made a double change at half-time and his third substitution came when Ash Carter limped off just after the hour mark. That meant defender Mike Calveley had to don the gloves after Belford's dismissal and Beesley drilled his penalty high into the net...

Bradford manager Bower said 'It was a difficult one for us because we didn’t know if there was going to be any electricity or hot water in the dressing rooms, what state the pitch was going to be in and who we would be coming up against on the pitch. But we talked at training on Thursday about the need to be professional because they (Nuneaton) had beaten a strong Burton Albion side in midweek and have had some good recent results in the league. Coming down here was never going to be a ‘gimme’ so we just wanted to maintain professionalism and keep performance levels up...

'We gradually took control and looked the more streetwise team. Things happened in the second half; they had a lad sent off and an injury late on, so it became a bit of a farce really, but we did our job. It’s not nice to see a club going through what they are and I just hope they can sort themselves out and recover from it.'"

21 October 2018


Right: John Johnston in action at Stockport.

Despite dominating most of the first half, Altrincham failed to score and paid the price when County took a 41st minute lead decidedly against the run of play. Having brought everyone back for a Stockport corner, Alty made three successive half-clearances but the ball came back in from the right and, at the back post, Palmer headed it back for Mulhern to poke the ball into the net. Alty then lost Sean Williams to injury before the interval.

County improved after the break and continued to look solid at the back. In the 68th minute, a slip-up between Hampson and Hannigan allowed Warburton to get free on the right byline. He drew Thompson and slotted the ball home to make it 2-0.

After that, Alty did not look like getting back into the game and so the £25,000 prize money and a place in Round One went to the Hatters.



On Saturday, Altrincham FC Reserves drew 3-3 away at bottom club Malpas FC. The Alty goals came from Reece Coley, Rhain Davis and Joel Swift. League leaders Billinge lost at Whaley Bridge so Altrincham remain second but just a point behind Billinge, with two games in hand, in the Cheshire Football League.



Saturday 27 October 2018


The National League reports that "Curzon Ashton finally recorded their first home victory of the season but it seems the club’s players can forget about not getting an earful from their manager! John Flanaghan was thrilled with the 2-1 victory over AFC Telford which takes them up to tenth in the National League North...

'It’s fantastic to get that monkey off our backs, it really is,' the experienced manager told us. 'The lads are delighted. We knows we’ve lost games here this season. Sometimes it’s been of our own doing but a lot of the time we’ve lost matches we haven’t deserved to...

'It wasn’t perfect, but it’s a great three points. Telford went down to ten men and they really upped their work rate. I’ve played in games like that. A team loses a player and you can’t put your finger on why but it improves their performance.

'There are things we can’t do as we’re part-time of course and you have to respect that. This is fun for them remember, they come to enjoy it,' added. 'The players work full-time then come to us on their days off and we beast them for 90 minutes and shout at them when they’re not moving the ball quickly enough!'"

National League North players who have signed EvoStik League forms recently include:


In the EvoStik League, Tolani Omotola netted for Buxton as they drew 2-2 at home to North Ferriby United, and one of the six unaswered goals from Scarborough Athletic at Lancaster City was scored by James Walshaw.


Tuesday, 23rd October, Preliminary Round
20 October 2018


Alty defend in the first half.


Stockport County: 1.Hinchliffe, 2. Minihan, 3. Duxbury, 4. Osbourne, 5. Palmer (c), 6. Stott, 7. Thomas, 8. Walker, 9. Mulhern, 10. Warburton, 11. Stephenson. Subs: 12. Cowan, 13. Ormson, 14. Keane, 15. Dimaio, 16. Bell, 17. Smalley, 18. Mantack.

Altrincham: 1.Thompson, 2. White, 3. Hampson, 4. Jones, 5. Hannigan, 6. Moult (c), 7. Johnston, 8. Williams, 9. Hulme, 10. Harrop, 11. Dale. Subs: 12. Poole, 14. Hancock, 15. Peers, 16. Richman, 17. Densmore, 18. Goulding, 20. Wynne (GK).


Saturday 20 October 2018

The northern-section ties were:

Prize money for winners in this round is £25,000.


Altrincham dropped two places as a result of today's league results. They are now fifteenth.

Saturday 20 October 2018


When Altrincham travel to Edgeley Park on Saturday for their FA Fourth Qualifying Round match, Stockport County have advised that "Visiting supporters will be accommodated in our all-seated, covered Vernon (South) Stand. Due to the conditions of our Safety Certificate, supporters will be segregated. No transfers will be permitted once inside the ground. Cash-only turnstiles.

Admission via Railway End (East) Stand Turnstiles (3 & 4, Hardcastle Road)

Anyone requesting disabled tickets must contact the ticket office prior to the game on 0161 266 2700 Ext 251

Supporters should be informed that there will be no parking at the ground and they can use nearby ‘Booth Street’ car park (SK3 9DF) for which a charge of £4.00 is payable. This is a secure car park which will be staffed throughout the match from noon to 7pm".


Before Sarurday's game, Stockport County quoted manager Jim Gannon on their last outing "the draw at home to Hereford [and] the challenge ahead in the FA Cup against Altrincham... 'It was very disappointing. I knew they’d be a tough nut to crack, but I didn’t expect Hereford to be as negative as they were. It nearly worked for them, they made it difficult for us and we made it difficult for ourselves.'

It wasn’t just the resilience of Hereford that was frustrating Stockport County at the weekend, but also their own cutting edge in front of goal. The Hatters, despite dominating possession, rarely threatened the Bulls goal.

'I don’t think we really worked the keeper. We’ve got ourselves into some really good positions and I think the final ball was lacking. In terms of crossing the ball into the right areas, which we’ve practised, and the set plays were poor or over hit, which was just really disappointing'... Despite huffing and puffing, until the late penalty, the Hatters weren’t really able to carve any openings'.

Jim Gannon on Altrincham and the FA Cup 'It will be a test, you only have to look at their recent form' says Jim, acknowledging Alty’s goal tally in recent weeks. 'They’ve beaten Whitley Bay 5-0 and Bradford Park Avenue 4-0 {actually 4-2], so they’re a side showing courage in their convictions in the FA Cup'".


Droylsden now include at least half a dozen ex-Alty players in their squad list, following the arrival in late September of Sean Miller. "23 year-old Sean joins on a dual registration with Chester FC and has had previous spells with Connah’s Quay Nomads and Altrincham".

Also at the Butcher's Arms are Alex Frost, Kelvin and Kieran Lugsden, Sam Madeley and Sefton Gonzales, who has been "named Player of the Month for September, sponsored by Bowland Brewery. Sefton was presented his beers by last month’s winner, Domaine Rouse".

Meanwhile, Tolani Omotola (right), who had a brief career at Altrincham last season, is now playing for Buxton, alongsode former Alty Youth Jude Oyibo.


Bradford (Park Avenue) "have completed the signing of versatile teenager Alex Hurst from Matlock Town... Manager Mark Bower revealed that a new arrival was imminent and a deal has been agreed for the talented 18-year-old. Hurst, who will turn 19 on Monday, joined The Gladiators at the beginning of the 2018/19 season after impressing as a trialist during pre-season.

He ascended the ranks of Crewe Alexandra’s academy, which is renowned for the high calibre of player it produces. Whilst with Crewe, he represented the club’s under-18 and under-23 sides before departing for Matlock.

Mark Bower’s squad has been plagued by injuries in recent weeks and Hurst’s versatility will be crucial as Bradford look to remain in the play-off picture. He can operate on the left-hand side of midfield or at left-back, as well as being able to play as an attacking midfielder or forward".

In the Hartlepool Mail we learn that "Former Hartlepool United defender Louis Laing has completed his move to Blyth Spartans. Last week, the 25-year-old centre-back saw his Pools contract, which was due to run out at the end of the season, cancelled by mutual consent.

Laing made 43 appearances for Pools after arriving in the summer of 2017, and his only goal for the club, in a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient, secured the club's National League status. However, Laing had played just once for Matthew Bates's side this campaign, and it is thought his departure will free up room in the budget for a new striker.

Spartans were quickly linked with a move for the defender, who reportedly turned down a move to Croft Park in the summer, in the hope of recovering his Pools career... Laing came through the academy at Sunderland and featured for the first team under Steve Bruce. He also represented England Under-19s, and played for Notts County, Motherwell and Inverness CT before moving to Pools."

Meanwhile York Press tells us that "Blyth Spartans have defensive headaches ahead of their FA Cup fourth qualifying round home tie against York City tomorrow.

Skipper Nathan Buddle is suspended after picking up his second yellow card in this term’s tournament during the team’s 2-1 triumph at Gainsborough Trinity, meaning he will join injured fellow centre-halves Ryan Hutchinson and Sam Brotherton on the sidelines this weekend. Left-back Jordan Watson, meanwhile, limped out of last weekend’s 4-0 National League North defeat at Boston, although Michael Liddle is believed to be fit enough to return to the first XI in his place.

Midfielder Kieran Green will also be serving a one-match ban, though, for picking up his second FA Cup caution at Gainsborough, meaning boss Alun Armstrong’s resources will be stretched, with Aaron Cunningham and Connor Oliver in line for recalls to the starting line-up.

In attack, Dan Maguire is this term’s joint five-goal leading marksman with midfielder Sean Reid, while former City striker Bradley Fewster is still struggling to reproduce the goalscoring form he showed during his 2015/16 loan spell at Bootham Crescent or, indeed, the potential expected of him as an England under-19 international and Middlesbrough reserve.

Fewster, who netted eight times in 24 matches for City and won a League Two Player of the Month award at the age of 20, has only hit the target once... in 13 appearances for Blyth, having failed to score in 24 outings for Spennymoor last term. Blyth could soon turn instead to 18-year-old hopeful Jack Butler, who has plundered seven goals in six games whilst on dual registration terms with Ashington in the Northern League...

At home, Spartans are bidding to rack up three consecutive wins for the first time since last November... Armstrong’s men are also their division’s third-top scorers at home with 13, placing them behind Spennymoor (18) and Kidderminster (16), even if Blyth’s tally is somewhat swollen by their freak 8-1 victory over Chester in August. The rest of the season had been more of a battle, with no side having lost more than the eight defeats fourth-bottom Spartans have suffered... Their results in the tournament during the past three seasons have been poor".

According to the EvoStik League "Bamber Bridge have confirmed that manager Neil Reynolds will leave the club to join FC United. Reynolds has been in charge at Irongate since December 2016 and led them to promotion to the EVO-STIK League Premier Division last season. He will take charge of Brig for the final time this weekend at home to Basford United, before joining the National League North club.

Club chairman, Fran Doyle, said, 'The speculation arose following an approach by FC United of Manchester for Neil to become their manager. This approach was turned down by Bamber Bridge FC as Neil was under contract to this club. Discussions between Neil and both clubs continued and following the approval of a compensation agreement with FC United of Manchester, Bamber Bridge Football Club have reluctantly agreed to release Neil from his contract with the club.

'Neil has served Bamber Bridge Football Club as both a player and manager with great skill, dedication, integrity and passion for over two decades. Under Neil’s management the club has won the Integro cup and were promoted to the NPL Premier Division".

Nuneaton Borough report that "Danny Burns has left the Club and has joined Stafford Rangers. Burns impressed during a pre-season trial and signed on a permanent basis. He was an ever-present fixture in the side until the FA Cup replay with Brackley Town when he picked up an injury."

According to the Shropshire Star "Boss Gavin Cowan has urged his AFC Telford United charges not to underestimate Curzon Ashton despite their home struggles. The Bucks head to the Tameside Stadium tomorrow, where Curzon are yet to win in National League North this season.

Cowan's side have not won any of their last three trips there though, and lost their last three games on the road.

'It's a good surface and never an easy place to go to,' said the Telford chief. 'Curzon are a very good footballing side with a lot of experience at this level and they cannot be taken lightly. It's about us and making sure we get it right. We're playing against ourselves, really. Momentum is a big thing for us and we want to go up there and put on a really good show.'

The Bucks, after a blistering start to the season, are on a four-game winless run in the league. Their last outing, though, was a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with top-of-the-table Chorley at the New Bucks Head.

'A lot of character was on display but the performance was excellent as well,' said Cowan. 'Chorley, credit to them, are the league leaders and they're a very good team but we matched them and a point was the least we deserved'...

Meanwhile, goalkeeping coach Darren Acton has gone back to Solihull Moors after leaving Telford. The former Bucks shot-stopper joined Cowan's coaching set-up from Moors in the summer due to work commitments, but now has more flexible hours so has returned to Damson Park...

'Not to have him by our side is going to be a huge blow,' added Cowan... 'As a group, we will move on. I believe we have the quality within the group of staff and players to continue to thrive.'"

We are informed by the Yorkshire Post that "A quartet of Yorkshire teams will compete for a place in the FA Cup first round proper this weekend".

[They include] York City, "[who] have been unable to manoeuvre themselves past this stage of the competition since dropping out of the Football League two years ago. They face a trip to fellow National League North side Blyth Spartans...

Guiseley, who are just two points behind York in National League North standings, will fancy their chances of reaching the first round proper for a second consecutive campaign. The Lions, who host seventh-tier side Stourbridge, made history last season by reaching the second round for the first time in the club’s history... Guiseley fell 3-0 in the second round at Mansfield, but another money-spinning run would certainly not be sniffed at by the Lions."

19 October 2018


According to the National League, "Without form, football is nothing. Especially if you’re gunning for promotion or trying to avoid the drop. So we felt it was high time we produced another National League North table to illustrate who’s red hot and who’s not.

Spennymoor Town are in sensational form - the Manager of the Month award doesn’t seem to have had a negative impact on Jason Ainsley! Kidderminster have also won five of their last six and look well positioned to challenge for the title in the month ahead.

The guide shows leaders Chorley may not be losing games, but they have only won two of their last five matches in the league. Who would have had Hereford and Southport in the bottom two of the form guide come August? They’re got their work cut out to get moving.

National League North last six - latest result appears last.


NL Daily reports that "Nuneaton Borough say they would like to clarify a report that emerged on Twitter yesterday, with regards to a donation of £500 from one of the club’s fans. The Vanarama National League North club, currently in the headlines as the club battles with its financial situation, posted the following statement:

‘At the time that the fan in question arrived at the Club, there were no members of staff present as it was an off day. We have confirmed, this morning, that the fan still has the money and that it has not been donated to the Club. Whilst we’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of our wonderful supporters we don’t think it would be right for us to accept this donation. We would urge fans to hold off on donations at this time until the situation becomes clear and our future is far less uncertain.

'Once again, we’d like to say how thankful we are for the enormous show of support that we’ve had in the past week. There’s an incredibly dedicated group that have stuck with us through thick and thin and we’d like to assure you all, that the staff here will fight, tooth and nail, for the Club that we all love, to ensure that we all have the Club that Nuneaton deserves, a Club that we can all be proud to stand behind. Up the Boro’".

Meanwhile Nuneaton Town also report that "Chesterfield based company donate 10 double sided A1 posters featuring 82 league grounds on one with 62 non-league grounds on the reverse. The club would like to say a big thank you to Football Ground Maps for their kind donation of their National League ground posters to the club.

Football Ground Map is the brain child of web developer and Sheffield United supporter Rob Clarkson, who was looking for a way to document how many different grounds he'd been to whilst watching his beloved Blades. After searching the Internet, Rob found nothing and set about building a ground mapping tool for himself.

The site was completed in under a month and was launched in November 2007 as a Facebook application. At first the app contained only the 92 English league grounds, but as it gained in popularity more and more grounds from England were added and soon requests for new grounds were coming in from all over the world. As the application grew, Rob and designer Phil Baker decided to create a stand-alone website and so was born.

The main website was launched in September 2009 with the hope of attracting an even wider audience than the Facebook application. The website and Facebook application have a total of 142,088 users. There are currently 13,333 grounds on the system from 13,511 different teams from 850 leagues in 233 countries around the world.

These posters will be available from the club shop on Saturday when we host Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC, the posters are also available to buy from their company website."

At Hereford FC, "Tom Harrison has returned to Bristol City following the conclusion of his one-month loan stay. The 18-year-old was brought in by Gareth Davies to bolster a squad depleted with injuries and suspensions ahead of the FA Cup matches with Truro City. He started both games, and was named on the bench three further times during his stay at Edgar Street."

From tne Shropshire Star we learn that "AFC Telford United youngster Zak Lilly is out to prove his conversion from a striker to a centre-half is no flash in the pan. Lilly enjoyed an impressive first start in his new position as the Bucks drew 1-1 with leaders Chorley at the weekend. The 20-year-old was challenged by boss Gavin Cowan to kick-start his career by making the switch to the other end of the pitch in the summer.

Lilly was a little apprehensive at first but has keenly taken up the task and said 'Honestly, I have really enjoyed the transition. At first I wasn’t sure but that quickly changed once I’d had a few training sessions and pre-season matches in that position. I realised it is actually a position that suits me better. The gaffer has been very helpful. He has been very good to me, believing in me and trusting me to go out and do a job, and not many gaffers would have done.'

The clash with the Magpies was Lilly’s first league appearance for Telford in 18 months. He had a few loan spells away from the club last season which were hampered by injuries.

'I was really pleased to get that first start,' added Lilly. 'It was a good experience, playing out in front of the fans for the first time in a long time'...

Meanwhile, Telford football operations manager Luke Shelley has shared his pride at having 3,144 at the New Bucks Head on Tuesday night as England Under-17s beat Brazil 3-1. 'It was a wonderful occasion with so many new faces and families coming to the stadium for the first time,' he said".

Lincolnshire Live tells us that "Boston United have clinched the signing of a Polish international goalkeeper. Sebastian Malkowski, who has one full cap for his country, against Lithuania in 2011, has joined the Pilgrims after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury playing for Frickley Athletic last season. This season, he has played three matches for Barnsley-based Wombwell Town to rebuild his match fitness. He has now been picked up by the Pilgrims, where he will provide competition for regular number one George Willis. The club’s other senior keeper, Dylan Parkin, is currently out on loan at Cleethorpes Town.

Malkowski counts Polish trio Lechia Gdansk, Bytovia Bytow and Zawisya Bydgoszcz among his former clubs."

York Press informs us that "York City boss Sam Collins is weighing up the pros and cons of persisting with a 3-5-2 formation for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Blyth Spartans. Collins switched to a four-man defence after 32 minutes of last weekend’scontest at Southport when his team were lucky to be only trailing 1-0.

The Minstermen subsequently went on to win 2-1, although Simon Heslop’s 84th-minute winning strike was the only effort on goal the visitors mustered in the second half. When he started his caretaker reign, Collins secured the club’s first back-to-back clean sheets for more than a year with a fluent 4-3-3 formation during the 0-0 draw at Brackley and 2-0 home win over Blyth.

Prior to Southport, though, City had plundered six goals in consecutive contests against Guiseley (4-2) and Nuneaton (2-2) and, with Blyth having changed their formation slightly since the August triumph, Collins is still considering his tactical approach for this weekend’s fourth qualifying round tie.

He said, 'We looked more comfortable and solid when we switched to a back four at Southport, but we created chances and scored a few goals with 3-5-2 and we’ve watched Blyth a few times, so we’ve got to decide which is the best way to go to get us a result. But, however we line up, we can’t be as wide open as we were from the start against Southport because, with 3-5-2, I wanted us to be a back five without the ball. We were just a three, though, too many times last Saturday and found ourselves man for man back there.'

Centre-back Joe Tait remains a doubt due to a tight hamstring, while Hamza Bencherif (infected mouth), Jake Wright (ankle) and Macaulay Langstaff (hip) all have minor concerns that will need assessing before team selection is finalised.

Heslop, meanwhile, will play his last game before serving a one-match suspension and, after the ex-Oxford and Stevenage midfielder scored his first goal of the campaign at Southport, Collins admitted... 'We’re trying to get him scoring because, otherwise, his all-round play has been excellent for me... We won’t be setting out to go and draw the game,' the City chief declared...

Collins also expects Blyth to respond positively to their 4-0 league defeat at Boston last weekend, reasoning... 'Nobody wants to get beaten 4-0 and I’m sure there will be a reaction to that. The manager won’t be happy with the result and, if the players have anything about them, they won’t be either... We didn’t play well but won the game last weekend and we’ve played well previously and won games, so we’re on a bit of a roll... We’re nowhere near where I want us to be. It’s only a start and we have to be a lot, lot better all-round'...

With his sizeable squad, Collins welcomes the chance to name seven substitutes again for the Cup clash... Whether he includes Ryan Whitley in the dugout for goalkeeping cover, though, will depend on the perceived threats Blyth pose. 'I thought the way Southport played, we needed Ryan on the bench and, in another situation with the penalty, Adam (Bartlett) might have got sent off, so we look at the opposition every time we decide who the substitutes are going to be,' Collins explained. 'I also can’t see why we can’t have seven subs in the league. I don’t think it’s a cost issue, as there are no overnight stays at this level as such and I’d like to have two more lads involved in the squad to keep everybody happy.'"

18 October 2018


TASC Travel Coordinator, Mark Eckersall, advises that "The FA Cup takes us on the road on Saturday with the short trip to Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County. As with all previous visits and other close games, due to minimum coach hire prices it isn't possible to provide coach travel at a competitive fare compared with other methods of getting there.

Right: Alty's last league visit to Stockport was on 17 December 2016 when County won 3-0. Pictured,right, Tom Hannigan heads clear. 3,991 spectators watched that game.

There are a number of ways of getting to the match, where we hope a good number of Robins will give their usual excellent backing. Various supporters have provided the following information, collated here, which may be of use:

Our normal coach service for the next away game to Hereford will be provided as usual.

Thanks, Mark".


A former Alty loanee is the subject of a report from Barnsley who tell us that "In League Two, Dylan Mottley-Henry [right] is enjoying his second loan spell with Tranmere Rovers... The 21-year-old winger has featured 12 times in all competitions for Rovers as he continues his development at Prenton Park."


The National League reports that "The ground-breaking #MANarama campaign came to an end on Non-League Day and raised a total of £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The campaign, which saw the fifth and sixth tiers of English football make history through a mid-season re-brand, came to an end on Non-League Day and raised a total of £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Vanarama, the UK's leading commercial vehicle leasing company, powered the fundraising drive by sacrificing its naming rights for the National League, together with a vehicle leasing initiative (lease a van save a man) which ran throughout September and October.

A cheque for £150,000 was presented at the flagship BT Sport televised game for Non-League Day between FC Halifax Town and Chesterfield. The presentation took place ahead of the game when ultra-marathon hero Kevin Webber, who had just completed seven walking marathons in seven days, was given a guard of honour by both sets of players.

A total of £150,000 was raised by Vanarama in just 43 days by donating £50 for every vehicle it leased from the start of September until Non-League Day on October 13. Within that time a staggering 688 men would have died from prostate cancer, highlighting just how important it is that more men are made aware of the most common cancer in men. Prostate Cancer UK became the National League's first official charity partner for the 2018-2019 season and this year's Non-League Day was given added significance by the presence of Webber.

Diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2014 and told he could have as little as two years left to live, the remarkable Webber has raised thousands for the charity in a series of epic endurance events and in the build-up to Non-League Day he walked more than 180 miles from Blyth Spartans to FC Halifax Town.

In total, he visited 10 National League clubs, hand-delivering unique captain's armbands to be worn by all MANarama teams on Non-League Day. The bright orange band, which includes the iconic Prostate Cancer UK logo, illustrated the clubs' united stand against the most common cancer in men.

Also joining the fight was Sky Sports television pundit and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Jeff Stelling, who posed with one of the armbands alongside Hartlepool United skipper Andrew Davies ahead of their away clash at Leyton Orient.

Andy Alderson, Vanarama CEO and founder, said 'At Vanarama we're thrilled with the amount of money we've been able to raise for Prostate Cancer UK. The MANarama campaign brought together three great organisations with one main goal, to raise awareness and funds in the fight against the most common cancer in men. We've managed to get to this total because of our wonderful Vanarama customers and, if you've leased a van from us in the last 45 days, you have helped save a man. Hopefully the money donated to Prostate Cancer UK can play a small part in one day beating this truly terrible disease'".


The official Altrincham FC site has a report on last Sunday's Ladies' game, which they lost 3-0 against Stockport County Blues.


According to the Coventry Telegraph, "Praise has been heaped on Burton Albion Football Club for waiving their share of the gate during a thrilling cup tie against Nuneaton Borough. The Brewers’ chairman Ben Robinson agreed to let the ‘Boro keep all of the money taken on the gates during the Birmingham FA Senior Cup match at Liberty Way.

It was a gesture that touched the hearts of not only the ‘Boro fans but also the town’s MP, Marcus Jones, who took to Twitter to praise the club... Earlier in the day, Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson issued a rallying call for its fans to turn out to the game to help support the ‘Boro... He said, 'We have got a long association with Nuneaton Borough, going back to our early days in the Birmingham League... Our players and officials will be travelling to the game at their own expense and we will be donating our share of the gate receipts to Nuneaton Borough'.

The Boro were the victors in a thrilling 4-3 win at Liberty Way, which attracted 291 fans... The hunt for a new owner or owners continues as the Boro continues to battle against well-documented financial troubles. It is ground owner, Norman Smurthwaite, who lifted the lid on the dire situation at the club and how a new board needs to be formed before the next National League North meeting on November 1".

Altrincham's next away trip in the league is to Edgar Street and the National League reports that "Marc Richards believes his Hereford players are getting really close to turning a corner. Former Gloucester City boss Richards took over a side badly out of form two weeks ago today. They may have limped out of the FA Cup but on Saturday showed real National League North promise in his first league game at the helm.

The 1-1 draw at Stockport County represented progress for the new Bulls boss, whose side have not won a game since beating Leamington on August 14. He feels they are getting closer to putting that right after seeing Stockport deny them ten minutes from time. 'The players are really taking on board what I want to put across to them,' the new manager said. 'I’m really pleased with what they’re doing and how they have reacted in these past few weeks. On Saturday we were gutted not to come away with three points. We played well, but it wasn’t quite enough to win it. We’re not far away. You can see we’re getting nearer but it will come.'"

17 October 2018


Tadcaster Albion have highlights of their defeat by Altrincham in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night. As previously reported, Altrincham are now at home to Oldham Athletic Youth in the First Round Proper on a date to be arranged.

Altrincham have previously reached this stage in 2001-02, 2003-04, 2013-4 and 2015-16, under George Heslop's managership.

A 3-2 home win over Leek Town started the 2001-02 cup run, followed by another home win, 3-1, against Scottish club Gretna who were playing in the English pyramid at the time. A 2-1 away win at Morecambe led to a trip to The Racecourse Ground where the Dragons overcame Alty 2-1.

The 2003-04 run in the FA Youth Cup ended in a 4-0 defeat at Oakwell to Barnsley. In earlier rounds Alty had squeezed through 4-3 after extra time at Radcliffe Borough before being granted a walkover against Louth. Home wins against Yorkshire clubs Pickering Town and Hallam followed before the clash with a third Yorkshire club in the shape of Barnsley.

In 2013-14 in the First Qualifying Round a Max Pouncey goal in the sixth added minute saw them home at Runcorn Town. A 4-1 win over Vauxhall Motors followed before Nostell Miners' Welfare were beaten 10-3 at Moss Lane, with Pouncey netting five times. That win earned a home tie against Wrexham which Alty won 2-1. However, a Second Round Proper match at the Bescot Stadium saw Walsall beat Alty 4-0. The Saddlers' team that night included Amadou Bakayoko, who nowadays is in Coventry City's first team in League One. (Action from the Walsall game is seen, right).

In 2015-16 season, wins in three successive away ties earned Altrincham a First Round home match against Rochdale which they lost 2-0. In the three previous rounds Alty had disposed of FC United of Manchester 3-1 in the First Qualifying Round before a long trip to Cumbria saw Workington beaten 4-2. Another lengthy trip followed, to Newcastle Benfield, where Alty won 2-1.


The National League reports that "Chester have been dealt a huge blow with news that striker Matty Hughes looks set to miss the rest of the season through injury. The 26-year-old went off injured in the Blues’ 3-0 win against Hereford two weeks ago, the striker initially thinking it was a minor knock.

But an MRI scan has since revealed that the summer signing had in fact torn his anterior cruciate ligament. 'I turned and just felt it pop and I knew that something wasn't right, but I was expecting it to be something minor,' Hughes told Cheshire Live. 'I went for an MRI and the results got sent back to the club and they told me it was really bad news and that I've torn my ACL. It looks like I'm going to need surgery and that means six months before I can even start thinking about kicking a ball again. I was in a bit of shock and it's so gutting as I've never had a serious injury and now I'm going to miss the rest of the season just when I was starting to play my best football. I felt I was absolutely flying so this has come at the worst possible time.''"

Also from the National League we learn that "York City manager Sam Collins paid homage to his players after a dream start to life as permanent manager of the Minstermen... Collins was confirmed as the club’s new boss last week after impressing since the departure of Martin Gray just five games into the season.

And after Simon Heslop’s stunner ensured City took all three points from Southport on Saturday, Collins said... 'I spoke to the players on Friday because they’ve played a massive part in me getting the job without a doubt... It’s been very difficult for them because everything was up in the air and I’ve been trying to get my ideas over and they’ve just bought into it and I really do appreciate that. They’ve been excellent, and we actually thanked them on Friday because of that. This is just the start. Now we really want to try and kick on.'"

Also, from York Press we learn that "York City match-winner Simon Heslop will be free to play in the FA Cup at the weekend despite incurring a one-match suspension at Southport on Saturday. Heslop's ban was triggered after he received his fifth yellow card of the season just two minutes before rifling in the spectacular winning goal that clinched a 2-1 triumph on Merseyside.

But, with all the cautions coming in National League North contests, following a summer rule change, Heslop is not ruled out of this Saturday's fourth qualifying round trip to Blyth Spartans. Instead, he will miss the October 27 league trip to Telford.

Under the new law, yellow cards received in the league do not apply to knockout competitions, with two bookings leading to a one-match ban in the Cup, although a cut-off point has now been reached in the tournament, meaning only future cautions, received between Saturday's ties and the quarter-finals, will count towards that punishment.

City chief Sam Collins, meanwhile, reasoned that suspensions can be an occupational hazard, but he would clamp down on any unnecessary yellow cards. 'It’s a fine line, because I want everybody to be on the front foot and aggressive, especially midfielders,' he pointed out. 'Sometimes, you have to commit a professional foul as well when it’s a good time to do it, as Tom Allan did (at Southport) but, if people get booked for a needless free kick or a silly foul, then you feel differently.'

Teenager Nathan Dyer, meanwhile, has been hailed for his attitude after impressing Collins again during his second senior appearance. The 17-year-old apprentice kept his place in the side at Southport after a promising debut the previous weekend against St Ives Town in the Cup. That decision meant The Press’ Player of the Year leader Kallum Griffiths was kept out of the squad for back-to-back fixtures as Dyer fulfilled right-wing back duties, before being asked to operate in a more advanced role on the flank following a tactical first-half reshuffle.

He was later replaced by Jon Parkin, but Collins enthused 'I thought he was great again and I wasn’t surprised by that. The longer the week before the game went on, I wanted to see how he reacted after his debut because, sometimes, with the euphoria and adrenalin surrounding that, you can get a big low afterwards. But he trained really well and it was him all over when he did well after being asked to play out of position when we changed the system. With his attitude, he just kept going and going and he was one of our better players in general play.

'We only brought him off because we wanted to try and win the game and, if we’d have been happy with a point, we might not have changed anything, but we had the likes of Jon Parkin and Adriano Moke on the bench who I knew could help us get three.'

Skipper Joe Tait, meanwhile, was conducting running exercises on the pitch before the Southport game as he looks to recover from a tight hamstring muscle and Collins expects to have him back this weekend".

In the Boston Standard we learn that "Jay Rollins could be back in action for Boston United next month. The winger has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the end of last season. However, Craig Elliott was delighted to hear the attacker... may soon be able to feature again.

'We’ve had some positive news this week. We’re hoping four to six weeks to get him back playing,' Elliott said. 'For me he’s one of the best right wingers in the league. We’ve been missing him.'"

The Coventry Telegraph reports that "A rallying cry has been made for the whole of Nuneaton to back the Boro as it enters a crucial period. This weekend’s match versus Bradford Park Avenue is crucial to Nuneaton Borough Football Club’s history according to Marcus Jones, the town’s MP...

'The Boro has a fantastic history and a hard core of some of the most loyal fans in non-league football,' he said. 'The club is clearly in massive difficulty and could be lost if something is not done. Fresh ownership needs to be found, but local people also need to give their support to show any potential owner that the people will back the club. A town like ours should have a team in the higher echelons of the non-league pyramid at the very least.

'Like many I don’t go often enough, but I will be there on Saturday and as many times as I can in the future. We are very much at a "use it or lose it" moment. I hope people will come out in numbers and show they want a team we can be proud of in our town.'

Lifelong Boro fan and businessman David Parnell said that at least 700 fans are needed to turn out to the game this Saturday and versus Leamington on November 3 if the club has any chance of survival. 'It is not the supporters’ fault for this saga, but we are where we are,' he said. 'For the club to carry on in the short term a big noise must be made, and disgruntled supporters need to return and this Saturday versus Bradford Park Avenue is just the first D Day.'

Concerns about the future of the club have hit the headlines, with a need for a new board to step in and take over...

Mr Parnell... is one of several names that have been linked to forming a board to take over the club, something he has denied, but... 'I have no desire, finances or especially time to be a director or owner of the club at present, I am just an ordinary bloke trying to save the club,' Mr Parnell stated".

16 October 2018


On Monday night, Altrincham FC Youth played their FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Tadcaster Albion and won 4-2. Three Alty goals just before the interval determined the ultimate outcome.

The prize for Altrincham is a home tie in the First Round Proper against Oldham Athletic Youth.


On Saturday, Altrincham FC Reserves won a shoot-out to progress in the CCFA Amateur Cup Second Round. The game had ended 1-1 before Alty won the shoot-out 4-2, thanks to the saves of Andrew Jones.

The Alty squad comprised, Andrew Jones, Ryan Barry, Reece Coley, Matthew Cook, Rhain Davis, Callum Jones, Shaun Muscroft, Harry Sheridan, Joel Swift, Tom Westall, Stavros Tserpes. Subs: Harry Swift and Joseph Wyers-Roebuck.

Next Saturday the Reserves are away at Malpas.


On Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies lost 3-0 to Stockport County Ladies Blues. Nevertheless, Alty remain top of the North West Womens Regional League, Division One South. Next Sunday the Ladies entertain Warrington Wolverines at Mersey Valley FC.


TASC Travel Coordinator, Mark Eckersall, advises that "The FA Cup takes us on the road on Saturday with the short trip to Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County. As with all previous visits and other close games, due to minimum coach hire prices it isn't possible to provide coach travel at a competitive fare compared with other methods of getting there.

Right: Alty's last league visit to Stockport was on 17 December 2016 when County won 3-0. Pictured,right, Tom Hannigan heads clear. 3,991 spectators watched that game.

There are a number of ways of getting to the match, where we hope a good number of Robins will give their usual excellent backing. Various supporters have provided the following information, collated here, which may be of use:

Our normal coach service for the next away game to Hereford will be provided as usual.

Thanks, Mark".


Alty TV has highlights of Altrincham v Alfreton Town and a post-match interview with Jordan Hulme.

Above: Jordan receives his team-mates' congratulations after scoring on Saturday against Alfreton.


The Derbyshire Times tells us that "Alfreton Town boss Billy Heath ordered his players to roll up their sleeves and work harder after a first half horror show at Altrincham saw them slump to a fourth National League North defeat in a row.

The Reds will host St Neots in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday (3pm) with Heath’s words ringing in their ears...

'We’ve got to roll our sleeves up now and go back to what we were doing earlier in the season; really wanting to work hard,' said Heath. 'The first 25 minutes was poor to say the least. We didn’t compete anywhere on the park. We didn’t seem to have any presence about us anywhere on the park. We got what we deserved. It was too easy to come through us, too easy to break on us, too easy all round. The game was more or less finished at half-time.'

He added, 'Before the game the warm-up had been good. I always ask certain individuals how the warm-up has gone and they said it had gone well. But we just didn’t do the easy things, not passing the ball, not closing men down, not closing spaces nor just competing. The last four league games have been really poor, but we can turn it round. We’ve had a couple of FA Cup games sandwiched in that’s given us a couple of wins....

'But the League remains massively important... We need to be better; we’ll have a good look at St. Neots in midweek.'”


Glossop North End "have moved swiftly to fill the managerial vacancy following the departure of Mark Canning and Andy Bishop.Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have been appointed and will take up their posts immediately. They will be planning to meet the players on Tuesday and prepare for the next match away at Ramsbottom.

Chairman Dave Atkinson said... 'We are determined to get the club moving up the table and feel that the experience and know-how of Pete and Lloyd is the best way to ensure that we retain our Evo-Stik status. Fortunately, there are no midweek games for the next two weeks, so the new managers will have the chance to assess the team and make their plans for the rest of the season.' The managerial duo join the Hillmen after being in charge of neighbours Mossley for almost five full seasons, leaving in March this year."


The National League reports that "Alun Armstrong described Blyth Spartans’ defeat at Boston United as the worst performance he has seen in his three years in charge. The manager was furious after the 4-0 hammering at York Street and vowed improvement is on the way...

'It was abysmal from start to finish,' he said. 'I can’t understand the thinking of the lads, I am a little bit shell shocked, I never saw that coming. The last three weeks you think we have turned the corner, you think we can stick with the same team. It might be my fault for sticking with the same team, but it was baffling and the worst performance since I have been here. The biggest thing that we got them to recognise was that we need to work hard to earn the right to win a game.

'There wasn’t any workrate. We are in a really precarious position and we have got to make sure we get clear of it because confidence is a big thing in this group. Not one of them can put their hand up and say they gave 100%, and that’s worrying. We could barely muster three passes together... Too many out there had the FA Cup next week on their mind when, quite frankly, we are in a dire position in the league. I absolutely hate the mindset. Everyone knows Blyth Spartans love the FA Cup and it’s a big deal to everyone up here, but we can’t have performance like this.

'I have no doubt everyone will show up next week in the cup game, and that’s baffling.'”

NL Daily reports that "Droylsden have announced the signing of FC United of Manchester’s experienced frontman Liam Dickinson. The 33-year-old first made his name in the EFL with Stockport County. Joining County from Woodley Sports in 2005, he went on to score 21 goals in County’s 2007/08 campaign, which ended in promotion to League One...

He went on to sign for Derby County following their relegation from the Premier League but his game time would have to come at Huddersfield Town, Blackpool and Leeds United. Dickinson last scored goals in the EFL for Southend United in 2011/12 before moving into non-league".

The National League "team of the week" comprises -

  • Goalkeeper: Tony Breeden (Leamington)
  • Defenders: Daniel Shaw (Curzon Ashton), Jamie Curtis (Spennymoor Town), Ben Middleton (Boston United), Cameron McJannett (Curzon Ashton)
  • Midfielders: Kingsley James (Guiseley), Edward Williams (Kidderminster Harriers), Mark Anderson (Spennymoor Town), Simon Heslop (York City)
  • Strikers: Harvey Saunders (Darlington), Gavin Allott (Boston United)
  • Substitutes: Jamie Chandler (Spennymoor Town), Calvin Dinsley (Hereford), Jordan Hulme (Altrincham), Henry Cowans (AFC Telford United), Josh Law (York City)

At Kidderminster Harriers "With Ed Williams among the names attracting big headlines this season, Chairman Colin Gordon says Harriers fans can remain confident about the future of Aggborough’s top talent. Williams, who took his tally for the club to ten for the season with a brace at Bradford on Saturday, has made a blistering start to new campaign, form that has not gone unnoticed.

With media reports ‘linking’ the former Gloucester man with an imminent move away from Aggborough, the Chairman has moved swiftly to ease supporters’ fears... Harriers were, after all, named a top developer of footballing talent in non-league by a Scout 7, part of Opta Pro, earlier this year. It’s this kind of accolade, and the years of work that goes into recruiting new talent that gives the club a very unique position within football...

Colin insisted Harriers supporters should put faith in the club to ensure they’re always looked after... 'The fact that players like Ed Williams are doing so well for us at the moment is the result of the fact that we had been looking at him for 18 months before signing up and because he’s working with a good manager and a good group of players.... That’s the entire philosophy of what we are doing here; to identify that young talent that we think we can further improve and give opportunities to. They don’t go on to bigger and ‘better’ things unless its right for everyone, and that won’t change.

'Never in my time here have we been forced to cash in on a player or to sell them for less than we think they’re worth, and the only instances have moved on in that regard are when we have no control over it; the likes of Arthur Gnahoua and Elton Ngwatala who moved on for free because of their age and contractual situation. When it comes to developing young, talented footballers, we don’t ‘cash in’ and never would'...

He added 'We won’t be losing Ed Williams in the January or the summer unless everything about a deal for him is right; it’s that simple... He knows we’ll do what’s best for him and best for the club. The fact he’s attracting big interest, and isn’t by any means the only player at the club to do so, is a great thing and long may that continue'...

He went on to say '“I remember reading comments when Neil was appointed that we’d gone for someone with no managerial record and who was unproven, but he’s again a perfect example of us being able to identify the right kind of people. He’s had a good start here and works tirelessly, just as John Eustace did before him who everyone else thought was too risky a gamble and look where he is working now. We’ve lost analysts to the EFL and one of our groundstaff to the Premier League, all because we’ve created a platform whereby we can identify people, bring them in, and allow them to do what they’re good at, while we keep on doing what we’re good at'".

Hereford FC tell us that "The new management team of Tim Harris and Marc Richards have been quick to implement some additional sessions to the first team training nights. One of those additions is a strength and conditioning session in the gym at Hartpury, led by Matthew Banks, the resident lead on Strength and Conditioning at the college.

Head of Football, Tim Harris spoke about the new training sessions... 'It’s about building up their core and basically preventing injury.... hopefully we will get a major benefit in the weeks and months to come. It’s another part of the jigsaw, and it’s a very important part in making sure we can protect the hamstring injuries, the groin injuries and the calf strains and the things like that'.

The Bulls are limited to a set time out on the training pitches at Hartpury, so it’s all the more important to get the most out of each and every training session, as Harris explains 'When the lads go out on the football pitch, the players have got maximum time, they don’t have to do the warm-ups because they’ll be ready to go and maximise the time that we’ve got available on training nights.'"

Lincolnshire Live reports that "Boston United boss Craig Elliott hailed the impact of new signing Gavin Allott after the Pilgrims thumped Blyth Spartans 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The 32-year-old newcomer from Frickley Athletic marked his debut with United’s third goal in their 4-0 victory and formed a powerful attacking duo with fellow goalscorer Gregg Smith. Elliott said he had no qualms about bringing in the experienced Allott and was confident that he could deliver the goods over a longer period for the Pilgrims. 'Defensively we did really well and we created good chances in the attacking third... I was slightly worried at half-time because we were worthy of being 2-0 or 3-0 in front... There were two objectives; we wanted to score a goal and we wanted to win the game. It was nice to get the goal early and to get a clean sheet was a bonus too'".

A report from the Northern Echo tells us that "Darlington striker Reece Styche played as Gibraltar made history, winning a competitive game for the first time. They beat Armenia 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday... with Styche coming off the bench at the weekend to win his fourth cap.

He came on after 70 minutes against Armenia, who had Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their side. Styche, who missed Quakers’ 2-1 win at FC United of Manchester in order to represent his country, qualifies to play for Gibraltar through a grandparent... Darlington's most capped international is Franz Burgmeier, who made seven appearances for Liechtenstein during the 2008-09 season.

Gibraltar play at home to Liechtenstein tomorrow when they hope to record another win... Meanwhile, Gibraltar say they received an apology from Armenia officials after the wrong national anthem was played before their match. The anthem of Liechtenstein was mistakenly used."

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