Altrincham Preview

by Hal Boxhall-Dockree
15 February 2017

Altrincham Preview


Harrogate Town travel to Altrincham on Saturday afternoon, looking to record back to back away victories for the second time this season.


After two consecutive 3-0 victories, Town have made an encouraging start to 2017, with just one league loss from seven this calendar year.

Saturday’s opponents currently sit rock bottom of the National League North, with just one league win to their name all season, though interim boss Matt Doughty will be desperate double their win tally sooner rather than later.

It would take an escape of miraculous proportions for The Robins to beat the drop this year from a current position of 19 points adrift with fourteen games to play, especially from a team that have recorded just two wins from 22 in all competitions.

The relegation threatened side have bolstered their ranks in recent weeks though, with Micah Evans and Chris Lynch joining from Worcester and Salford respectively, in the hope of helping Alty secure a first home league win of the season.

Altrincham’s game at Darlington last weekend fell victim to postponement, however The Robins were in action Tuesday night; losing to Evo-Stik NPL side Hyde United in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Only Stalybridge have scored less than the Greater Manchester outfit, who have also conceded the most goals this season, though Nicky Clee will be hoping to breach a defence he lined up alongside on five occasions this season.

Simon Ainge will need to be kept quiet in order for The Robins to improve on their defensive record, with the striker having scored seven in his last four appearances.

Ainge was on the score-sheet when the sides met back in August, though a 90th minute equaliser would go on to deny Weaver’s men all three points.