Altrincham boss issues warning after Telford setback


Damien Reeves holds off ex-Alty team-mate Gianluca Havern (Michael Ripley)

by Lauren Brassington

Having watched his players stumble to a 2-0 home defeat against AFC Telford on Saturday, ALTRINCHAM manager Jim Harvey warned: “No players are safe”.

Six weeks after taking over the Moss Lane hotseat, Harvey confessed he has ripped up his early plans to stabilise the squad. The defeat pushes Alty back into the bottom three of the National League North, with only one win from 14 league games.

“It was very disappointing because I thought we were showing signs of improvements over the last three or four games. It was very poor,” said Harvey. “It’s not that Telford were particularly good, but we were really bad, and unfortunately, after that performance, we are right back to the drawing board.”

With a few early shots on target Alty started well, but a disastrous 25th-minute backpass by Robins’ captain Alan Goodall was snapped by Telford centre forward Connor McCarthy for the visitors’ first.

Things got worse after the break when Bradley Reid lobbed Robins’ keeper Tim Deasy, leaving the home side with little hope of levelling.

“I don’t think anybody came out of that game with any credit,” added the Alty boss. “We simply didn’t compete.”

Harvey ordered his players to report for extra training on Monday ahead of the visit of bottom-placed Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday night, which is now a must-win game.

“The boys need to prove themselves,” said Harvey, who admits he is still getting the measure of the squad he inherited from Neil Young.

Asked which areas of the squad need improvement, Harvey simply replied: “All areas. We didn’t play as a team. There were 11 individuals out there. I need to assess who is good enough and, if I was a player, I’d be concerned.”