Robins recognition sees FA Cup come to Altrincham

ALTRINCHAM will have a special guest at tonight’s crucial home game against Bradford Park Avenue in the National League North.

Both sides are desperate for points as they’re in the drop zone, with Alty third-bottom after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by AFC Telford while rock-bottom Avenue are yet to win a league game this term. But many of tonight’s spectators will not just be going to the J. Davidson Stadium to witness a survival scrap, they will also be going to see the Emirates FA Cup.

Altrincham overcame Matlock in the fourth qualifying round and were chosen as the Club of The Round. The result was no Cup upset – the Robins were expected to go through as Matlock are a division below them – it was Alty’s social media work for the tie that earned them the award.

The Robins will now receive 2 tickets for next year’s final on May 27, 5 Nike training balls, 4 crates of Budweiser and £500 for social media support. Oh, and they will also get a visit from the FA Cup itself.

That’s right, the FA Cup will be in town tonight and you can have your picture taken with the famous old trophy, either pre-match between 6.30 and 7.15 or during the half-time interval.

Jim Harvey’s men will then look to mark the occasion by securing just their second league win of the season. Alty return to FA Cup action a week on Saturday (November 5), when they visit Lincoln City in the first round.

Full-back Andy McWilliams made his debut on Saturday after being signed from Avenue while striker Danny Hattersley has since left the Robins by mutual consent.

STALYBRIDGE CELTIC signed Scott Spencer from Stockport on Friday and although the ex-Hyde striker scored in Saturday’s home game with Alfreton, the visitors struck at the death to win 3-2. The ASHTON UNITED exodus to Stalybridge has also continued with keeper Grant Shenton following joint-managers Steve Halford and Paul Phillips to Bower Fold.

STOCKPORT won 1-0 at Chorley on Saturday to go ninth above SALFORD CITY, who lost 2-1 at home to Tamworth.

Mid-table FC UNITED have signed former Workington AFC striker Gareth Arnison and he is available for tonight’s trip to FC Halifax. The hosts are fourth but the Rebels will be in confident mood having won 2-0 at Kidderminster on Saturday.

CURZON ASHTON regrouped after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Brackley to draw 1-1 at home to Chorley on Monday night.

In the Vanarama National League, MACCLESFIELD TOWN could go joint-second if they win tonight’s Cheshire derby at home to Chester FC. Both sides scored last-gasp goals to draw 1-1 on Saturday, Chris Holroyd’s late leveller giving Macc a point at second-placed Dagenham & Redbridge while Chester drew at York City.