WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Altrincham FC, The Robins, 1891.
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
The Robins finished 17th last season, with 47 points.
HOW DID SHOTS GET ON AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
The Shots won both games 2-1 last season, with Chike Kandi scoring the winning goal in both games. Joel Nouble and Toby Eder also found the net to score the opening Aldershot goals in each match respectively.
WHO’S THEIR GAFFER?:
Phil Parkinson – also a Sports Science Lecturer – was appointed ‘Alty’ manager on 28th April 2017, taking over for the final game of the season following the club’s relegation to the Northern Premier League (NPL). Prior to his appointment, he had taken his previous club, Natnwich Town, to the NPL Play-Off Semi-Final. He also took Nantwich to the FA Trophy semi-finals in 2016. As a player, he was a junior at Crewe Alexandra, and then at Reading, before having a year at Port Vale. He made 200+ appearances for Nantwich as a player, where he captained the team that won the FA Vase in 2006, as well as leading the ‘Dabbers’ to promotion from the North West Counties League and UniBond League First Division.
In his time at Moss Lane, Parkinson has gained promotion for Altrincham from the NPL (as Champions) in his first season and reached the play-offs in 2018-19 in National League North before winning promotion to the National League via the play-offs in 2020.
Very few players departed Alty last season, with Parkinson keeping faith in the majority of his 2020-21 playing squad. Lewis Salmon moved up to Championship side Notts Forest and midfielder Alastair Smith, winger Yusifo Ceesay and striker Joe Piggott also move on, whilst a handful of other players were released.
19 players remain contracted at the club from last season, more than at any other National League club. They include; keeper Tony Thompson, full backs Sean Densmore & Connor Hampson, centre-backs Ritchie Sutton & Tom Hanigan, midfielders Jake Moult & Dan Mooney, wingers Ryan Colclough & Matty Kosylo and forwards Josh Hancock & Tom Peers.
Parkinson has brought in 12 new faces this season, the most eye-catching of which is probably striker Marcus Dinanga (from Stevenage). Midfielder Connor Kirby has also arrived on loan from EFL side Harrogate Town until January.
WHO’S GOT THE WHISTLE?
Saturday’s referee is Ryan Atkin. This season, to date, he has taken charge of 3 National League matches, showing 8 Yellow Cards and 2 Red Cards.
HOW TO GET TICKETS:
Kick-off begins at 3pm for Mark Molesley’s team as we would like to remind both home and away supporters of our ticketing/match-day protocols HERE.
Our Ticket Office will be opening on the day of the game from 11am for home supporters who would like to purchase on the day of the game, (we advise fans planning on buying tickets on the day to arrive earlier). We further encourage supporters to pre-book their tickets via our upgraded Flowte ticket website HERE to avoid queues on the day.
With our Flowte ticket website, supporters can pick their exact seats and have their tickets emailed to them which can be scanned off a smart phone or printed off before the day of the game.
We will NOT be accepting payment at the turnstiles but for supporters who decide to attend closer to the game, they will be able to purchase their tickets via the Club Shop/Ticket Office in person through cash, card or contactless payment.
Following this, please use the scanners on the turnstiles to enter through to the ground once they’ve collected their ticket.
Turnstiles will open at 1:30pm.
We would also like to take the time to remind supporters of our new pricing structure going forward.
With updated Concession categories and in replacement of our Under 11s Go Free scheme, we have now introduced a new Family Ticket as shown in the full pricing list below:
- Adult – £20
- Concession (Disabled + Carer, Senior (over 65) – £16
- Junior (17 & under) – £7
- Family Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 Juniors) – £45
- Family Ticket (2 Concession, up to 3 Juniors) – £40
• Tickets for away fans will not be available on the turnstiles on the day of the game, they must be purchased online or from the ticket office..
• All Altrincham F.C. Supporters will enter the ground via Turnstile 4 at the front of the ground. This game is not segregated.
• Disabled/Carers should be booked in advance via our ticket office, but if they arrive on the day those people need to purchase their ticket from the ticket office. We have limited wheelchair spaces, so we advise supporters are advised to reserve them prior to the game.
• Any planned Supporter Coach travel needs to be advised to Aldershot Town in advance so that coach parking can be organised and planned.
• For this fixture, away supporters will be seated in the Away Seating in the South Stand and the Covered Terrace.
• There will be catering units available on the day of the game.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:
There will be ‘Live’ BBC Radio Surrey Sport Online commentary of the match with Rob Worrall and a Guest Summariser. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout the afternoon.