WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Altrincham FC, The Robins, 1891.
WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING PLAYED?
At Moss Lane, Altrincham, (Capacity 7,873)
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. Earlier this season, the two sides met in December 2021, with the Robins twice coming from behind to secure a point in a 2-2 draw. Alfy Whittingham and Mo Sylla scored for Shots, with Toby Mullarkey & Ryan Colclough on the scoresheet for Alty.
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. On Tuesday, the Robins dented Chesterfield’s promotion hopes, with a 1-0 home victory at Moss Lane, Matty Kosylo scoring the only goal.
ROBINS PLAYING SQUAD:
Players remaining at the club from last season, 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 brought in 12 new faces at the start of the season and also re-jigged his playing squad around the turn of the year. Coming in more recently are; Right Back Harry Perritt (on loan from Accrington Stanley), Centre-Back Kyle Ferguson and prolific striker Jordan Hulme, who has returned to Alty on loan from AFC Fylde.
WHO’S GOT THE WHISTLE?
Saturday’s referee is Andrew Miller. This season, to date, he has taken charge of 10 National League matches, showing 54 Yellow Cards and 1 Red Card. He refereed Aldershot Town’s 0-0 draw away at Chesterfield earlier this season.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:
If you are not going to Altrincham, for this season’s “Tour of Duty”, there will be ‘Live’ BBC Radio Surrey Sport Online commentary of the match with Rob Worrall and Guest Summariser, journalist Chris Pratt (NLP / NL Full Time Podcast). There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout the afternoon.