• 20 Oct 2018: "ALTY WILL BE A TEST", SAYS GANNON...More
  • 20 Oct 2018: STOCKPORT: AT THE GROUND...More
  • 20 Oct 2018: ALTY OLD BOYS...More
  • 20 Oct 2018: FA CUP TIES...More


  • 20 Oct 2018: FCUM GET THEIR MAN...More

20 October 2018


When Altrincham travel to Edgeley Park on Saturday for their FA Fourth Qualifying Round match, Stockport County have advised that "Visiting supporters will be accommodated in our all-seated, covered Vernon (South) Stand. Due to the conditions of our Safety Certificate, supporters will be segregated. No transfers will be permitted once inside the ground. Cash-only turnstiles.

Admission via Railway End (East) Stand Turnstiles (3 & 4, Hardcastle Road)

  • Adults (18+): £10
  • Concessions: £7 i.e Students in full-time education, over 65s, disabled supporters (wheelchair helper/carer free)
  • 6-17s: £4
  • Under 6s: £2 with a paying adult

Anyone requesting disabled tickets must contact the ticket office prior to the game on 0161 266 2700 Ext 251

Supporters should be informed that there will be no parking at the ground and they can use nearby ‘Booth Street’ car park (SK3 9DF) for which a charge of £4.00 is payable. This is a secure car park which will be staffed throughout the match from noon to 7pm".


Before Sarurday's game, Stockport County quoted manager Jim Gannon on their last outing "the draw at home to Hereford [and] the challenge ahead in the FA Cup against Altrincham... 'It was very disappointing. I knew they’d be a tough nut to crack, but I didn’t expect Hereford to be as negative as they were. It nearly worked for them, they made it difficult for us and we made it difficult for ourselves.'

It wasn’t just the resilience of Hereford that was frustrating Stockport County at the weekend, but also their own cutting edge in front of goal. The Hatters, despite dominating possession, rarely threatened the Bulls goal.

'I don’t think we really worked the keeper. We’ve got ourselves into some really good positions and I think the final ball was lacking. In terms of crossing the ball into the right areas, which we’ve practised, and the set plays were poor or over hit, which was just really disappointing'... Despite huffing and puffing, until the late penalty, the Hatters weren’t really able to carve any openings'.

Jim Gannon on Altrincham and the FA Cup 'It will be a test, you only have to look at their recent form' says Jim, acknowledging Alty’s goal tally in recent weeks. 'They’ve beaten Whitley Bay 5-0 and Bradford Park Avenue 4-0 {actually 4-2], so they’re a side showing courage in their convictions in the FA Cup'".


Droylsden now include at least half a dozen ex-Alty players in their squad list, following the arrival in late September of Sean Miller. "23 year-old Sean joins on a dual registration with Chester FC and has had previous spells with Connah’s Quay Nomads and Altrincham".

Also at the Butcher's Arms are Alex Frost, Kelvin and Kieran Lugsden, Sam Madeley and Sefton Gonzales, who has been "named Player of the Month for September, sponsored by Bowland Brewery. Sefton was presented his beers by last month’s winner, Domaine Rouse".

Meanwhile, Tolani Omotola (right), who had a brief career at Altrincham last season, is now playing for Buxton, alongsode former Alty Youth Jude Oyibo.


Saturday 20 October 2018

The northern-section ties are:

  • Guiseley v Stourbridge
  • Warrington Town v FC Halifax
  • Chorley v Barrow
  • Hartlepool Utd v Kidsgrove Athletic
  • AFC Fylde v Chesterfield
  • Southport v Ashton Utd
  • Blyth Spartans v York City
  • Harrogate T v Wrexham
  • Dunston UTS v Gateshead
  • Stockport Co v ALTRINCHAM
  • Marine v Salford C
  • Witton A v Solihull Moors
  • Alfreton Town v St Neot's Town

Prize money for winners in this round is £25,000.


Saturday 20 October 2018
  • Brackley Town v Spennymoor Town
  • Curzon Ashton v AFC Telford United
  • Darlington v Boston United
  • Kidderminster Harriers v FC United of Manchester
  • Nuneaton Borough v Bradford (Park Avenue)


Bradford (Park Avenue) "have completed the signing of versatile teenager Alex Hurst from Matlock Town... Manager Mark Bower revealed that a new arrival was imminent and a deal has been agreed for the talented 18-year-old. Hurst, who will turn 19 on Monday, joined The Gladiators at the beginning of the 2018/19 season after impressing as a trialist during pre-season.

He ascended the ranks of Crewe Alexandra’s academy, which is renowned for the high calibre of player it produces. Whilst with Crewe, he represented the club’s under-18 and under-23 sides before departing for Matlock.

Mark Bower’s squad has been plagued by injuries in recent weeks and Hurst’s versatility will be crucial as Bradford look to remain in the play-off picture. He can operate on the left-hand side of midfield or at left-back, as well as being able to play as an attacking midfielder or forward".

In the Hartlepool Mail we learn that "Former Hartlepool United defender Louis Laing has completed his move to Blyth Spartans. Last week, the 25-year-old centre-back saw his Pools contract, which was due to run out at the end of the season, cancelled by mutual consent.

Laing made 43 appearances for Pools after arriving in the summer of 2017, and his only goal for the club, in a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient, secured the club's National League status. However, Laing had played just once for Matthew Bates's side this campaign, and it is thought his departure will free up room in the budget for a new striker.

Spartans were quickly linked with a move for the defender, who reportedly turned down a move to Croft Park in the summer, in the hope of recovering his Pools career... Laing came through the academy at Sunderland and featured for the first team under Steve Bruce. He also represented England Under-19s, and played for Notts County, Motherwell and Inverness CT before moving to Pools."

Meanwhile York Press tells us that "Blyth Spartans have defensive headaches ahead of their FA Cup fourth qualifying round home tie against York City tomorrow.

Skipper Nathan Buddle is suspended after picking up his second yellow card in this term’s tournament during the team’s 2-1 triumph at Gainsborough Trinity, meaning he will join injured fellow centre-halves Ryan Hutchinson and Sam Brotherton on the sidelines this weekend. Left-back Jordan Watson, meanwhile, limped out of last weekend’s 4-0 National League North defeat at Boston, although Michael Liddle is believed to be fit enough to return to the first XI in his place.

Midfielder Kieran Green will also be serving a one-match ban, though, for picking up his second FA Cup caution at Gainsborough, meaning boss Alun Armstrong’s resources will be stretched, with Aaron Cunningham and Connor Oliver in line for recalls to the starting line-up.

In attack, Dan Maguire is this term’s joint five-goal leading marksman with midfielder Sean Reid, while former City striker Bradley Fewster is still struggling to reproduce the goalscoring form he showed during his 2015/16 loan spell at Bootham Crescent or, indeed, the potential expected of him as an England under-19 international and Middlesbrough reserve.

Fewster, who netted eight times in 24 matches for City and won a League Two Player of the Month award at the age of 20, has only hit the target once... in 13 appearances for Blyth, having failed to score in 24 outings for Spennymoor last term. Blyth could soon turn instead to 18-year-old hopeful Jack Butler, who has plundered seven goals in six games whilst on dual registration terms with Ashington in the Northern League...

At home, Spartans are bidding to rack up three consecutive wins for the first time since last November... Armstrong’s men are also their division’s third-top scorers at home with 13, placing them behind Spennymoor (18) and Kidderminster (16), even if Blyth’s tally is somewhat swollen by their freak 8-1 victory over Chester in August. The rest of the season had been more of a battle, with no side having lost more than the eight defeats fourth-bottom Spartans have suffered... Their results in the tournament during the past three seasons have been poor".

According to the EvoStik League "Bamber Bridge have confirmed that manager Neil Reynolds will leave the club to join FC United. Reynolds has been in charge at Irongate since December 2016 and led them to promotion to the EVO-STIK League Premier Division last season. He will take charge of Brig for the final time this weekend at home to Basford United, before joining the National League North club.

Club chairman, Fran Doyle, said, 'The speculation arose following an approach by FC United of Manchester for Neil to become their manager. This approach was turned down by Bamber Bridge FC as Neil was under contract to this club. Discussions between Neil and both clubs continued and following the approval of a compensation agreement with FC United of Manchester, Bamber Bridge Football Club have reluctantly agreed to release Neil from his contract with the club.

'Neil has served Bamber Bridge Football Club as both a player and manager with great skill, dedication, integrity and passion for over two decades. Under Neil’s management the club has won the Integro cup and were promoted to the NPL Premier Division".

Nuneaton Borough report that "Danny Burns has left the Club and has joined Stafford Rangers. Burns impressed during a pre-season trial and signed on a permanent basis. He was an ever-present fixture in the side until the FA Cup replay with Brackley Town when he picked up an injury."

According to the Shropshire Star "Boss Gavin Cowan has urged his AFC Telford United charges not to underestimate Curzon Ashton despite their home struggles. The Bucks head to the Tameside Stadium tomorrow, where Curzon are yet to win in National League North this season.

Cowan's side have not won any of their last three trips there though, and lost their last three games on the road.

'It's a good surface and never an easy place to go to,' said the Telford chief. 'Curzon are a very good footballing side with a lot of experience at this level and they cannot be taken lightly. It's about us and making sure we get it right. We're playing against ourselves, really. Momentum is a big thing for us and we want to go up there and put on a really good show.'

The Bucks, after a blistering start to the season, are on a four-game winless run in the league. Their last outing, though, was a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with top-of-the-table Chorley at the New Bucks Head.

'A lot of character was on display but the performance was excellent as well,' said Cowan. 'Chorley, credit to them, are the league leaders and they're a very good team but we matched them and a point was the least we deserved'...

Meanwhile, goalkeeping coach Darren Acton has gone back to Solihull Moors after leaving Telford. The former Bucks shot-stopper joined Cowan's coaching set-up from Moors in the summer due to work commitments, but now has more flexible hours so has returned to Damson Park...

'Not to have him by our side is going to be a huge blow,' added Cowan... 'As a group, we will move on. I believe we have the quality within the group of staff and players to continue to thrive.'"

We are informed by the Yorkshire Post that "A quartet of Yorkshire teams will compete for a place in the FA Cup first round proper this weekend".

[They include] York City, "[who] have been unable to manoeuvre themselves past this stage of the competition since dropping out of the Football League two years ago. They face a trip to fellow National League North side Blyth Spartans...

Guiseley, who are just two points behind York in National League North standings, will fancy their chances of reaching the first round proper for a second consecutive campaign. The Lions, who host seventh-tier side Stourbridge, made history last season by reaching the second round for the first time in the club’s history... Guiseley fell 3-0 in the second round at Mansfield, but another money-spinning run would certainly not be sniffed at by the Lions."


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