20 October 2017
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Academy Head Coach McIntyre had this to say, 'Away draws in this competition are always really tough but we’ll take a lot of confidence from the way we went about our business in the last round. It’s been a tough week for us in terms of preparation, we have seven unavailable for selection on Friday evening including both our centre-forwards from our game with Altrincham earlier in the season...
'The First Round Proper of the competition is our target every time we go into this competition. The chance of a big draw is a huge motivation... To have had to do it the hard way with two away ties at established clubs merely gives us the opportunity to rise to a challenge again and we will be giving everything to get to the First Round. We get magnificent support in this competition from Chester supporters and I hope Friday will be no different.
'Come and get behind us in a huge night for these players, they buzz off the support they get on these nights and it genuinely can be the difference for us'".
When youth team goalkeeper Cameron Terry was named in the Altrincham squad for last Tuesday's Integro Cup match against Ashton United, he became the first player born in the current millennium to figure in a Phil Parkinson first-team squad for the club. Cameron was born on 21 August 2000. He is seen, above, saving a penalty in the youth team's victory over Stockport County last Sunday.
Admission prices at Warrington are £10 for adults, £5 for concessionaies, £2 for under-16s, or free, if with a paying adult.
Mike Garnett's records record some curious statistics about the previous encounters between the two clubs; all five previous encounters have occurred at Altrincham, making this our first journey to Cantilever Park.
Last Tuesday, Warrington won 3-2 at Colwyn Bay in the Integro Cup. Colwyn Bay report that “On a night that looked more like a local curfew was in place rather than an Integro League Cup game, Colwyn Bay hosted Warrington Town in this first round encounter. And if the hundred and thirty-three supporters left the game feeling a little bemused, it wasn’t surprising. To quote the old cliche, 'It was a game of two halves', was never more apparent with both sides playing some excellent football in the process...
In the fourth minute [ex-Alty man] Jamie Menagh let fly a blistering shot that the keeper could only parry and Jack Kelleher was there to volley the loose ball into the Warrington net... By now it was all Colwyn Bay and when the Bay full back Kyle Jacobs, let fly with a left foot drive that rattled Ascroft’s far post, you would think that Colwyn would run away with it.
Town however, always looked dangerous going forward... Kris Leigh in the Bay goal was by far the busier of the two keepers but I would suggest that back passes contributed to it. After the half hour mark, Warrington were the busiest defensively with Colwyn Bay creating plenty of chances but unable to put them away.
Then, in the thirty fourth minute, Kelleher was up-ended just inside the Warrington area and the referee Daniel Bruce had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Ascroft saved from Rainford’s spot kick...
In the forty seventh minute... Kyle Jacobs... brought down Town’s captain Gerard Kinsella in the box. Penalty awarded and, from Aboubacar Sanogo’s spot kick, Warrington drew level. The way that Warrington had moved the game up a gear put pressure on the Bay who seemed unable to come to terms with it until later in the game... In the fifty ninth minute James Brannigan hit a low shot that beat Bay keeper Kris Leigh and rebounded off his post only for Connor Hughes to guide the ball home.
Town’s pace was unrelenting and in the sixty-fourth minute a Warrington free kick was taken by Liam Lambert but Kris Leigh could only palm the ball onto the head of Sanogo who made it 3-1... From the eighty minute mark, Bay seemed to come more into the game and, after the referee had given three added minutes of play, up came Jamie Rainford and squeezed the ball past Ben Ascroft at his near post from a tight angle in the 93rd minute".
Integro League Cup Second Round Draw
Courtesy of Mike Garnett, we have the historical record in games between Altrincham and Mossley...
Mike adds that our last meeting at Seel Park was on September 24, 1979, in the NPL Challenge Shield, which Altrincham won 4-2. The most recent meeting at Moss Lane was on September 30 2000 in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, which Altrincham lost 0-2.EvoStik League reports that "The commercial teams at Shaw Lane and Hyde United went into overdrive on Thursday after the Football Association confirmed their First Round ties in the Emirates FA Cup would be televised.
Both clubs will bank £67,500 in TV fees after being chosen by BT Sport and the BBC for live coverage in the First Round proper along with National League Chorley.
The EVO-STIK League North's Tigers will kick off a weekend of cup football on BBC 2 against League One MK Dons at Ewen Fields from 7.55pm on Friday 3 November with the Ducks hosting Mansfield Town at Sheerien Park in a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday on BT Sport 1. The Magpies round off the coverage on BT Sport 1 on Monday 6 November when they host another former NPL club in Fleetwood Town in a 7.45pm kick-off.
The EVO-STIK League's final flag-bearer, Premier Division Nantwich Town, missed out on live coverage of their trip to Stevenage but could still bank a welcome TV bonus with details of the full TV schedule, including matches moved to the Sunday for extended highlights, single camera footage and overseas broadcast coverage, expected to be confirmed at lunchtime on Friday.
If the Dabbers are switched to Sunday to feature on the BBC’s Final Score highlights programme they'll bank £12,500 while all three clubs will also hope to be in the spotlight on a special Football Focus 'On The Road' on BBC 1 on the Saturday at 12pm.
As well a chance to collect another £18,000 in FA prize money and progress in the world's oldest cup competition, the EVO-STIK League's final flag-bearers are expected to take full advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the ties".
Earlier, The Chad reported that "Mansfield Town fully expect their FA Cup first round tie at Yorkshire minnows Shaw Lane to be a live television game the weekend after next. The Stags have heard nothing as yet, but Evans said, 'If it’s not on TV, Shaw Lane will be shaking their head. It’s got everything for a TV game, every hallmark the television likes. Everyone outside the town of Mansfield wants us beaten don’t they? That’s why it’s most likely the TV cameras will be there.
'They only come for one reason. I’ve been very successful as an underdog in the past... If they are there the TV company believes Shaw Lane can beat Mansfield Town. I have been the underdog in the past, looking forward to bigger teams coming, and I have always fancied my chances, and they will...
'You have to prepare properly and we’ll prepare exactly the same for Shaw Lane as we will for Newport. You have to do your homework. We didn’t know much about Shaw Lane but, when the draw is made, you quickly do an analysis and they have got good players. They have a young man called David Norris, ex-Leeds United. I sold him to Bolton for a lot of money having found him as a parks player in Peterborough. He’s gone on to have a great career. He’s on the way down now but he’s a great lad.
'They have young Nicky Walker, who I had at Rotherham, I think I gave him his first-team debut there. Then you look at the likes of Damian Reeves who everyone in non-League football used to wonder "Where’s Reeves?" whenever you played Altrincham as he could score from anywhere. Once you are a goalscorer you are always a goalscorer. They also have the boy (Billy) Whitehouse who was at Doncaster and got a great move to Leeds.
'They have good investment up there for the level... It’s going to be tough... Stags' fans will remember Liverpool’s superstars coming here. Do we want more of that? Yes we do. But you have to earn the right and we will have to go to Shaw Lane and get a result'".
NL Pitchero reports that "Twelve months after announcing his retirement, Phil McLuckie is back at Workington AFC, after signing a deal until the end of the season.
Joint-managers David Hewson and Lee Andrews have moved quickly to plug the gaps in their squad, announcing that McLuckie will be returning to the club with immediate effect. It is the second signing in a week after promising youngster Tommy Whitehead linked up with the first-team squad, making a successful debut at Colne in the Integro Cup.
It follows last week’s departure of Jake Simpson and the injury to Jack Egan.
McLuckie has made 279 starts (plus 66 substitute appearances) for the Reds since his arrival during the 2007/08 campaign, scoring 30 goals in the process... McLuckie could fill the vacancy at right back caused by Simpson’s switch to a non-playing, full-time role at Chesterfield. He last played for Reds in October 2016... and cited a catalogue of injuries and shift work as the reasons for his decision.
Hewson was delighted with the recruitment of a naturally fit, versatile player... 'A fit and focussed Phil McLuckie would be an asset to any squad in this league and it won’t take him too long before he is up and running and ready for action. His working week has changed recently which will allow him to train on a regular basis'".NL Daily we learn that "Football teams in The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions have another chance to transform their club facilities in the second year of the £100,000 Buildbase renovation initiative.
The Buildbase Club Renovation Programme... will help renovate two non-league clubs in England and Wales. Clubs can start making their applications to the programme today, with a deadline to be announced in December and shortlisting in January next year. The product bursary will provide £50,000 each in building, electrical products and hire equipment to two clubs by the end of the 2017-18 season.
In the first year of the programme, non-league clubs Hanwell Town FC and Cleethorpes Town FC were selected as winners from 40 applications and six finalists. Refurbishment work and product specification is already underway at both clubs, with building materials and advice provided by their local Buildbase branches.
Teams taking part in the two non-league competitions, The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase, can start the application process by registering here.
Clubs participating in the competition can call on local fans to support their application through the Buildbase website and social media until the application deadline in December. Fans who register a vote for their team will also get 10% discount on online orders from Buildbase.
In February 2018 six shortlisted finalists, including three Buildbase FA Trophy and three Buildbase FA Vase clubs, will be invited to pitch their renovation project to a panel of judges from The FA and Buildbase at a 'Dragon's Den'-style event at Wembley. Two winners will be announced at The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase semi-finals in March 2018 and will receive an award presentation for their building products on finals day in May 2018, ready to start renovations over the summer...
Buildbase is in the second year of its two-year title sponsorship of The FA Trophy and FA Vase".Yorkshire Post informs us that "Paul Cox has confirmed that Guiseley have brought forward their decision to go full-time in order to give themselves the best chance of achieving their goals this season. Plans for the club to start operating on a full-time basis had been under consideration for several months, with it being a case of when, and not if, Guiseley would end their status as a part-time club.
Following discussions, that decision has now been made, with several players having already assumed full-time status, with the club starting full-time training on Monday.
Cox, whose side are in the bottom four of the National League and have won just once in the league this term, told the YEP, 'We started (full-time) on Monday. Obviously, we have not got the full quota who have gone full-time at the minute. We have done it so we give everyone the best possible chance to want to go forward with the club, which is key. In employment law, I could probably have given them four weeks’ notice and told everyone we were going to be changing working hours.
'But I believe in being fair with everybody and giving everyone the best possible chance to help themselves and us to get to where we want to. Our training schedules are Monday morning, Tuesday night, Thursday night and Friday morning, with Wednesdays off. That will allow the boys who have got jobs, who I don’t want to handicap in any way as we have got some good players who are part-time at the minute, to give them the understanding that they know we are going to be full-time.
'I want everyone to have the best possible chance to make a positive decision about going forward. In any sort of environment, change can initially have a shock. But, to be fair, the players I have spoken to, and even the players who have stayed part-time, have all agreed that going full-time is the best way forward for the football club. It is key when your players are stating that'...
The Guiseley manager added, 'The board have said we can move forward and going full-time is a help. It is a bit of a transitional period. We could have done it at the end of the season or Christmas time. But I spoke to the chairman and the board and didn’t want to leave it to a position and look back and think that we didn’t achieve our goals because we should have made a big decision at an earlier stage and it has been a big decision'". to benefit from the £100,000 prize in 2018. Just as our business is rooted in towns and cities across the country, non-league clubs are a vital part of the local community and the renovation programme is our commitment to helping them flourish."