Other teams in the Premier Division this season are Chorley, Hyde United and Prescot Cables
Alty's next league fixture is at home to Prescot Cables at Flixton Football Club M41 8RQ next Sunday.
In the NWYA Open Cup, Alty are at home on a date TBC to Southport and in the Neil Thomason Cup they entertain Chorley.
In the FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round, to be played in week commencing Monday 18 September, Altrincham will be away to either Ashton United or Chadderton.
Mike Garnett reminds us of the historical record of matches between Alty and Whitby Town. After ten encounters, Whitby have yet to defeat Altrincham.
On Saturday, the Whitby Gazette reported that "A clinical performance from Stourbridge ensured a 3-1 defeat and a second defeat in three for Whitby Town. Just four shots on target brought three goals from the visitors, with Jordan Archer netting a brace, with Glassboys skipper Paul McCone adding the other. The Seasiders' only response came from Luke Bythway's powerful 25-yard free-kick.
Chris Hardy named an unchanged side from Tuesday night's victory over Stalybridge Celtic, with the only change to the team sheet coming with Andy Monkhouse making the bench over Anthony Hume...
Whitby Town: Bland 6, Martin 6, McWilliams 6, Bythway 7, Bullock 6, Snaith (c) 7, Carson 6, Gell 6, Weledji 6, Tymon 6, Risbrough 6. Subs not used: Roberts, May, McGoldrick, Fryatt, Monkhouse... Whitby Town MotM: Luke Bythway - scored Whitby's first-half equaliser with a thunderbolt free-kick, whilst putting in a solid performance at the back"
Matlock Town have video highlights of Saturday's game with Altrincham.
Above: Alty hold a huddle before kick-off.
Matlock Town report that "Dwayne Wiley’s bullet header from a 48th minute corner won the Gladiators all three points on a day when sheer hard work and determination won the day over quality... So Matlock have seven points from three games , while Alty, one of the pre season favourites for the title, have just a solitary point so far.
It was the visitors’ James Poole who had the first strike at goal... Altrincham continued to attack but Matlock should have gone in front in the 12th minute when the electric pace of Darnelle Bailey-King saw him race beyond Tom Hannigan only to shoot wide of the far post in a one on one with Thompson. In the next minute Alty fullback Simon Richman brought down Ted Cribley and after he was booked, Jake Green’s free kick was fingertipped aside by Thompson. This was a good spell of pressure from Matlock with Wiley having a 19th minute chance from a carbon copy of his goal which he glanced wide.
Poole looked to be the Alty dangerman... Matlock soon had Altrincham on the back foot after the break with the goal...
Doyle-Charles received a 78th minute caution for fouling Poole as slightly worrying for the homesters, they were being pushed further back as the Robins increased the pressure... Matlock defended resolutely as Altrincham struggled in vain for a breakthrough... Matlock could reflect on a battling performance rather than one full of attacking flair, but nevertheless it was a job well done".Hednesford Town report on Shaw Lane AFC 3 Hednesford Town 1. "Hednesford Town would fall to defeat against league new boys Shaw Lane with defensive frailties once again costing the Pitmen dear. Manager Neil Tooth was able to call on the services of striker Luke Rodgers for the first time this season with him coming straight into the starting line-up.
The game was barely three minutes old though before the Pitmen found themselves a goal down after the home sides Gavin Rothery picked the ball up on the left before delivering a teasing ball into the box which was turned home by Sam Oji into his own net. Hednesford responded well from this early setback though and drew level in the 14th minute when Danny Glover once again rose highest to nod the ball down inside the penalty area and Matt Dodd was able to poke it home underneath the advancing goalkeeper...
Hednesford felt somewhat aggrieved in the 42nd minute when James Lawrie’s effort was ruled out with Glover adjudged to have fouled his man... This would prove to be crucial as on the stroke of half-time the home side retook the lead... A third goal would arrive for Shaw Lane in the 59th minute...
[Alty old-boys or ex-trialists are emboldened in the following list]. Shaw Lane AFC: Stewart, Bembo-Leta, Sergeant, Lenighan, Lugsden, Qualter, Byrne, Harris (Abadaki), Clayton (Chilaka), Norris, Rothery (Walker). Subs not used: Reeves, Hough
Hednesford Town: Wren, Wright, Ballinger, Bailey, Oji, Smith, Dodd, Thorley, Glover, Nadat (Rodgers 65), Lawrie (Green 61). Subs not used: Mutton, Melbourne, Taylor". At least one Shaw Lane supporter nominated Lenighan as Man of the Match on Twitter.
Alty's poor start to the season continued as they lost to a headed goal by Wiley, from a right-wing corner. The first half had seen some good play from Alty but with no real goal threat at the end of it. But Alty started the second half poorly and Matlock took the lead in the 49th minute. Second half substitutions did improve things but it was deep into added time before Sam Sheridan produced his side's best shot of the game which Barnes pushed over the bar.
Above: Tom Hannigan heads clear in the second half as Lewis Short looks on.
Match report here
"One point from two games is obviously not the start that we were looking for in our opening matches of this EVO-STIK Premier Division campaign, but I was delighted with the way the players dug in on Tuesday night at Nantwich to get a result.
The 3-0 opening day home defeat to Stafford was pretty devastating in itself, so when we went a goal down and were reduced to ten men, inside forty minutes, with the dismissal of Tom Hannigan, I was wondering what the hell was going on, but I could see the determination on the players’ faces in the dressing room at half time and we really took the game to Nantwich in the second half, despite having a one man disadvantage.
We had to take a chance tactically, by going one on one against them at the back, but this worked well and we gradually took control of the game and deserved the late equaliser through John Johnston’s penalty, which we may have been a little fortunate to get as the tackle may have been just outside the area... if it was, then we deserved a bit of luck, we certainly deserved something out of the game.
We all appreciated the tremendous support at Nantwich, there must have been a couple of hundred Alty fans, who kept on singing and encouraging the team throughout the game, despite the difficult circumstances that we faced from the thirty-ninth minute onwards.
Today, we travel to Derbyshire to take on Matlock Town, who have started well with a draw at highly fancied Stourbridge and a 3-2 home win against Hednesford on Tuesday night. It will be a tough encounter but I know the players will be up for it.
We will be without Shaun Densmore for the next three games, he is best man at a wedding in the USA and Chris Lynch will not be travelling, as he has a back problem. Tom Hannigan will miss Tuesday night’s game at home to Whitby as he will be serving a one match suspension, therefore we need strengthening in that central defensive area and I am hoping to bring someone in to do that, possibly today, but certainly for Tuesday.
We are still searching for that first win, but I am convinced that when it comes, these players and this team will start to fly and I am convinced that everyone is in for an exciting and successful season".EvoStik League confirms the following transfers involving Premier Division clubs...
Report to follow....TRAVEL UPDATE TASC Travel Coordinator Mark Eckersall advises... "Thanks to all those who came with us to Nantwich on Tuesday night. Tomorrow's 16 seater to Matlock is now full but we'll be looking to move to 28/32 seaters again as people return from holiday. So please do book early to help us gauge numbers.
There won't be any coach travel to Witton on 28 August due to its close proximity (12 miles) and difficulties of pricing short trips with any value. We will be arranging transport to Barwell, though,on 9 September so look out for details of that soon"SATURDAY FIXTURES