6 January 2023

Match preview: Altrincham (A)

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Match preview: Altrincham (A)

Bromley travel to Altrincham this Saturday, 7th January, where they can anticipate a difficult game against Phil Parkinson’s men. After a substandard start to the season, Altrincham look to have turned the corner, unbeaten in their last seven games, with four wins and three draws. 

Bromley’s last meeting with Altrincham was the second game of the season, resulting in a point apiece after a 0-0 draw. It took Altrincham nine games to salvage a win, against Aldershot Town, and it was here that they experienced a sunny spell of form, with two wins in their next three games, their loss coming against title challengers Notts County. 

Altrincham boss Phil Parkinson was appointed by the club in the spring of 2017, the season where Altrincham suffered relegation to the Northern Premier League. He guided his team to league victory in his first season, and reached the play-offs of the National League North with the Robins in the 2018/19 season, succumbing to defeat by eventual play-off winners Chorley on penalties. Despite this setback, Parkinson steered his ship to promotion the following season, this time getting the better of the play-offs and defeating Boston United 1-0 in the final. In April 2021, four years after his original appointment, he signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023/24 season. 

Altrincham’s danger man and top scorer Ryan Colclough is currently on seven goals for the season, and will be looking to add to his tally, hoping to propel his team up the table, where they currently sit in 12th place, one point behind Bromley, with the Ravens having two games in hand. 

Despite Altrincham’s improving form, their defensive record does appear hazardous – Parkinson’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 consecutive league games, and have only kept three clean sheets in 25 league games this season. Bromley have kept nine clean sheets in 23 league games, and two consecutively in their last two league games, both against Southend. 

Altrincham’s clean sheet record leaves Bromley fans anticipating a cluster of goals, and Andy Woodman will be focused on the three points and maintaining his side’s impressive recent clean sheet record, hoping they can continue their play-off surge with glowing goalkeeper Reice Charles -Cook back between the sticks following a long injury. 

Written by Daniel Catlin

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