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Cards aiming for revenge against newly promoted Altrincham

Glen Harrington - 14th March 2021

Cards aiming for revenge against newly promoted Altrincham Woking vs Altrincham
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Tuesday 16th March 2021

Woking and Altrincham meet for the second time in two weeks on Tuesday evening, as the newly promoted National League North side make the trip to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It was the Robins who emerged victorious in the rearranged fixture played earlier this month, with Matty Kosylo scoring the only goal, despite the home side being restricted by the first-half sending off of Tom Hannigan. The Cards responded well from the loss, picking up four points at home, beating King’s Lynn Town 3-0 and drawing 0-0 with Boreham Wood, before Saturday’s 2-1 loss at in form Yeovil Town. Alan Dowson’s side have lost just two of their last eight at home and will be hoping to extend a three-match unbeaten run at the Laithwaite this week.

Altrincham have played twice since these two sides last met – with their scheduled fixture against Dover Athletic having been cancelled. Last Tuesday they earned a respectable point with a 1-1 home draw against play-off chasing Hartlepool United before, on Saturday, they were beaten 2-1 at Aldershot Town, with former Card Chike Kandi scoring a late winner for the Hampshire side.

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The Cards will be sweating on the fitness of Jack Cook after he limped off just after half-time against Yeovil on Saturday. If he isn’t fit to start then Dowse will likely go with the back four which finished the game against the Glovers, with Josh Casey restored to left-back, and Kyran Lofthouse moving across to the right-hand side. Casey marked his return to the team at the weekend with a sumptuous assist for Max Kretzschmar’s consolation header.

Altrincham – The Boss

Phil Parkinson will celebrate four years at Altrincham in April and has enjoyed a successful spell with the Robins. He earned promotion from the Northern Premier League at the first attempt in 2018, before back-to-back play-off campaigns in National League North, ending in promotion last season. He took previous club Nantwich Town to the play-off final in the NLP and an FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Outside of football he is a Sport Science lecturer.

One to Watch

There aren’t a host of familiar names in the Altrincham squad but one recent signing to keep an eye on is striker Byron Harrison, who has just joined the Robins on a short-term deal. The veteran forward caught the eye playing for Barrow, where he netted 22 goals in 2016/17, before less successful spells at Barnet and Barrow again last season. He also has Football League experience with the likes of Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon, and Cheltenham Town.

Last Time Out

Altrincham 1-0 Woking – National League (2nd March 2021)

These two sides met just two weeks ago when Matty Kosylo scored the only goal and the ten-man hosts defended doggedly to hold onto all three points. Woking striker Jonté Smith put the Cards best chance wide of the target just before Altrincham’s decisive goal.

Next Up

Woking travel to Hartlepool United on Saturday, then to Wealdstone on Tuesday, before the much anticipated FA Trophy semi-final at Hereford at the end of March.

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