Robins boss Phil Parkinson with his latest column for Altrincham Today…
It’s been a very exciting week for everyone at the club as we prepare for our big FA Cup 1st Round tie at York City on Sunday.
Kick-off is at 12.45pm as we are one of eight games that are being covered with live highlights on BBC Two’s Final Score programme.
Because of the early kick-off and the importance of the match to the club, we are staying over at a hotel tonight, which is something that we may need to consider doing more often due to the considerable distances that we now have to travel in the National League North.
Highlights from the 2-2 draw at Kings Lynn:
Last Saturday, we spent four hours travelling down to Norfolk to take on Kings Lynn and the player stats indicate that the long journey probably affected our first half performance, which is understandable.
In the second half, we were the better side, but had to come from behind twice to a couple of wonderful goals from Adam Marriott, who really is a top-class striker at this level.
Jake Moult’s 96th-minute equaliser was a massive moment and I am so pleased that we were able to get something from the game for our fantastic fans who made a terrific effort to support us so superbly.
Tomorrow’s cup tie is a particularly tough one. York are unbeaten in all competitions this season and people will look at the league table and see York flying high at the top and Altrincham in 18th and think this is a home banker, but we have already come through very tough tests in being drawn away to Chester and Southport, who are both in the top four of our league and it will be a stronger Alty side that they will be coming up against, than they did, when beating us 3-1 on the opening day of the season at the J Davidson Stadium, when we were without the injured Jake Moult and the suspended Josh Hancock.
In fact, there will probably only be six of the 11 that started that August afternoon that will start tomorrow, so it’s quite a different team from that day.
Luke Wall is cup-tied having played for Curzon Ashton in a previous round, but Connor Hampson is available again, so we will be travelling to Yorkshire this afternoon with a very strong squad.
The early kick-off on a Sunday is not ideal for many Alty fans but we know that those who can, will travel and I’m sure that we will have a tremendous following at Bootham Crescent tomorrow.