Altrincham FC vs Barnet FC
Saturday 27th April, 15:00
J Davidson Stadium
Vanarama National League
League Position: 17th (P35, W11, D8, L16)
Last Result: Altrincham 0-4 Sutton United (Saturday, April 17th)
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Top Scorer: Josh Hancock (11 goals)
The Bees next opponents have stumbled of late and are without a win in their last three, losing all three fixtures and scoring no goals in the process. Parkinson’s side will be targetting the fixture with the Bees as one to eradicate their recent poor form and will be hoping they can stop the rot on home soil. The Robins made a very good start to life back in The National League and were on the fringes of the play-off places back in January when the sides last met. However, on the whole, since the turn of the year they have slid down the league table and are firmly sat in the bottom half. All in all with no relegation, the Robins will be planning for their second season back in the league and will be hoping to perhaps build some momentum before the campaign finishes at the end of May.
The Robins were formidable when the sides last met at The Hive, after JJ Hooper put the Bees ahead, Parkinson’s side responded quickly through Matty Kosylo to level the scores ahead of half time. Parkinson’s side continued to pile on the pressure and got their reward in the first minute of added time when top scorer Josh Hanock poked home to secure all three points for the Robins. That game highlighted the Robins style of football, they like to pass and keep possession, meaning it’ll be another different test for Simon Bassey’s side.
The Bees head to the North-West in fine fettle and will be full of confidence after going three matches unbeaten since Simon Bassey took the helm earlier in the month. Tuesday nights goalless draw was another strong display from the Bees, who stood up to everything the Wood tried to throw at them, despite the pressure Aymen Azaze rarely had to make a save in a scrappy game in Hertfordshire. Tomorrow’s trip provides a different test for the Bees, but they’ll head to the J Davidson Stadium knowing that they are more than capable of securing a positive result, which could move them closer to the pack above them in The National League table.
In terms of team news, Michael Petrasso continues to train with the team as he looks to ramp up his recovery from injury. Courtney Baker-Richardson is also available after serving his suspension from the red card he received away at Wealdstone on Easter Monday.
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