Match information: West v Altrincham

We welcome National League side Altrincham for our final friendly of pre-season. Please read the following important information before attending Saturday’s game.

Key details

? Saturday 24th July, 12 noon
? The Step Places Stadium, Brookburn Road, Chorlton, M21 8FE
? Friendly
🎫 Admission on the gate – £5 adults / £3 concessions (60+) / under-12s free with a paying adult

Preview

Manager Chris Rowley has arranged a serious examination of his side to wrap up preparations ahead of the NWCFL campaign, with 94 league places separating the teams at the conclusion of last season.

Altrincham head up the A56 at the other end of their pre-season – this will be their opening match ahead of the National League’s commencement on 21st August. It’ll also be their first game of the day, as after departing Brookburn Road they head straight to Ashton United for a 3pm kick-off.

Despite legal wranglings, the National League played to a finish last season with Phil Parkinson’s side in 17th place. This may have been a disappointment considering the Robins sat 4th after a 2-1 win at Torquay United on 2nd February, but should be put in the context of Altrincham remaining one of the few part-time clubs at non-league’s top table.

A significant chunk of the West side have experience in red and white, having played for Altrincham’s reserves under Rowley. Sam Heathcote’s time at Moss Lane was particularly notable, as he made 35 appearances for the Robins’ first team from 2015 to 2018.

Housekeeping

Saturday’s match will be the first at Brookburn Road since the easing of government restrictions on 19th July. The clubhouse and bar will be open as normal, with tables inside and outside. Alcohol can be taken around the ground, with the exception of glass bottles which must not be taken outside of the clubhouse. Please do not bring your own alcohol into the ground.

We are no longer operating under capacity limits but please continue to consider the safety and comfort of your fellow supporters:

  • Supporters are asked to wear a face covering while moving around inside the clubhouse and at the bar, unless exempt. Face coverings do not need to be worn while sitting inside the clubhouse.
  • Social distancing is no longer a requirement, but please remain respectful of others while moving around the ground.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the gate and outside the clubhouse.
  • As per government requirements, we will continue to collect details for Track & Trace purposes. The NHS QR code will be on display at the gate and pen and paper will also be available.

Parking

Hardy Farm car park, located at the bottom of Hardy Lane, will again be in operation. The car park will be open from 11am. Please use M21 8DP (what3words: ///kicks.unity.admits) for navigation, and stewards will be on hand to assist supporters. As usual, please do not park on the private roads on and around Brookburn Road. Please contact the club to arrange disabled parking.