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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Altrincham

It's the Phil Parkinson derby again.

27 October 2022

After both sides enjoyed rousing wins in midweek, the Phil Parkinson derby is set up nicely, with the managerial namesakes both getting a tune out of their squads as Wrexham prepare to take on Altrincham at the Racecourse Ground. The Vanarama National League match on Saturday October 29 kicks off at 3pm.

Wrexham's victory over Halifax Town, coming hard on the heels of the impressive draw at Boreham Wood, confirmed a lot of the positives the team has shown this season. They showed resilience to bounce back from a poor opening half-hour and dominate the remainder of the game; tactical flexibility as they changed shape to pose the visitors new problems; and goal power as their pressure inevitably led to the dam bursting and the goals pouring in.

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The result maintained Wrexham's 100% record at The Racecourse - the only other teams to still have perfect home form in the top seven tiers of the pyramid are Manchester City, Arsenal and Plymouth Argyle.

Altrincham, meanwhile, enjoyed a 1-0 home win over Oldham Athletic which continued their good run of recent form. Indeed, their season so far has been very similar to that of last Tuesday's opponents: they started poorly but have had a good October.

A heavy defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge in mid-September dumped them at the foot of the table, and Parkinson admitted that his job was on the line.

“I know I’m clinging on for dear life", he admitted to the Sale and Altrincham Messenger after the game, "because a manager’s job is all about results. The board have been superb with me, but I’m under no illusions that we need to start winning to stay in the job.

“But I believe in this group of players, and the performances have not been far away.

“Bar this game and the one at Solihull Moors, we have absolutely been in every one so far.

“My biggest job now is to make the players aware of what they need to do better while still keeping them positive, but I’m completely confident we can turn the corner and make it work within this full-time model.

“The fans have got to buy into it as well. I know it’s difficult when we are losing, but we really need the fans to be on board, along with everyone else connected with the club.”

It seems the message was heeded, because since then things have improved considerably, propelling the Robins to 15th place. Three wins and a sole defeat to league leaders Notts County have come from their subsequent five matches, and they really ought to have won four of those games, but a remarkable game at Torquay ended 4-4 despite Alty deservedly leading 2-0 at the break. An equaliser in the seventh minute of added time thwarted Altrincham's ambition of victory.

Alty boss Parkinson was delighted after the Oldham victory, which he saw as a vindication of the faith he has placed in a young, talented squad

“It’s all about consistency, but they can achieve whatever they want to in this division," he explained to The Messenger.

“The sky’s the limit for this team, but they are young and still learning. There will be more really exciting nights like this ahead, but we need to stay behind them and keep giving them the support they need."

“When I look back to when we took over and were playing teams like Barwell in our first season, I didn’t think I’d be standing here now, reflecting on a game against a team who were in the Premier League not all that long ago.

Phil Parkinson - Altrincham manager.

With four goals in those five games, Marcus Dinanga has hit excellent form up front, having turned his Altrincham career around impressively. A summer 2021 signing, last season went badly for him and he ended up on loan to Kidderminster and Dartford having failed to merit a place in Alty's squad. However, Parkinson showed faith in him and has been rewarded by improved form and a new-found eye for goal.

It's not all been plain sailing since the Dagenham defeat though. While league form has improved, Parkinson was disappointed by elimination in the FA Cup by Gateshead

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Last season we enjoyed our biggest win over Altrincham, triumphing 4-0 at The Racecourse. In truth, the margin of victory could have been wider, as we completed the scoring ten minutes before the break!

Jordan Davies struck in the third minute, and although the excellence of Alty keeper Tony Thompson meant they nearly held us at bay until the half hour, Paul Mullin struck twice in four minutes and Ollie Palmer rounded off the scoring. With a demanding run-in to follow, we clearly coasted through the second half

That concluded the first league double either side has enjoyed in this fixture, as earlier in the season goals from Aaron Hayden and Bryce Hosannah secured a 2-0 win at Moss Lane.

READ THE REMARKABLE STORY OF WREXHAM'S FIRST MATCH WITH ALTRINCHAM

We're on a run of three consecutive wins over The Robins, our best against them, although we actually lost at The Racecourse when they visited us in December 2020. Wrexham looked comfortable until Alty took a first half lead, and with the game being played behind closed doors, there was no crowd to rouse the team out of the lacklustre performance which followed.

Alty have a good record at The Racecourse: they also won a remarkable game in 2014 when three red cards shaped the game. Andy Bishop and Louis Moult picked up two of them as we surrendered a comfortable lead to lose 3-2.

They also triumphed in April 2009, a 1-0 win marking their first league visit to The Racecourse.

We've enjoyed successes in this fixture too. During Gary Mills' impressive start as manager we won 3-1 in September 2015, with Blaine Hudson, James Grey and an own goal proving decisive.

We also won 2-1 in February 2011, through goals by Andy Morrell and Adrian Cieslewicz.

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Phil Parkinson's 875th match as a manager. (That's the Wrexham one!)

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham AFC 4-0 Altrincham

Four great goals maintain winning streak at home

29 October 2022

A treasure-trove of brilliant goals handed Wrexham a 4-0 victory over Altrincham.

Paul Mullin defined greatness, scoring an overhead kick to open the scoring in front of this season’s record crowd of 10,107. 

Ollie Palmer added a second goal just two minutes later, via a cool, calm and collected finish into the bottom of Oliver Byrne’s net. 

Palmer struck a third just over an hour into the game, with another trademark sweeping finish, before James Jones rounded off the scoring for the day, after some exquisite football from the Red Dragons.  

Phil Parkinson named one change for the match, as Jordan Davies took his place back in the starting eleven, with Elliot Lee dropping to the bench.  

The first talking point of the match saw Mullin bewilderingly called offside by the linesman, as he went through on goal from an Altrincham backpass. The referee seemed to overrule the linesman on this decision, but it was in vain as Mullin skyed his effort into the Kop. 

It was a dominant start by Wrexham, as they were cruising along, but the play lacked any sort of killer touch. 

With 26 minutes gone, Mullin created half a yard of space by shifting the ball onto his left foot and powered a shot towards goal, which unfortunately landed on the roof of the net. 

On the half hour mark, Jake Cooper won a surprising header on the edge of the Wrexham box, but it was thumped straight into the hands of Mark Howard. 

Out of nowhere, Ollie Palmer was found at the back-post to see his shot cleared off the line, but the resulting attack led to Mullin rotating his body to bury his overhead kick into the bottom corner of the Altrincham goal. A truly marvelous goal with 31 minutes on the clock. 

Last season’s league top scorer then went on to assist his strike partner, as Palmer provided a sweeping finish to bury the ball into Byrne’s net just two minutes later. The killer instinct had certainly now been found. 

Altrincham had started to settle into the game, but were quelled by two instant goals. 

Ryan Colclough marauded down the left-hand side on the hour mark in acres of space, laying-off a ball to the completely free Elliot Osborne inside the Wrexham box. However, the Altrincham number ten completely scuffed his shot, as it dribbled wide of the goal. 

Colclough was again the danger man for the Robins, manufacturing room to shoot on the edge of the Wrexham box, but ultimately blazing his shot over Howard’s crossbar.  

Once again, Altrincham were starting to create more chances and so Wrexham responded. Callum McFadzean found open air to run into, before sliding a ball across to Palmer in the box. The big striker used his strength to turn the defender behind him, as he swept another finish into the back of the Altrincham net 65 minutes in. 

Three minutes later Howard was required to make his first real save of the game, as he tipped over a Chris Conn-Clarke long ranged effort. 

The fourth and final goal sealed a fine victory in style though; a result of pure, exquisite, one-touch football. Palmer held off a Altrincham defender, before laying the ball off to captain Luke Young, who fed the ball straight into the on-running Jones. The midfielder could not pass up the opportunity to slot the ball home with little more than ten minutes remaining. 

Howard was called upon one last time in the 91st minute to save his clean sheet with a solid stop, but it ended up being the perfect afternoon for Wrexham, winning by four goals to nil. 

Wrexham: (5-3-2): Howard (GK), Forde, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, McFadzean, Young (C), J.Jones, J.Davies (O’Connor 70’), Mullin (Lee 77’), Palmer (Dalby 82’) 

Subs not used: Watson (GK), Hosannah 

Altrincham: Byrne (GK), Barrows, Cooper, J.Jones, E.Jones, Lundstram, Osborne, Malone (Kaja 75’), Conn-Clarke (Pringle 77’), Dinanga (Hulme 70’), Colclough 

Subs not used: Gould (GK), Jackson 

Attendance: 10,107 (285 away)

Referee: Scott Simpson

Wrexham Bookings: None 

Altrincham Bookings: None 

Man of the Match: Ollie Palmer 

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Tickets for Wrexham vs Altrincham (H) now on sale to official members

Tickets for October home clash now on sale to official members

3 October 2022

Tickets for our upcoming home league clash with Altrincham on Saturday October 29 are now on sale to official members.

Members can purchase one ticket per account, and the members priority window will remain open until Monday October 24, when any remaining tickets will go on general sale.

Tickets can be bought in store or via our eTicketing website and supporters are reminded that online purchases are charged at a lower price to in-person purchases.

For instructions on how to ensure you have activated your eTicketing account and have the correct privileges attached, please see these instructions.

Tickets can be purchased as eTickets/print-at-home or as paper tickets. As ever, the Club would encourage to use the eTicket/print-at-home option wherever possible.

ONLINE PURCHASES

 

Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

University End

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£21

£19

Over 65/Under 21

£16

£14

Under 18

£9

£8

Under 11

£5

£5

IN-PERSON PURCHASES

 

Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

University End

Adult

£22

£20

Over 65/Under 21

£17

£15

Under 18

£10

£9

Under 11

£5

£5

Accessible Tickets

Any wheelchair users or other supporters requiring accessible tickets pay as per the relevant age bracket. Any wheelchair users, supporters requiring accessible seating, and supporters requiring a companion ticket, must contact our Disability Liaison Officer, Kerry Evans on kerry.evans@wrexhamafc.co.uk, to purchase. These tickets cannot be processed in the Club Shop.

Any other queries should be directed to ticketoffice@wrexhamafc.co.uk

 

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