Match preview: Altrincham (h)

The Spireites welcome fourth-placed Altrincham to the SMH Group Stadium in a bid to go 12 points clear of Bromley.

After bowing out of the FA Cup and FA Trophy in recent weeks, Chesterfield now have just the league to focus on.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Opponents: Altrincham

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


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The Opposition

Name: Altrincham Football Club

Nickname: The Robins

Founded: 1891

Stadium: J. Davidson Stadium

Capacity: 7,873

Manager: Phil Parkinson


National League Champions | 1979/80 & 1980/81

Northern Premier League Premier Division Champions | 1998/99 & 2017/18

FA Trophy Winners | 1977/78 & 1985/86

Northern Premier League Challenge Cup Winners | 1969/70 & 1997/98

Northern Premier League Challenge Shield Winners | 1979/80 & 1998/99

On Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson was named as Altrincham manager in April 2017 – just one day before the end of the 2016/17 season. Alty had just been relegated to the Northern Premier League and an immediate return was very much needed. They won promotion back to the National League North in his first full season before winning promotion, via the play-offs, to the National League in 2020. Since then, Parkinson and Altrincham have managed to defy the odds and become a play-off chasing side.

One to watch

Chris Conn-Clark is in his third spell at the J. Davidson Stadium – the first two being loan spells from Fleetwood Town. His 2023/24 form has been scintillating and has attracted interest from teams in higher divisions. Despite missing two penalties in the club’s recent FA Trophy defeat to Kidderminster Harriers, Alty’s club record signing will continue to be a focal point in their play-off push.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 29

Goals – 13

Yellow Cards – 5

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 2,307

Played for both

Ryan Colclough joined Altrincham in November 2020, just a month after leaving League Two side Scunthorpe United. As Alty began to flourish in the National League, so did Colclough. The winger scored 26 goals in his 92 appearances for the club.

His form caught the attention of Paul Cook and Chesterfield, which led to a move to North Derbyshire last January. Colclough has since become a fans’ favourite at the SMH Group Stadium and bagged 14 times in 52 games.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “Without doubt Altrincham are a very strong side in this division. The management team over there have done a fantastic job, they deserve a lot of credit.

“It’s going to be a good game of football and two teams that play similar ways so it’s going to be a cracker.”