Match preview: Altrincham (a)

Match preview: Altrincham (a)

The Spireites will be looking for their second win on the bounce this evening, as they take on Altrincham at the J Davidson Stadium. Paul Cook and his team are unbeaten in five and have endured a serious injury crisis in recent weeks, but now things are starting to look a little better in the treatment room, with some players close to a return, things are looking up.

The Blues will also be looking to keep league leaders Stockport County within their sights, while some other promotion contenders also face each other tonight, it potentially sets up a good opportunity for the Spireites to mark some ground on the teams below.  

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Altrincham

Where: J Davidson Stadium


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50/50 draw

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Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.  

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

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Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

Danny Webb revealed there are some players close to making a return from the treatment table and stated that some players have received better news than expected on their recovery period, but the assistant manager said tonight may come just too soon for anyone to make a return to the side.

Gaving Gunning was on the bench for the first time since January last time out. The defender has been suffering with a calf injury that has kept him out of the side, but he will be hoping to regain his place in the starting XI within the coming weeks.

Saidou Khan made the Vanarama National League team of the week after Saturday’s win over Wealdstone United and the midfielder will be looking to keep his place in the side after a shrewd performance on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tom Denton has been left out of the squad over the last couple of games. Paul Cook did say Denton’s his ankle had flared up a few weeks back, but there has been no official clarification on whether this is what is keeping the striker out of the side.

 Fact file

Name: Altrincham

Nicknames: The Robins

Founded: 1891

Stadium: Moss Lane

Address: Moss Lane, Altrincham, England, WA158AP

Capacity: 7,873

Manager: Phil Parkinson 

On Altrincham

The Robins are a semi-professional football club who have spent several years floating around the non-league pyramid. 

They were promoted to the National League in the 2019/20 season, after defeating Boston United in the play-off final of the National League North. They record one of the biggest FA Cup giant-killings of all time when they defeated top division Birmingham City 2–1 at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s in 1986.

This season Altrincham will be hoping to sustain their National League status and finish as high as possible in the table. The club won’t feel like they’re looking over their shoulders too much, as they’re now 18 points above the relegation zone, after some impressive wins in recent weeks has left the Robins in 15th position. 

One to watch

Ryan Colclough is a winger with an eye for goal. The 27-year-old has made 28 appearances and scored eight goals since he signed for the club in 2020. His former clubs include Crewe Alexandra, Wigan Athletic, and Milton Keynes Dons.

The Spireites’ last three: (D/D/W)

Drew – Chesterfield 2-2 Southend – National League

Drew – Boreham Wood 1-1 Chesterfield – National League

Won – Chesterfield 1-0 Maidenhead – National League

The Robins’ last three: (W/W/L)

Won – Altrincham 5-0 Weymouth – National League

Won – Altrincham 4-0 Eastleigh – National League

Lost – Southend United 2-0 Altrincham – National League 

The Spireites drew 2-2 with the Robins at the Technique Stadium back in November 2021.