Robins travel to Barnet FC in their first game of the New Year

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Altrincham FC start the New Year with a trip down to Barnet FC on Saturday 8th January 2022 in the National League.

After a difficult festive period the Robins are now without a win in 7 league games.

Phil Parkinson’s side were thrashed by Stockport County on Boxing Day 5-1 and comfortably beaten 2-0 two days later by Wrexham FC.

Meanwhile this weekend’s opposition, who sit 15th in the National League and one place above Altrincham, have won three of their last five league games.

Dean Brennan, Barnet’s interim manager, was in charge of National League outfit Wealdstone FC last season, before being dismissed by his old club after a poor string of results.

Hancock challenges for the ball

Talking to Radio Robins in 2021, Phil Parkinson said: “We played so poorly at Stockport, and we didn’t give ourselves a chance in the game.”

He added: “I know people are really worried at the moment because it looks so bad with the numbers.”

Although the team have struggled to win matches, the Altrincham gaffer reassured fans that his side’s positive performances will soon materialise into three points.  

In a boost to the Robins’ attacking fortunes, the management have re-signed Jordan Hulme on loan from AFC Fylde.

Ryan Colclough weaves his way through the Wrexham defence

The former fans favourite, who is available for the club’s game against Barnet, will remain at Alty for the rest of the season.

Parkinson has additionally recruited former Chester FC full-back Jamie Morgan and ex-Stevenage creative midfielder Elliot Osbourne.  

Osbourne has played under both Parkinson and Sorvel before, and described his time under the managerial duo as some of the “best football” he had ever played.

Altrincham were also hit by the departure of Joel Senior to Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee.

Toby Mullarkey charges into the opposition box

On Senior’s move to the Football League, Parkinson said: “We know we are a club that do progress players, it would be nice if we could keep them a little bit longer.”

Parkinson stressed the club needs to be ready at the prospect of losing further key players.

“There are other players we suspect will probably move on in the summer if not around this window as well,” said Parkinson.

The club have decided to release full-back David Fitzpatrick, while loanee Adam Porter will return to his parent club Stoke City.

For those unable to make the trip to London, Radio Robins will be broadcasting live from the ground and the club will be providing match updates from Twitter.

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