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View from the Dugout: Our form is excellent but we must keep our foot on the pedal until the end of the season

Assistant manager Neil Sorvel with this week’s column for Altrincham Today…

Assistant manager Neil Sorvel with this week’s column for Altrincham Today…

We took four points from our double header against Telford United this week.

Tuesday night’s 5-2 win at the J Davidson Stadium put the 2-2 draw at the New Bucks Head last Saturday into perspective as a good result and continued our recent excellent run of form.

Some of our attacking play was really exciting to watch and I told the players at the end of the game that I really enjoyed the performance. We have been on a good run since we went to Chester in the FA Cup in September and we need to keep our foot on the pedal now until the end of the season.

Watch highlights of the home win against Telford:

Dan Mooney did well on his debut, having signed from Fleetwood Town, he should be a big player for us and one that we have wanted to bring to Alty for some time. He was a teammate at Chester of our other recent signing, Craig Mahon, who has done really well since joining a couple of weeks ago and he just needs to add some goals to his excellent all-round play.

Jordan Hulme and Josh Hancock each bagged a couple of goals and yesterday Josh was announced as the Vanarama National League Player of the month. Josh had a great January and has continued that form into this month.

An acrobatic Jordan Hulme against Telford on Tuesday night

Today, we are at home again, against Kettering Town, who we beat at Latimer Park 2-0 just 11 days ago. I’m expecting a more difficult game as Paul Cox’s side are better than they showed on that night and I am sure that they will have a point to prove to their manager, who has done very well since taking over in October.

We have signed James Hooper on non-contract terms. James is a forward, who has played in the Football League for both Rochdale and Carlisle United. He signed a one-year contract at Salford City in July 2018 and has been playing for Radcliffe this season, where he sustained a shoulder injury, which has kept him out of action for a few months. He is now fit again and has recently been playing for West Didsbury and Chorlton.

James Hooper signing for the Robins this week

We may also have another signing to announce later today and this afternoon’s game is our designated match for ‘Football v Homophobia’. Altrincham FC hosted the National ‘Football v Homophobia’ awards last night and the players will be wearing ‘FvH’ T-shirts during their warm up today, when we are hoping for a big crowd – as neither Manchester City nor Manchester United are playing – and another exciting display from the lads, along with three points of course, ahead of a tough week on the road, when we head to the North East twice to face Spennymoor Town and Blyth Spartans.

Top picture: Michael Ripley