Andy Whing's Solihull Moors are back on the road as we look to bounce back from consecutive defeats for the first time this season!
How to keep up with the match
There are numerous ways to keep up with tomorrow's Vanarama National League clash with Altrincham at The J Davidson Stadium.
Supporters who can't make the match will be able to listen to live radio commentary here from 14:55pm.
Alternatively, you can get minute by minute updates over on our official X account here.
Click here to watch Andy Whing's pre-match preview ahead of our trip to Altrincham.
Everything you need to know about our opponents
Altrincham, originally called Rigby Memorial Club, was established in 1891 with their first league match coming in 1893 in the Manchester League.
The club won the Cheshire Amateur Cup in 1904, and would go on to win both the Manchester League and the Cheshire Senior Cup the following season.
In 1911, they joined Division Two of the Lancashire Combination and remained in the league until 1919 where they were founder members of the Cheshire County League.
Altrincham then rejoined the Cheshire County League in 1946, achieving little success until the 1960s where they won back-to-back titles and scored over 120 league goals in both seasons.
After finishing as runners-up in the 1967/68 season, they were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968.
In 1977, the club made the semi-finals of the FA Trophy but lost to Scarborough 2-1. The following season, they went one better and made the final where they beat Leatherhead 3–1. In the 1978/79 season, they finished as runners-up in the Northern Premier League and tried to win the vote to get into the Football League, but failed.
Instead, Altrincham became founder members of the Alliance Premier League, the top level of non-League football, with the winner earning promotion to the Football League.
In the first two seasons, the club won consecutive titles but failed in the Football League elections both times due to a lack of votes.
The next two seasons saw the club finish in mid-table, together with another FA Trophy final appearance in 1982 but lost 1–0 to Enfield.
This was followed by four consecutive top-five finishes between 1984 and 1987 and a second FA Trophy win in 1985, beating Runcorn 1–0 in the final at Wembley.
The 1985/86 season saw Altrincham cause one of the biggest FA Cup giant-killings of all time when they defeated top division Birmingham City 2–1 at St Andrew’s.
In 1996/97 season, the club finished bottom of the Conference meaning they were relegated to Premier Division of the Northern Premier League. They then returned to the Conference two seasons later as Premier Division champions.
A 12th place finish in 2004 saw the club qualify for the newly formed Conference North. They finished fifth in its first season, qualifying for the play-offs. After defeating Nuneaton Borough 4–2 on penalties following a 1–1 draw and then Kettering Town 3–2, they were promoted to the Conference National division with a 2–1 win over Eastbourne Borough.
In the 2010/11 season, Altrincham were relegated to the Conference North and would remain there until the 2013/14 season saw the team qualify for the playoffs and beat Guiseley in the final to play back in the Conference National.
Two seasons later, the club finished in the relegation zone and were relegated to the renamed National League North. The following season they finished bottom of the National League North, leading to a second successive relegation to the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League.
The 2017/18 season saw the club win the Northern Premier League title, earning promotion back to the National League North.
In the 2019/20 season, the Robins ended the regular season in sixth place, meaning they qualified for the playoffs. After beating Chester 3-2 and York City 2-0, the club beat Boston United 1-0 in the final, earning promotion to the National League.
In 2022, Altrincham transitioned to full-time professional status for the first time in their history.
So far this season
In November, Altrincham have lost their last two games after winning at the start of the month. A 2-0 win over Southend United was followed by two away defeats to Eastleigh (2-1) and Rochdale (3-0).
Their win over Southend was their only win in the last six league games.
Despite this, Altrincham will be in seventh place ahead of their game on Saturday.
In the opposition dugout
Phil Parkinson was appointed manager of Altrincham in April 2017, with the club already relegated to the Northern Premier League.
During his playing career, he came up through Crewe Alexandra’s academy and played for Reading, before joining Port Vale for a season.
Parkinson also played over 200 games for Nantwich Town as a player, where he captained the side to the FA Vase in 2006, as well as helping the Dabbers to promotion from the North West Counties League and UniBond League First Division.
After retiring, he managed Nantwich in February 2015 and transformed the side from a relegation-threatened club to promotion pushers. Before leaving in 2017, he had also taken the Dabbers to the FA Trophy semi-finals in 2016.
In his first season with Altrincham, he won the Northern Premier League title and reached the play-offs in the 2018/19 season in the National League North. Promotion would follow the following year as they entered and won the play-offs in 2020 to play in the fifth tier.
In April 2021, it was announced that Parkinson would extend his contract and doing so, is the first ever full-time manager of Altrincham.
Since then, he has guided the club to remain in the National League, finishing 17th last term.
Key player to watch
One player that has found his feet this season is new signing Chris Conn-Clarke, with nine goals in 19 league appearances so far.
This season is the third spell at Altrincham, having had two loan spells at the club from 2022 – 2023 and playing over 50 games in total.
Having began his career with Linfield’s youth academy, he joined Glentoran aged 11 and stayed with them until he was offered a scholarship by Premier League club Burnley in 2017.
However, he failed to make a senior appearance for the Clarets and joined National League North side Chorley and made two appearances.
In February 2021, Conn-Clarke joined Fleetwood Town on an 18 month contract but only made five senior appearances for the club before joining Altrincham for the first time in February 2022.
Familiar face for both
One player that Moors fans will know well is Altrincham’s Justin Donawa, with the versatile player joining the club last summer.
With his new club, Donawa has three goals in 12 league appearances; including scoring in his last match against Southend United.
Beginning his career in football in 2015 with Dartmouth Big Green, winning three Ivy League championships with the Big Green in his three years there before joining Somerset Trojans and their youth academy.
After four years with the club, Donawa moved back to England and had trials at National League North side Darlington before later signing with the club.
In the 2019/20 season, he became a fan favourite at the club as he played 32 games in total and scored five goals before signing for Solihull Moors in October 2020.
For the Moors, he played 66 games between 2020-2023 and scored seven goals in the yellow and blue.
Having missed the last two fixtures due to international duty with Bermuda, the player is sure to play against his former club on Saturday.
Last time out
The last time Solihull visited Moss Lane was a 4-1 defeat to Altrincham, with Tyrese Sinclair scoring two first-half goals.
On-loan defender Mitchell Roberts scored a long-range goal to make it 1-1, but would prove to be nothing but a collector’s item as the hosts won all three points.
The Moors’ last win was back in September 2022 where Neal Ardley’s side won 5-1 at the ARMCO Arena, with Alex Reid scoring a second-half hat-trick.
Josh Kelly and Callum Maycock also scored in the first half as Solihull cruised to victory.
With both sides getting a convincing win each last season and both in high positions in the league, the Moors will hope to get a valuable three points on Saturday.