Preview: Altrincham

It’s a return to the Kuflink Stadium for the final time this season as the Fleet host Altrincham for the first time in 14 years with the points to make sure of survival within reach.

Form guide
Currently in the play-off places, Altrincham have only lost one in seven. A difficult spell in February with five defeats on the bounce was soon forgotten with high-scoring wins including a 6-1 victory against York City. The Fleet need to pick up after the defeat at one of Altrincham’s play-off rivals – Solihull Moors – on Tuesday night and if they can maintain the unbeaten home run under Danny Searle, it will be a big point or points to take into the season’s final week. 

Last time out
A trip to the J Davidson Stadium ended up as the Fleet’s heaviest defeat of the season although it was a strange 6-1 scoreline with the Fleet having the best of a second-half in which we missed a penalty and a number of chances.. Nathan Odokonyero picked up his first Fleet goal before half-time but the home side were 4-1 up at the break and added two late goals after the 90th minute.

Ones to watch
Chris Conn-Clarke is Altrincham’s star player with the midfielder racking up 23 goals this season. Originally on loan from Fleetwood Town, the 22-year old made a permanent move at the start of the campaign and has instantly hit it off in the National League.

Just like his teammate Conn-Clarke, goalkeeper Ethan Ross started his career at Altrincham as a loan signing. The 27-year-old has played 34 matches in the National League this season. 

And equally dangerous up front is in-form striker Alex Newby, who played against the Fleet for Chorley a few years ago and who was at the Kuflink Stadium in Colchester colours in pre-season.

The manager
Joining in April 2017, boss Phil Parkinson is contracted until the end of the 2024/25 season. He managed Nantwich Town before moving to Altrincham, where he was successful and led them to an FA Trophy semi-final and two promotions from the Northern Premier League and then National North.

Ticket info
Tickets can be purchased online here in advance or at our ticket windows on the day.

Car-parking is available for the special matchday price of £3 at Ebbsfleet International Car Park C. 

Supporters are reminded that alcohol will not be permitted to be consumed within view of the pitch and that matches will be segregated as required at the Swanscombe End (or the far end of it). Please cooperate with the instructions of our security team and stewards.

Away supporters
Away fans are allocated a section of the  Swanscombe End and a number of priority seats in the Old Stand. Access is via the turnstiles at the Swanscombe End, situated to the left of the main entrance along Stonebridge Road and then up through the car-park. 

Away fans have access to refreshments, food and a bar in the Swanscombe End. Our popular Eat Street van will be available for food (hot dogs and burgers) and beverages. Beers on tap include Brewdog, Hofmeister and Iron Pier while our Prosecco bar can be found in the away facility, clearly visible between the standing terrace and seating area. Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic refreshments along with sausage rolls and pasties can also be found in this bar.

Programmes can be pre-ordered online with your ticket, or from our online shop here. In the ground, you can purchase in the club shop, just past the main home turnstiles, at the Plough End social club and for away fans in the Old Sponsors Lounge/portakabin bar. Please note, pre-ordered programmes must be collected from the club shop at the main reception entrance BEFORE entering the ground.

Bucket collection
There will be a bucket collection throughout the afternoon in support of the NSPCC a charity that provides therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. Fans can also donate online here.


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