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Altrincham will go into York City match with every confidence today

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Phil Parkinson’s men continue their bid for promotion today as they face York City in the National League North play-off Semi-Final.

Altrincham progressed last weekend following a 3-2 victory against Chester. Josh Hancock put them ahead before an Elliot Durrell brace sent the home side into a comfortable 3-0 lead. 

Chester fought back strongly despite a red card for John Johnston. The Seals replying with two goals of their own as Alty were made to sweat before eventually holding on for the win.

Excellent record will help

The Robins will travel to York with an excellent recent record against the Minstermen. Having won the last three games at Bootham Crescent, all by a 1-0 margin. 

Tom Peers grabbing the goal in each game of the FA Cup and FA Trophy victories this season.

Parkinson hopes his team can continue this form tomorrow, “We’ve done well there in the past, so we go in there with every confidence.”

He’ll be pleased that his side has at least managed to play a competitive fixture, whilst York will be playing for the first time since the four month layoff.

With the lengthy gap, York’s manager Steve Watson is realistic about his side’s chances, “We know we’re capable of good performances but we’re also under no illusions about the fact we haven’t played a competitive game for 20 weeks, which is twice as long as I’ve ever not been involved in a competitive game.”

Watson’s men will also look to put the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion behind them. This was despite being top when the season was suspended, “Could it prove to be a motivational tool? Possibly, but it’s not something we’ve mentioned since we got back. That’s gone, it’s out of our hands now.” 

Alty fans will be hoping last weekend’s run-out will give them the advantage, whilst Elliot Durrell will look to continue his fine goalscoring form, particularly against one of his previous clubs. The attacker currently averages a goal every 43 minutes for the Robins. 

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