OPINION: Can Altrincham Go One Better Next Season In The National League North?
After defeat in the Semi-Finals of the National League North Play-Offs last season, Altrincham will look to go one better this campaign and get promoted to the National League.
Last campaign there was very few people who would have tipped ‘Alty’ to be anywhere near the playoffs. However, with experienced manager Phil Parkinson at the helm, the club finished 5th in the league 11 points behind title winners Stockport County.
The club has made it very clear they want to be up there again, if not winning the league during the 19/20 season. Tying down their manager to a three-year deal and, securing the core of their squad for another assault on the title next season – including top scorer Jordan Hulme who finished on 20 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.
Last season Altrincham were the highest scoring team in the National League North, however defensively they conceded 20 more goals than title winners Stockport County. With how long manager Phil Parkinson has been in the game, he will know that this is the area that needs work early in the window with already making a signing to improve them defensively from Nantwich in Toby Mullarkey.
It seems like all the right things are happening at free-scoring Altrincham for them to once again compete around the top of National League North again next season, and we see no reasons why on paper they can’t go one better and get themselves promoted. However, as everybody knows The National League North is a funny old league, and every team can go through bad spells or have an injury crisis. However, if they stay fit and keep their consistency from last year minus a couple of the draws and narrow losses, we could see ‘Alty’ in the top tier of Non-League very soon.