ALTRINCHAM are expecting a huge crowd at The J.Davidson Stadium for their Skrill North Promotion Final showdown with Guiseley on Saturday afternoon (Kick Off 3.00pm).
The winners will join champions, AFC Telford United, in being promoted to The Skrill Premier where the likes of Bristol Rovers, Wrexham, Grimsby Town & Lincoln City await. With no other Saturday afternoon games being played throughout the north of England, the Cheshire club are hoping that they will welcome their biggest crowd of this millennium, which was 3302 for an F.A. Cup 1st Round tie with Darlington in 2001.
The Robins have home advantage , having finished 3rd in the league, two places above their Yorkshire visitors, who are the form team, having qualified for the play-offs from being in 19th position in mid-October.
Altrincham skipper, Shaun Densmore, is one of four remaining players from the team that was relegated in 2011 & the enormity of the occasion is not lost on the 25 year old Liverpudlian. " The players felt responsible for the club being relegated three years ago and it would be great for all of us, but particularly the likes of Stuart Coburn, Nicky Clee, Damian Reeves and me, if we could play a part in getting the club back where I think that we deserve to be".
Guiseley are offering free transport to all of their fans and already they have 10 coachloads making there way across the Pennines. The Lions' remarkable rise up the table to qualify for the play-offs & beat runners up, North Ferriby United, in both legs of their semi-final, has been masterminded by Mark Bower, who replaced Steve Kittrick last September, following a wretched start to the campaign.Bower's Player Assistant Manager is the influential midfielder, Danny Boshell, who re-joined Guiseley from Altrincham in October, but who cannot play in the Final, under the terms of agreement of his transfer.Bower has a further selection problem as he will be without the services of the hugely talented Wayne Brooksby, who fractured his jaw in the second leg of the semi-final, a game in which he scored the only goal to secure a 3-0 aggregate victory over North Ferriby.
Preparations for the final have been much more straightforward for Altrincham supremo, Lee Sinnott, who has a full squad to choose from, apart from long-term casualty Mike Williams. Sinnott, who guided unfashionable Farsley Celtic into the Conference Premier in 2007, has the league's leading strike pairing at his disposal & he will be hoping that James Walshaw & Damian Reeves, who have scored 54 goals between them this season, can make the difference in a tie that will go to extra-time and penalties, if required.