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The Robins impress their opponents
10:53am Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Alty FC news
ALTRINCHAM launched their build-up to the new season with a performance that may have left manager Lee Sinnott largely unmoved but had beaten opponents Abbey Hey singing their praises.
While Alty boss Sinnott wisely chose to keep his feet planted firmly on the ground, Abbey Hey’s programme editor Gordon Lester wrote to chairman Grahame Rowley, thanking everyone who travelled from Moss Lane for ‘a very enjoyable day’ and adding: “We would be delighted if you could fit us into your pre-season plans next year. Best wishes to everyone at Altrincham, and have a great season, both on and off the pitch.”
Explaining why he opted for a slightly less exuberant appraisal of a resounding 4-0 win, Sinnott said: “As an opening work-out, it was very positive, but you can’t read too much into your first game back, especially as the players only had 45 minutes each. We stuck to the plan of limiting involvement to one half per player, to safeguard against injury, and from that aspect, it worked well.
“It’s nice Abbey Hey took the trouble to write to us, and we certainly appreciated being made so welcome. The pitch was in very good condition, and we were even lucky with the weather.
“The main priority was getting players into match mode, and there were some good signs. At the back, you could see Luca (Havern) and Danny (Hall) know each other well, and there were some nice touches up front from Ryan Brooke and Danny Mitchley.
“But you can’t expect players to look the finished article at this early stage. The key thing is to make sure they are by the time the season starts and that we hit the ground running on the opening day. We will keep using these friendly games, and monitoring availability of players, to try and ensure that happens.”
Former Moss Lane favourite Matt Doughty was among the trialists at Abbey Hey and may have further opportunities to prove himself, as Alty face Nantwich away on Saturday (3pm) and Morecambe at home on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“Matt has been training with us and has done well, but we will see how he progresses,” said Sinnott. “That goes for all the lads. It would be unfair to comment on individuals at this early stage. We are observing players throughout the pre-season programme and will make decisions in due course.”
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