PHIL Parkinson has given Altrincham’s promotion push a timely boost by snapping up vastly-experienced keeper Steven Drench from Bradford (Park Avenue).

Drench, one of the most accomplished and highly-regarded keepers in National League North, signed on Monday night after Parkinson moved to steady the ship in the wake of seven goals being conceded in successive away defeats at Chorley and Leamington.

The 33-year old is well known to Robins fans after one of his 231 Guiseley appearances came in the unforgettable Conference North play-off final in front of 4,632 spectators at The J.Davidson Stadium in May 2014, when Greg Wilkinson went on as substitute at the end of extra time and won promotion for Alty with his first touch.

He admitted he is still trying to live it down, as he reflected on his move to The J.Davidson Stadium and relished meeting his new team-mates, ahead of their next game at FC United of Manchester a week on Saturday.

"I haven’t exactly got fond memories of that afternoon – in fact, I’m still trying to forget it," he said with a rueful smile.

"At least Guiseley went up the following season, and now that’s the aim for us here at Alty.

"This is an ambitious club, promoted last season and going for it again this time, and I’m excited to be here.

"It has been a really good season for Alty so far.

"We’re in the top seven and looking to cement that, and I’m looking forward to helping the boys and the manager achieve our target.

"I’m Salford born and bred, and I only live down the road in Worsley, so it was a no-brainer for me to join a club the size of Altrincham, with such a strong tradition in non-league football.

"There are a lot of talented young players here who are hungry to do well and I want to be part of that.

"It’s nice to be joining a footballing side who play the right way and build from the back.

"Distribution has always been one of my strengths so I hope I can contribute to that."