New signing Matty Kosylo has hit peak form at just the right time and could be handed the key number 10 role for Altrincham’s eagerly-awaited Vanarama National League opener against Weymouth at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.

With the influential Josh Hancock likely to be ruled out by injury, livewire winger Kosylo pressed his claims for a central position behind Jordan Hulme by following up a scoring contribution at AFC Fylde on Saturday with another two goals in a 5-1 demolition of Salford City’s Under-23s on Tuesday night.

Manager Phil Parkinson said: “Matty was everywhere, and we may look to switch him to the number 10 role against Weymouth, because Josh is a real doubt.

“It was great to see Matty demonstrate how he can come more central, and so much of what he did was outstanding. He is growing in confidence with every game, and that is great for us, with the season so close at hand.

"He is so passionate about everything he does, and he certainly plays on the edge, which is how you get the best out of him.”

The club have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to combat the latest Government restrictions on fans attending games and have set up a live streaming service on Alty TV that can be accessed by visiting online.

Parkinson, who has added full-back Joel Senior to his squad after a successful trial, is determined to ensure his side turn on the style for all those tuning in.

“We must adapt to this league quickly, and we will certainly do all we can to be really competitive from the word go,” he said.

“It is important to get a positive result and start well, and we have emphasised that to the players.

“We are really excited to get the season going now. It’s been great coming in for games pre-season, but when it gets competitive, there’s such a different feel to it.

‘We’ve all missed turning up on a match day when points are at stake. That’s when the adrenalin really starts pumping, and we can’t wait to get started. A lot of people believe the National League is where we belong, but we’ve got to show we do.

“We’ve got to be competitive every single game. That’s the challenge for us when we come up against full-time outfits or clubs who’ve spent four times more than we have.

“If we do that every single training session and every single game, we will have a good season, and I’m confident we will. We’ve got a good blend and really good options in all positions, and we are as prepared as we can be.

“The next step for us is to convert to full-time ourselves, and while that’s not going to happen in the short term, we have a board who are really proactive and positive, and that inspires me to think where this club could be in a couple of years’ time.”