Altrincham fans can look forward to a bonus game, as they prepare to return to The J.Davidson Stadium, after the postponed fixture with Eastleigh was rearranged for the end of this month.

After just over 14 months of having to follow their team’s fortunes through various media channels, Alty supporters are finally savouring the prospect of being readmitted to Moss Lane after the National League confirmed plans were in place for doors to reopen from Monday.

That initially meant fans being back in the ground for the home games with Yeovil Town on May 22 and Torquay United the following Saturday, but Eastleigh has been added to the list after the clubs agreed on a new date of Tuesday, May 25, following last Saturday’s postponement.

Precise ticket details have yet to be finalised, but Alty co-chairmen Lawrence Looney and Bill Waterson issued a joint-statement, saying: “We have been liaising with bodies such as the National League, the Football Association, the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and Trafford Council.

“We have marked out The Stand and the Smart Storage Family Stand with socially distanced seating, we have calculated the potential standing capacity in line with the SGSA guidelines and we have ordered additional portable toilets.

“We are now waiting for clarification from Trafford Council as to what our capacity would be. We will be allowed a minimum of approximately 250 seated supporters, but there is no decision on standing fans. Discussions will continue with Trafford BC, the DCMS and the SGSA this week.

“If standing supporters are confirmed, then we will be allowed a capacity of 1,202 for the remaining home games.

“We will be putting in place a rigorous ticket selling policy, not least because we need to make sure we know who is attending each game. The first and most important factor is that we will only be admitting home fans to the games.

“The second point is that we are planning to not sell tickets on the day of a game; we will only be selling tickets in advance.

“But before we can start selling tickets, we need to receive confirmation that we will be allowed standing spectators. We expect a decision on this from Trafford Council in the coming days.”