Non-league Matters: Lee Sinnott wants turnaround in Altrincham results to get play-off bid back on track

By Matt Davies

Altrincham go in to their home clash with Colywn Bay this weekend with boss Lee Sinnott calling for a massive improvement on recent weeks.

The Robins travelled long distances to Workington and Histon but returned to Moss Lane empty-handed, and have now dropped out of the play-off places.

Sinnott has watched his side win five on the bounce at home and is calling on his players to rediscover the form that saw them fly up the league.

“We need a turnaround in results and obviously we have to look at how we go about attaining them,” he said.

“What we need to do first and foremost is to get our passing game back to what it was and if we do that it gives us a better opportunity of creating chances.

“We need to be more commanding in games.”

Sinnott admits he was disappointed by the two defeats but remembers a similar blip back in October when Altrincham’s form improved as a result.

“It’s very much a case of getting back into our stride,” he said.

“There’s more than a third of the season to go, there’s a lot of games in a short space of time and there will be twists and turns.

“We’ve got to take it once game at a time and move it on from there.”

The Altrincham boss watched Saturday’s opponents in action on Tuesday and insisted he will not be taking anything for granted, regardless of Colwyn Bay’s lowly league position.

“You discard people at your peril and I won’t do that, regardless of whether it’s the first game or the last game of the season, and top or bottom of the table,” he explained.

“I’ll be saying to the players don’t look ahead to the next five, six, seven games and think we’re got all these points possibly on the board, we have to think one game at a time.”

He also admitted that Colwyn, under the stewardship of former Chelsea legend Frank Sinclair, will provide a tough test after taking a point from high-flying Guiseley.

“They stuck to their task well and got a very creditable draw,” said Sinnott. “They have a solid formation, are a hard working team and they’ll keep their shape.

“It’s about what we do and how we get our game plan flowing.”

The Robins can be boosted by the loan signing of Chester forward Ben Mills this week, who trained with the rest of the Alty squad on Thursday evening.

Mills netted twice at Moss Lane during an initial loan spell with Chester from Macclesfield at the start of the season, before making the switch permanent in November.

The 23-year-old netted nine times while on loan, but has struggled for form since signing, scoring just three goals.

Sinnott has no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Colwyn Bay, although recent new signing goalkeeper Joe Collister remains sidelined.

Elsewhere Stockport County are without a game this weekend, whereas Hyde face a short-trip down the M6 to mid-table Tamworth in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Tigers have lost two on the bounce without scoring, and will be nervously looking over their shoulder as they are only four points clear of the relegation zone.

In the Blue Square Bet North, Droylsden will look to build on their midweek result after picking up only their 13th point of the season against Harrogate Town.

The Bloods make the journey to in-form Bishops Stortford where Rod Stringer’s side have picked up nine points from five games and moved away from the drop zone.

Stalybridge Celtic are also on the road, and visit promotion chasing Halifax, who are currently solidly placed in the play-off race.

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