Non-league Matters: Boss Lee Sinnott wants Altrincham to heap more misery on Worcester City in play-off bid

By Matt Davies

Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to try and make it eight defeats in a row for Worcester City.

The Dragons arrive at Moss Lane in a terrible run of form, while Altrincham have recovered from a blip in February to win their last three.

Sinnott’s side are currently two points outside the play-offs and he knows his team must be at the top of their game for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve had decent results since drawing two and losing two but we have to keep that up,” he explained.

“It’s a mad dash to the finish and what we need to do is not blink first.

“There’s so many teams around us, we look at their run ins and we look at ours and we have to take it one at a time.

“We’re focused on Worcester and that is regardless of what they have been doing for the last few weeks or so.

“It’s a game we need to win.”

Sinnott pounced to sign Danny Boshell from promotion hopefuls Guiseley as he bolstered his midfield options – something he knows will prove vital in the run-in.

Boshell was involved in Guiseley’s promotion chasing campaigns during the last two seasons and Sinnott believes the addition former Oldham Athletic and Grimsby Town man adds extra strength to his squad.

“He brings knowledge and experience and I thought we needed to bring something in to the midfield area top maximise what we can do in the final third,” he said.

“Hopefully that’s what Danny can help us do.

“It gives us and me a stronger hand,” he explained. “You look for that in the final days of the season.

“What he does bring to the table is something that I think will benefit us in the coming weeks until the end of the season.”

League top-scorer Damian Reeves notched his 99th and 100th goals for Alty against Colywn Bay last Saturday.

Reeves hit 44 goals in all competitions last season, and with 37 strikes so far this campaign Sinnott believes his star forward is line to pass last year’s total.

“There’s ten games to go and he has the capability and the opportunity to surpass last year,” he said. “We have to supply him the opportunities and he’s got to do what he’s got to do.

“But I don’t think that will be in Damian’s mind, his first thought always seems to be attaining three points in as many games as we can and he puts the team first.”

Sinnott said he has no injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s clash, despite Luca Havern leaving the field with injury against Colwyn.

The postponement of Tuesday evening’s game with Guiseley provided more recovery time for Havern with Sinnott hopeful his centre back will be able to tackle Worcester.

“We wanted to play on Tuesday but we didn’t so I expect Luca to be fit this Saturday,” he explained.

Alty have snapped up goalkeeper Tony McMillan following his release from Southport, although the stopper has to wait for the Sandgrounders to play before he can make his Robins debut.

The 26-year-old keeper received his marching orders last week and Southport must play a competitive fixture before he is eligible for selection.

Elsewhere, new Stockport County boss Ian Bogie will take charge of his first game as the Hatters welcome Newport County to Edgeley Park.

Scott McNiven’s Hyde visit Hereford in the Blue Square Bet Premier, looking to win a third game on the bounce for only the second time this season.

Stalybridge Celtic host Guiseley while Droylsden play Workington at the Butcher’s Arms Ground in a game that could see them concede their 100th league goal this season.

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