Red reserves on the way back to Atrincham
AFTER 14 months playing in the depths of Northwich, United reserves are making a welcome return to Altrincham FC.
It has been confirmed that the MUFC reserve team will play home games at Moss Lane for the remainder of the 2008/9 season.
The Reds previously used Moss Lane between 2002 and 2005 before making a switch to Northwich Victoria Marston Arena.
Director of Altrincham FC Grahame Rowley is confident that they've made the right decision..
"They've always seen us as an ideal place to play", Rowley said. "The relationship has never gone sour; I think they always wanted to stay in the first place."
He believes the move will be hugely beneficial for Altrincham FC and should encourage new supporters.
"Obviously it's lovely to have the reserves of one of biggest teams in the country play at your ground", Rowley commented.
"It's nothing but postive for Altrincham FC", he added. "Hopefully when people walk through the turnstiles at Moss Lane for a reserve match, they'll be tempted to nip down for an Alty game."
A Man Utd spokesperson said the decision to move from Northwich was based on location. "We wanted to bring the games closer to our core fans", she said.
However she also cited problems with floodlighting as a factor in the move, as repeated electrical issues made it difficult to hold evening matches.
A number of fixture dates have changed to fit in with Altrincham's schedule following the venue change.
Ticket prices will stay at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.