WHITCHURCH Alport have sent out a rallying call to the town to see if they can attract another bumper crowd up to Yockings Park for the last home fixture of the season on Easter Monday. 

The Reds entertain promotion rivals Litherland REMYCA in a vital First Division game – and then face three consecutive away games to complete their season. 

On Saturday, the club attracted 270 spectators to the ground and even though visitors Holker didn’t bring any supporters, it was still the club’s fourth-highest home attendance this season. 

Alport are confident  they could pull close to 400 if they can drum up enough support, with the Merseysiders expected to swell the gate with a decent away following. 

The promotion battle won’t be decided on that one game but it will have a huge bearing on whether the Reds will remain in the picture for automatic promotion, or be consigned to the end-of-season play-offs. 

Co-manager Luke Goddard stressed the importance of the match and sent out an impassioned plea to help pack Yockings Park in five days’ time.

“It’s a huge game at a critical stage of the season,” he said. “There’s a lot riding on it but you couldn’t have scripted it any better in our 70th season. 

“There have been plenty of memorable moments this season and our fans can play a huge part in the remainder of it. 

“It’s one final opportunity for us all to gather at our home ground and celebrate the journey we’ve been on so far. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to every game, one game, or you haven’t been at all this season."

Meanwhile, Alport maintained their title and promotion hopes as they beat Ashton Town 9-0 away last night.

Michael Blundell grabbed four goals, Luke Walley scored twice and there was one each for Paul Hudson and Simon Everall, with an own goal too. 

The win keeps Alport to within three points of new leaders Charnock Richard as the top four are separated by three points having played the same number of games.

*For a full Alport round-up, see this week's Whitchurch Herald.