Match Centre

0-2
Alfreton Town (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Friendly (The Impact Arena)
Goals (Opponent): Conor Branson [58'] Nathan Fox [61']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mr E Swallow
Altrincham
1 Matthew Gould
3 Andy White
45
4 Ritchie Sutton
60
5 Tom Hannigan
60
6 Toby Mullarkey
7 Matty Kosylo
60
8 Sean Williams
45
9 Jordan Hulme (c)
60
10 Josh Hancock
60
11 Curtis Miller
45
Substitutes
60
60
60
Alfreton Town
1 George Willis
2 Josh Clackstone
3 Nathan Fox
4 Conor Branson
5 James Jones
6 Toby Lees
7 Dom Smith
8 Dan Bradley
9 Shaun Tuton
10 Bobby Johnson
11 Elliot Reeves
Substitutes
2 Joe Stacey
3 Kieron Hinchley
4 Harvey Grice
5 Adam Lund
6 Adedapo Adelekan
7 Rio Molyneaux
8 Michael Williams
9 Danny Clarke
10 Jake Day
22 Sep 2020 by Andrew Flynn

Despite recent reports that plans for fans to return to sport events in October are called off, Alty’s preparation for the 2020/21 season will indeed continue, with tonight’s trip to Alfreton Town all set to go ahead behind closed doors.

At the time of writing this match preview we do not yet have clarity on what this news will mean in relation to the start of the 2020/21 season. Until we’re told otherwise, the season starts on Saturday, 3rd October at 15:00 and we can rest assured that Parky and the players will be treating tonight’s encounter with Billy Heath’s Reds as such - should circumstances change, we will communicate this with you all in line with The National League’s regulations and subsequent embargos.

Anyway, moving on to tonight’s game of football. Perhaps one to be savoured.

Alty travel to “The Impact Arena” off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory against Huddersfield Town B. The game, played at their Canalside Sports Complex training ground, was effectively over by half-time courtesy of a first half brace from Jordan Hulme and another for good measure, Yusifu Ceesay the scorer. Toby Mullarkey added a fourth in the second half, converting from a Matty Kosylo cross.

Afterwards, assistant manager Neil Sorvel caught up with Aiden Beswick:

We knew that Huddersfield would be technically very good & keep the ball well, which they did in the first half & that gave us the opportunity to work on our defensive shape & hitting them on the counter-attack. Against the better full-time teams in our league, we are not going to be able to create the number of chances that we had on Saturday & being critical, we will need to do better in terms of our conversion rate.

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, he added:

We will be looking to start the 8 substitutes from Saturday at Alfreton tonight, so that all of Saturday’s squad will have featured in a game for at least 60 minutes, with a view to getting the players up to 75-80 minutes game time in the last 2 pre-season games at AFC Fylde on Saturday & Salford City U23’s on Tuesday.
Pre-season is more about playing minutes, getting the lads to link-up & looking at different combinations, rather than results. We are looking to progress with each game played & each team that we play brings different challenges & most of them, including Alfreton, will have played more pre-season games than us.

With that in mind then, we could be looking at a starting XI that gives Matt Gould his first start, as well as places in the XI for trialists Joel Senior, Ashley Smith-Brown and Will Hall - plus Curtis Miller, Simon Richman and Toby Mullarkey.


Match coverage

Our media team have been granted access to The Impact Arena for today's game.

Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary of tonight's game at Alfreton Town on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 7:30pm.

The match commentary sponsor is 'The Non-League Lounge.'

The commentary team is Paul Salt, Niall Finnegan and Brian Flynn.

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:

1) By visiting our MatchCentre on the club website.

2) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

3) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

4) https://mixlr.com/radio-robins

5) There is also a temporary Radio Robins WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins

Text updates

Match coverage will also play out on the Altrincham FC Twitter page.

23 Sep 2020 by Andrew Flynn

Altrincham put in another ninety minutes of pre-season action last night with an away friendly at Alfreton Town's "Impact Arena."

It was a game that saw the Robins play plenty of good football, particularly in the first half, but two goals in three minutes were enough to put Phil Parkinson's men away against opposition that were a few games ahead of his in their preparation.

You got the sense that this was the sort of game Altrincham needed to have at this stage, particularly against a combative and physical side akin to the footballing styles they are set to come across in The National League.

Reflecting upon the performance with Brian Flynn in an interview that will be posted in full later, Parkinson said;

I've been saying all the way through, everyone came back a little bit earlier than us. They've had more games so they're where they want to be, obviously we're still trying to get there. We're not far away, I think if we we're just a little bit more efficient in the final third - in the first half - it could have been a completely different score.

A fair reflection upon a first half that saw Alty play some really good stuff at times, with Josh Hancock putting in a particularly eye catching performance in his usual 'number ten' role.

Alfreton edged the opening exchanges with a series of corners but once they allowed the Robins to settle onto the ball the game was dictated in central midfield by Sean Williams, with Toby Mullarkey proving a comfortable foil in that deeper role.

Inside half an hour chances had been created for Hancock, Miller and Hulme but the trio were all unable to convert, the biggest of which fell to Hancock who found himself ten yards out from a Matty Kosylo pass - Alfreton's James Jones got across to block expertly.

The second half was a different story. It's all about minutes at this stage and, much like the friendlies that have come before this one, we knew Alty would be likely to make wholesale changes. Connor Hampson, Yusifu Ceesay and Simon Richman all played 45 minutes in place of Andy White, Curtis Miller and Sean Williams.

Alfreton's opener came just before the hour mark. A third successive corner was lofted deep into the box where the aforementioned Jones was free to head the ball back across, finding former-Robin Conor Branson to head home at the back post.

The goal was met by further Altrincham changes in the form of Max Clayton, Tom Peers, Shaun Densmore, Jake Moult and trialist Ashley Smith-Brown replacing their grey-stripped counterparts - but no sooner had they settled in their positions than Alfreton's Nathan Fox smashed a stunning 30-yard goal past Matt Gould. Two nil.

Alty did settle back into the game and, as time wore on, they looked increasingly likely to find a lifeline. Gould dispatched a long goal kick down the right channel for Ceesay to latch on to, his cross found a free Peers but, with only the goalkeeper to beat, his effort was wide of the mark.

Hampson then won a penalty with just a couple of minutes left on the clock, he cut in from the right hand side and displayed good footwork - enough to confuse his man and he was subsequently tripped. The penalty was taken by new signing Clayton, who showed some really high quality touches and turns in his half an hour on the pitch, but it was at a good height for goalkeeper George Willis and that was that.

Alty's next friendly will take place this coming Saturday at AFC Fylde. This game will be played behind closed doors, with all of the usual coverage in all of the usual places.

Altrincham finish strongly but unable to score - Next match Saturday v AFC Fylde (Away)
91 - Final Score - Alfreton 2 Altrincham 0
Penalty by Clayton well saved by Willis to right hand side
88 - Penalty awarded for Altrincham
86 - Excellent catch and clearance by Gould in to Ceesay, cross into Peers who shoots wide from good position
85 - Free kick to Alfreton in dangerous position on edge of area Shot saved by Gould at expense of corner
81 - Fliock on by Peers to Ceesay Fouled on edge of area Poor free kick over everyone
77 - Alfreton claims for hand ball in area turned down. Resultant corner over bar
70 - Great ball from Smith Brown to Ceesay just blocked
64 Header from Clayton (also on as sub) just over bar from free kick
Goalscorer Nathan Fox
61 - Goal - Alfreton 2 Altrincham 0
60 mins - Host of substitutes for Altrincham Densmore, Peers, Moult, Brown-Smith
58 - Goal conceded from third corner Conor Branson forcing header in to net 0-1
57 - Alfreton corner from poor backpass Second corner conceded
55 - Altrincham free kick on edge of area Overhit by Kosylo\
52 - Altrincham - being forced on defensive in opening 7 mins of second half
49 - Hulme just caught offside
47 - Free kick Altrincham on edge of area Bobby Johnson booked
replacing Andy White, Curtis miller, Shaun Williams
Altrincham Substitutes - Yousif Ceesay, Connor Hampson, Simon Richman,
Stand by multitude of half time substitutions !!!
45 - The referee adds 45 seconds of extra time before bringing the half to a close. Williams and Hancock have showed their class, but Altrincham have struggled to create too many clear cut chances. A close game at the break. 0-0.
43 - Some incisive play from Alfreton, culminating in a rising drive from Johnson which just clears Gould's bar.
40 - Some promising play from Altrincham, who exchange maybe 25 passes before Alfreton squeeze the life out of the attack on the edge of their own box.
38 - As Alfreton forwards below us gasp in horror, the home defence parts like the Red Sea. A long punt by White dissects them to find Hulme, but he toe pokes wide on the stretch. Possibly the best chance of the half for the Robins.
36 - Sloppiness from White gifts Alfreton possession 35 yards from the visitor's goal, but the hosts fail to create a chance.
32 - A rare slip from Hannigan lets Shaun Tuton in, but the rather cumbersome forward scuffs his shot. A combination of Gould and Sutton clear the ball for a corner to the hosts.
28 - Gould takes 3 attempts to clear an Alfreton free kick. The subsequent corner is more easily dealt with.
27 - Altrincham clear two consecutive corners, though the second wasn't dealt with too convincingly.
25 - White with a terrific bit of defending, and in the following counter attack Hancock performs his sixth sublime turn of a virtuoso first 25 minutes. The corner that follows goes for a goal kick.
23 - Hulme works wonders in keeping an errant corner in play, but it comes to nothing and Alfreton once again launch a tedious long clearance to Gould.
20 - A scrappy spell ends with a Hancock shot blocked from 20 yards.
17 - Some smart defending from Hannigan snuffs out an Alfreton attack.
14 - Altrincham begin to assert themselves, and Hulme is released in the right channel. His shot is well saved by Willis.
13 - More precision from Williams finds Hancock, who is bundled over 25 yards out. From the free, Hancock slips and curls the ball well wide.
9 - Miller goes close twice. The first effort came after a gorgeous ball from Williams freed Hulme. His pull block found Miller who's shot was scuffed. He then regained the ball 20 yards out, and just cleared the bar. Better from the visitors.
7 - Altrincham struggling for fluency early on.
4 - Altrincham see off a succession of Alfreton free kicks comfortanbly.
1 - Toby Mullarkey kicks off for the visitors, wearing their all-grey strip.
Slight delay to kick off as Altrincham emerge 5 minutes late from the changing rooms.
Alfreton Subs Joe Stacey Kieron Hinchley Harvey Grice Adam Lund Adepo Adelkan Rio Molyneux Michael Williams Danny Clarke Jake Day
Altrincham substitutes (numbers to be confirmed): Shaun Densmore, Ash Smith-Brown, Jake Moult, Simon Richman, Max Clayton, Tom Peers, Yusifu Ceesay, Will Hall, Tony Thompson, Connor Hampson
Alfreton Line Up 1 George Willis 2 Josh Clackstone 4 Conor Bransom 5 James Jones 6 Toby Leers 7 Dom Smith 8 Dan Bradley 9 Shaun Tuton 10 Bobby Johnson 11 Elliot Reeves
Altrincham's line up for this evening is as follows: 1. Matt Gould; 2. Joel Senior, 3. Andy White, 4. Tom Hannigan, 5. Richie Sutton; 6. Toby Mullarkey, 7. Curtis Miller, 8. Sean Williams; 9. Jordan Hulme, 10. Josh Hancock, 11. Matty Kosylo
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