Match Centre

3-2
Chesterfield (H)
19:45 - Tuesday 17th November 2020
National League (The J. Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Fisayo Adarabioyo [29'] Josh Hancock [62' pen] Josh Hancock [89']
Goals (Opponent): Scott Boden [13'] Jordan Cropper [63']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Karl Evans
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
20 Shaun Densmore
3 Connor Hampson
28 Billy Sass-Davies
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
15 Matty Kosylo
32 Andy Dales
93
29 Alistair Smith
10 Josh Hancock
26 Fisayo Adarabioyo
84
Substitutes
Chesterfield
34 Corey Addai
4 Josef Yarney
5 Will Evans (c)
6 Laurence Maguire
32 Jordan Cropper
3 David Buchanan
89
13 Milan Butterfield
23 Jonathan Smith
85
8 Curtis Weston
19 Scott Boden
86
24 Tom Denton
Substitutes
31 Dylan Wharton
26 Haydn Hollis
33 Tyler Denton
89
7 Joe Rowley
85
25 Luke Rawson
86
17 Nov 2020 by Andrew Flynn

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Alty are looking to bounce back from successive defeats this evening with the visit of Chesterfield to The J. Davidson Stadium.

This past Saturday, Alty players trooped off shaking their heads in frustration after laying siege to Aldershot's goal in a one-sided second half but finishing empty-handed for the second time in four days.

The game featured three debutants in loanees Andy Dales and Alistair Smith, alongside Jamie McDonald - all three of which joined the club the day before. Dales particularly grew into the game late on, smashing the crossbar just after the hour mark. Smith and McDonald appeared from the bench in the latter stages of the game.

The result put Altrincham 21st on goal difference, albeit in a very tight bottom half of the National League which sees just four points separate 12th from 23rd. Obviously it is too early to start talking about must-win encounters, but three points from tonight's meeting with the 19th placed 'Spireites' could change our position substantially and give Robins fans a revived perspective on the start of the season.

This is going to be a tough season and we are going to be tested, we just have to stick together like we have done for the past three or four years. It’s going to be tough but we need to stick together and just do our thing, because we are well and truly good enough to compete in this league.

Taken from a piece with Tony Thompson in this evening's digital match programme.

Additionally, Brian Flynn spoke to full back Connor Hampson after Saturday's game. Despite Altrincham's poor fortunes and mixed start to life back at National League level, one consistent has been the strong performances of Alty's number three.

Alty fans will no doubt welcome the news that Ritchie Sutton and Andy White are nearing a return to full fitness and could be in contention this evening. It goes a small way towards restrengthening a Robins squad that has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.

Derbyshire Times report that:

Chesterfield will still be without striker Nathan Tyson for Tuesday night’s trip to Altrincham. The striker is also likely to be out for Saturday’s clash against Notts County. Midfielder Liam Mandeville is back training after self-isolating. Defender Josef Yarney is available for selection after completing his three-match ban.

And from the same piece, some words from Chesterfield boss, John Pemberton:

"Altrincham last season were arguably, in the National League North, I think were the best footballing team in the division,” Blues boss John Pemberton said.

“They have found it difficult to adapt to the level, which some people do, but they play a certain way and they have an identity how they play and if you don’t defend properly they will cause you problems."

“Like us, their confidence is probably a little bit low at the moment regards of their results, but I am sure they will be looking at this game thinking we might be a possibility that they could turn their season around so they are all problem games unless we attack it in the right manner.”

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Click here for streaming information. Tickets cost £9.99, and today's match commentators are Brian Flynn & John Edwards.

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17 Nov 2020 by Seth Hamill

Altrincham welcomed Chesterfield to J. Davidson stadium for an action packed thriller under the floodlights ending 3-2.

Straight out of the gate Chesterfield were the more threatening side, creating early chances down the right side. Chesterfield made their early dominance count, finding the net in the form of a close range header at the back post after 13 minutes. Cropper's shot deflected and found Jonathan Smith who headed the ball back across the goal mouth to Boden for the finish.

Altrincham responded well, beginning to create openings with promising forward interplay. Their creativity paid off in the 29th minute when Matty Kosylo latched onto a long ball from Thompson, threading it through to Adarabioyo in front of goal. The Altrincham striker kept calm and composed, taking a touch before an excellent finish past Addai.

The remainder of the half was spent with both teams battling it out to try and find their second goal of the evening. Sass-Davies and Thompson helped keep the scoreline even with a header off the line and a tip over the bar respectively. Altrincham were not without their chances however. Dales came close to scoring but was ruled offside in a promising position and Sass-Davies had a headed effort from a corner sail wide of the goal.

HT: Altrincham 1 - 1 Chesterfield

The second half began with a couple of chances for Chesterfield, most notably another goal line clearance. This time Josh Hancock came to the rescue after a Jonathan Smith header.

It was inevitable that more goals would come and the first of the second half came after Alistair Smith was brought down in the box. A penalty was awarded and Hancock converted it, drilling his effort into the bottom left corner after 62 minutes.

Chesterfield responded instantly with a tremendous strike by Cropper from a wide angle just outside the box finding the net, hardly giving Altrincham a minute to settle down after taking the lead.

Tony Thompson was kept busy this evening making two impressive saves in the second half to deny Chesterfield a third goal.

It was in the 89th minute when the winning goal was taken expertly by Josh Hancock. It was a splendid move by Altrincham with Shaun Densmore's driven ball dummied through the legs of Matty Kosylo. Hancock picked it up on the edge of the box and finished past Addai with a powerful shot.

Altrincham defended their lead in the final few minutes of the game and fought well to get their first home win of the season.

FT: Altrincham 3 - 2 Chesterfield

FT: Altrincham 3 - 2 Chesterfield. Report to follow
90+3' Substitution for Altrincham. Sutton replaces Dales. ALT 3-2 CHE
89' GOAL! Well worked goal by Altrincham. Shaun Densmore puts a ball along the ground from the right. Miller dummies, letting the ball go through his legs to Hancock who gets a shot off past Addai into the left side of the goal. ALT 3-2 CHE
86' Substitution for Chesterfield. Rawson replaces Bowden. ALT 2-2 CHE
85' Substitution for Chesterfield. Rowley replaces Smith. ALT 2-2 CHE
84' Substitution for Altrincham. Curtis Miller replaces goal scorer Adarabioyo. ALT 2-2 CHE
73' Tony Thompson's having a busy evening, having to make two saves in a flurry of shots. ALT 2-2 CHE
69' Superb save by Thompson. His outstretched arm denies Denton's header from close range. ALT 2-2 CHE
67' Good bit of play from Matty Kosylo. He drives into the box and forces a save out of Addai. ALT 2-2 CHE
63' GOAL! Chesterfield respond instantly with a tremendous strike by Cropper from a wide angle just outside the box. ALT 2-2 CHE
62' GOAL! Alistair Smith wins a penalty and Josh Hancock converts, placing the ball in to the bottom left corner. ALT 2-1 CHE
61' A yellow card for Yarney. ALT 1-1 CHE
57' Another chance from Chesterfield. A long throw into the box headed by Maguire is defended well by Altrincham. ALT 1-1 CHE
51' Chesterfield come very close to scoring after a half volley from Smith is cleared off the line by Hancock. ALT 1-1 CHE
HT: Altrincham 1 - 1 Chesterfield. Plenty offered by both sides, with the game for either team's taking in the second half. ALT 1-1 CHE
43' Inviting corner met by Sass-Davies who rises above his man and glances his effort wide of the goal. ALT 1-1 CHE
36' A clearance off the line by Sass-Davies keeps the scoreline even. ALT 1-1 CHE
35' A very close offside call by the Assistant Referee as Dales is caught just behind the defensive line in a nice move by Altrincham. ALT 1-1 CHE
33' Fantastic save by Tony Thompson. He tips a powerful shot over the bar. ALT 1-1 CHE
29' GOAL! Kosylo threads a nice ball into Adarabioyo who stays calm and composed with an excellent finish past Addai. ALT 1-1 CHE
26' A drilled shot comes dangerously close to the left post of Tony Thompson's goal courtesy of Smith. ALT 0-1 CHE
24' A nice passing build up for Altrincham ends as Hancock gets the ball and turns but the referee awards a free kick to Chesterfield. ALT 0-1 CHE
13' GOAL! A deflected shot is headed back across the goal mouth and nodded in by Boden at the rear post. ALT 0-1 CHE
10' A promising run by Andy Dales, receiving the ball from Hampson. He manages to get a shot off but it is blocked. ALT 0-0 CHE
8' Thompson catches a Denton header after a long throw in into the box. ALT 0-0 CHE
1' Chesterfield are awarded an early free kick. Maguire heads the ball over the bar. ALT 0-0 CHE
1' And we're off! Altrincham kick off, shooting towards the Chequers End. ALT 0-0 CHE
Subs: 19. Joe Robbins 24. Joel Senior 12. Curtis Miller 31. Jamie McDonald 4. Ritchie Sutton
Altrincham Lineup is as follows: 1. Tony Thompson 20. Shaun Densmore 3. Connor Hampson 28. Billy Sass-Davies 5. Tom Hannigan 6. Jake Moult 15. Matty Kosylo 32. Andy Dales 29. Alistair Smith 10. Josh Hancock 26. Fisayo Adarabioyo
Good evening Robins! Tonight we take on Chesterfield at the J Davidson Stadium.
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