Match Centre

2-0
Maidenhead United (H)
15:00 - Saturday 28th November 2020
National League (The J. Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Josh Hancock [63' pen] Tom Peers [80']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Steven Copeland
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
2 Andy White
4 Ritchie Sutton
5 Tom Hannigan
24 Joel Senior
6 Jake Moult (c)
29 Alistair Smith
10 Josh Hancock
78
11 Yusifu Ceesay
71
15 Matty Kosylo
26 Fisayo Adarabioyo
61
Substitutes
71
Maidenhead United
1 Ashby-Hammond
46
4 Shaun Donnellan
5 Manny Parry
7 Josh Coley
10 Danilo Orsi
67
14 Rohan Ince
15 Seth Twumasi
16 Ryheem Sheckfield
19 Ryan Upward
68
24 Alan Massy (c)
25 Sam Barratt
Substitutes
26 Josh Oluwayemi
46
6 Remy Clerima
9 Natahn Blissett
67
18 Alex Addai
68
28 Josh Smile
28 Nov 2020 by Andrew Flynn

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Alty are straight back in action this afternoon, hosting fourth-placed Maidenhead United at The J.Davidson Stadium.

There was no way through for the Robins this past Tuesday night when they fell to a 0-1 defeat against Bromley. Inside four minutes, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild scampered down the left and when he cut the ball back from near the bye-line, James Alabi was on hand to sweep a first-time shot past Tony Thompson from the edge of the six-yard area.

It was an unwanted repeat of the early susceptibility that cost Alty against Solihull Moors, Aldershot and Chesterfield, and for the fourth home game in succession, they found themselves behind inside the opening 20 minutes.

Phil Parkinson was critical of Alty's concentration in the opening exchanges.

Altrincham have been given a major boost after successfully appealing against Matty Kosylo's red card and having it overturned.

Footage of the 90th-minute incident confirmed initial impressions that the challenge was in no way malicious or intentionally aggressive but merely mistimed. He is available to play this afternoon.

Maindenhead have enjoyed a strong start to the season and come into this game unbeaten in five, they're also unbeaten in four away from home. 

Unlike the Robins they did not play midweek and will look to make the added freshness count this afternoon.

Forward, Sam Barratt, sits atop of the National League top scorers chart with 9 goals in 10 games - so he's the obvious one to watch for today's visitors.

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28 Nov 2020 by John Edwards

*Stretch .. Matty Kosylo latches on to a Joel Senior through ball but is foiled by the Maidenhead keeper. Picture by Jonathan Moore.

Altrincham turned on the style to run form side Maidenhead United ragged and secure their second home win of the season with goals from Josh Hancock and Tom Peers at The J.Davidson Stadium this afternoon.

In what must rank as a resounding statement of intent, Alty paid scant attention to the visitors' recent seven-match unbeaten run and dominated a highly-entertaining Vanarama National League fixture with some eye-catching approach play and solid, resilient defending.

The only surprise was they were kept waiting so long for a breakthrough, but it finally came courtesy of a Hancock penalty in the 62nd minute, and when substitute Peers added a second in the 80th minute, the points were safe.

Alty could have been forgiven for focusing on keeping it tight early on after conceding and going behind inside the opening 20 minutes in each of their previous four home games.

Instead, they threw caution to the wind in a whirlwind start that must have left Maidenhead wondering what had hit them.

The onslaught began as early as the second minute with a probing ball down the right flank that dropped over Matty Kosylo's right shoulder, as he accelerated away from a defender.

As the ball hit the deck, Kosylo brilliantly back-heeled it inside to Fisayo Adarabioyo, who might have tried his luck from the right of the area but instead rolled it across the edge of the six-yard box. It may have been an unusually selfless act for an out-and-out striker, but there was no-one on hand to capitalise, and the chance was lost.

Two minutes later, Yusifu Ceesay cut in from the left and hammered a right-foot drive that might have troubled keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond but for deflecting off a defender. Even then, it passed agonisingly close to the near post, as it flew behind for a corner.

When the resulting flag-kick was only half-cleared, Joel Senior hoisted it back into the danger area for the ever-alert Kosylo to seize on. As Alty's livewire midfielder stretched to control it, Ashby-Hammond dashed from his line to save bravely at his feet.

So it continued, and Ceesay was involved again in the eighth minute after Andy White played him in on the left of the area. For once, he opted against switching to his right foot and, instead, hit a fierce early shot with his left that may well have taken Ashby-Hammond by surprise but flashed just wide of the near post.

The only missing ingredient was the all-important one of a decisive finish, and it eluded Alty again when they threatened once more in the 16th minute.

A superb ball from Hancock sent Adarabioyo scampering down the right, and when the diving Ashby-Hammond got a fingertip to his low driven cross, it proved just enough to divert it away from the lurking Ceesay.

It was one of the most concerted spells of pressure Alty have managed to exert all season but, crucially, it had gone unrewarded.

Maidenhead began to bear the look of a team who felt they may have weathered the storm as they gradually worked their way into the game and belatedly fashioned an opening of their own in the 17th minute, when the league's leading scorer Sam Barratt fired wide.

But with the game evenly balanced, given Maidenhead's steady recovery, a floodlight failure stopped both sides in their tracks.

Play was held up for almost quarter-of-an-hour, and when it finally resumed, it was, for a while at least, more of an even contest than it had been in the early stages.

Kosylo provided another reminder of why successfully appealing against his Bromley red card was such a fillip for the Robins with a dazzling run that was only ended by weight of Maidenhead numbers on the edge of the area.

With the half ticking towards four o'clock because of the lights going out, Alty produced more slick approach play that again nearly brought the eagerly-awaited breakthrough.

Great play down the left by Ceesay and Kosylo led to the ball being switched to the right, where Senior's clever reverse pass gave Adarabioyo the chance to drill a shot that looked goalbound until hitting a defender and drifting wide.

In between those two moments of Alty enterprise, there was a stark illustration of just how Barratt has managed to stack up nine goals at this early juncture of the season.

When Maidenhead won a free-kick for a foul that brought Jake Moult a booking, it looked to be out of range for a shot at goal. Though it was in a central position, it was a good 40 yards out, but Barratt had other ideas as he stepped forward and let fly with an absolute screamer that went perilously close to the right post, with Tony Thompson rooted to the spot.

It was a first half that had just about everything, with one obvious exception, and there was no shortage of incident or endeavour at the start of the second half, with Alty again starting brightly.

Both full-backs were showing an admirable willingness to get forward and support Alty's attack, and when White powered forward down the left and whipped in a cross, it was inches away from being met a straining Adarabioyo in the middle.

It was good to see Alty on the front foot for such prolonged periods, and they threatened again in the 55th minute when Senior and Kosylo combined on the right and Alistair Smith brilliantly sidestepped a challenge before hitting a shot that was deflected behind for a corner.

Defenders getting in the way of Alty goal attempts was proving the visitors' saving grace, and it rescued them again when an on-target Ceesay overhead kick hit a Maidenhead player when it looked bound for the top corner.

No  white shirt was going to save them in the 62nd minute, though, when Hancock played a pass inside to substitute Ryan Colclough, whose foraging run into the box was halted by a clumsy challenge that had referee Steven Copeland pointing swiftly to the spot.

Maidenhead hopes hinged on the flourescent lime-green jersey of 46th-minute substitute Josh Oluwayemi between the posts, but they were soon dashed as Hancock stepped forward with nerves of steel to send the keeper the wrong way.

For only the second time this season, Alty had a second goal to show for their efforts in the 80th minute, and what a goal it was.

A ball measured with precision by Smith gave Kosylo the chance to dart in ahead of Oluwayemi on the bye-line and pick out substitute Tom Peers with a cut-back that enabled the Alty striker to lash a shot into the empty net.

It was a richly deserved reward for an energetic, enterprising Alty performance, and with Kosylo continuing to pull the strings, there was no way they were going to let a previously in-form Maidenhead side back in it.

Neither did they, and a clean sheet added to the satisfaction of their first two-goal winning margin this season in what was an outstanding all-round team performance.

Full-time | Altrincham 2-0 Maidenhead | Alty are back to winning ways after a great performance at home.
2-0 | 90+1' Colclough almost makes it 3-0 - he beats two men and hits the side netting with his resulting shot.
Three minutes added time.
2-0 | 86' An even last 10 minutes which has seen both sides create chances.
2-0 | 77' The Robins are two-up through Peers - Kosylo flashes a pass past the Maidenhead keeper and Peers smashes it in.
1-0 | 76' Phil Parkinson makes his final change of the game - Hancock is off for Densmore.
1-0 | 70' Another change for Alty - Peers replaces Ceesay.
1-0 | 61' The Robins are ahead - Hancock converts the penalty well.
0-0 | 60' Penalty for Alty - Colclough is brought down in the box.
0-0 | 59' Altrincham make their first change of the game - Colclough is on for Adarbioyo.
0-0 | 54' Alty have the first chance of the second-half, Kosylo fires wide.
0-0 | 46' We're underway in the second-half.
Maidenhead have made a change at the break - Oluwayemi is replacing Ashby-Hammond in goal.
Half-time | Altrincham 0-0 Maidenhead | Despite a bright start from Alty and several chances from both sides, the game is level at the break.
0-0 | 45+7' Moult goes into the book for a foul.
0-0 | 45+4' Maidenhead look dangerous down the left, Coley puts a ball into the box but it beats everyone.
0-0 | 15 minutes added time.
0-0 | 45' We're back underway and the lights are back on.
0-0 | The floodlights are still out, we are trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
0-0 | 31' A stoppage in play as the floodlights have gone off.
0-0 | 27' Maidenhead go close to taking the lead, Barratt fizzes a cross in, it meets the head of Coley and goes wide.
0-0 | 18' The visitors have their first effort of the half through Barratt, his shot goes wide of Thompson's goal.
0-0 | 8' Ceesay goes close for Alty hitting the side netting with his left-footed strike.
0-0 | 5' A bright first few minutes from Alty so far.
0-0 | 1' Moult gets us underway.
Maidenhead substitutes | Oluwayemi, Clerima, Addai, Smile, Blissett |
Maidenhead starting XI | Ashley-Hammind, Massy (C), Parry, Ince, Sheckleford, Twumasi, Coley, Upward, Barratt, Donnellan, Orsi |
Altrincham substitutes | Miller, Robbins, Densmore, Peers, Colclough |
Altrincham starting XI | Thompson, White, Sutton, Hannigan, Moult (C), Hancock, Ceesay, Kosylo, Senior, Adarbioyo, Smith |
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