Match Centre

1-0
Wrexham (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 1st December 2020
National League (Racecourse Ground)
Goals: Ritchie Sutton [44']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mr D Richardson
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
24 Joel Senior
5 Tom Hannigan
4 Ritchie Sutton
2 Andy White
6 Jake Moult (c)
29 Alistair Smith
15 Matty Kosylo
10 Josh Hancock
73
34 Ryan Colclough
64
11 Yusifu Ceesay
79
Substitutes
64
Wrexham
21 Christian Dibble
2 Reece Hall-Johnson
3 Jamie Reckford
4 Theo Vassell
7 Elliott Durrell
87
8 Luke Young
14 Paul Rutherford
65
19 Abillahie Yusuff
87
22 Fiarce Kelleher
29 Jordan Davies
31 Kwame Thomas
Substitutes
10 Devonte Redmond
11 Anthony Jeffery
65
12 Daniel Jarvis
87
15 James Horsfield
27 Jacob Bickerstaff
87
01 Dec 2020 by Andrew Flynn

Altrincham travel to Wrexham tonight looking to build on Saturday's impressive victory over high flying Maidenhead United.

In their best performance of the season to date, Altrincham turned on the style to run the league's form side ragged and secure their second home win of the season, with goals from Josh Hancock and Tom Peers.

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 fixture. Now their attention quickly turns to a similarly tough assignment at The Racecourse Ground, against fourth placed Wrexham.

It is a fixture that pits two of the league's in-form sides together, with Alty having won 3 of their last 4 and Wrexham unbeaten in 5, including an impressive 4-0 victory over Sutton United.

We're really looking forward to it. These are the reasons we tried so hard to get to these levels, playing games like that. We just don't want to be that Jekyll and Hyde team, we want to find some element of consistency and I don't want to be standing here on Tuesday saying: 'if only we did this' and 'if only we did that.'

Brian Flynn caught up with Phil Parkinson after Saturday's win.

Altrincham's last win against Wrexham came just over six years ago. In a remarkable game, Alty found themselves two down at half-time, and both sides were down to ten men. Louis Moult and Scott Leather both saw red.

Andy Bishop was then dismissed on 55', thus sparking a comeback for the Robins that was led by a Damian Reeves brace from the bench. James Lawrie scored a third with less than ten minutes to go, to give Alty the three points.

The Wrexham preview takes us on an interesting journey back through previous encounters between the two sides.

Of course, Wrexham can call upon the talents of former Robin, Elliot Durrell this evening. All at Alty are well aware of the threat that the attacker poses and it should be an enthralling battle between him and whoever gets the nod at right back for the Robins.

Elsewhere in the National League this evening:

Chesterfield v Aldershot (19:00)
King's Lynn Town v Bromley
Maidenhead United v Dover Athletic
Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United
Wealdstone v Torquay United
Woking v Sutton United
Yeovil Town v Eastleigh

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01 Dec 2020 by John Edwards

*Super Sutton .. Ritchie Sutton rises to head home Alty's winner. Picture by Michael Ripley.

A majestic first-half header from Ritchie Sutton was enough to give Altrincham an outstanding 1-0 victory at Wrexham and lift them to the heady heights of fourth in the Vanarama National League on a memorable night at The Racecourse.

Backs to the wall for much of the first half, Alty weathered the storm in magnificent style and edged ahead just before the break, as Sutton soared above the Wrexham defence to power a header home from a Matty Kosylo corner.

It was a lead they never looked like surrendering, as they stood firm whenever tested in a much more even second half and created several chances of their own with some slick approach work.

Free-kicks from both flanks posed the biggest threat to Alty in an opening spell enacted mostly in and around the Robins penalty area.

The delivery from Jordan Davies from way out on the right in only the third minute could hardly have been better. Whipped in left-footed with pace and precision, it was met by a header from Theo Vassell that thundered against the underside of the bar, with Tony Thompson having no chance to react in time.

If that was a stroke of luck for Alty, it was just as fortuitous that Adi Yussuf was unable to snaffle the rebound, as he swivelled with some difficulty and poked his shot wide.

Kosylo has been the main source of inspiration for the Robins in recent weeks, and he was soon driving them forward again, jinking in from the right and setting up Josh Hancock for a shot that was easily saved.

The aerial threat came from the left, rather than the right, in the 10th minute, but Alty once again struggled to cope.

Elliott Durrell's inswinging free-kick, again hit with pace and accuracy, looked a nightmare to defend, and so it proved as centre-back Fiacre Kelleher rose above everyone to glance a header narrowly over.

A 1-1 draw seemed to be the favoured forecast by Alty fans in the build-up to the game, based at least partly on a general assumption that Durrell would find his way on to the scoresheet against his old team.

Unsurprisingly, Durrell himself seemed eager to keep his side of the bargain. When Yussuf rolled the ball back to him from the edge of the area in the 12th minute, he needed no second invitation to steady himself and take aim from 20 yards.

For once, the execution wasn't up to its usual high standard, as he skied his shot yards over the bar.

Undeterred, when another shooting opportunity presented itself eight minutes later, he had no hesitation backing himself once more. It might not have been the best option, given other Wrexham players seemed better placed at the end of a sweeping move, but that didn't stop him letting fly with an effort that was nearer the target but still too high.

With Tom Peers on the bench and Fisayo Adarabioyo not involved, Yusifu Ceesay was handed the role of sole frontrunner. It was proving a thankless task, though he did have the chance to stamp his mark on proceedings after Ryan Colclough picked him out with a probing crossfield ball from inside his own half.

As it landed, there was space for Ceesay to exploit, but his control might have been better and gave Wrexham's defence time to react to the danger and snuff it out.

It was a rare sight of Alty as an attacking force in a first half dominated by the home side, but the defence was at least holding firm in the face of steady pressure that was coming from both flanks.

Indeed, such was the starring role being played by Alty's back line, one of them even found time to forage forward and show his worth at the other end of the pitch in the 44th minute.

Kosylo swung over a corner from the right, and centre-back Sutton - a tower of strength alongside Tom Hannigan - rose to power a header that beat the keeper all ends up and a defender guarding the right-hand post as it flew into the top corner of the Wrexham net.

It's doubtful anyone of an Alty persuasion could deny the breakthrough came against the run of play, but it's probably even more doubtful anyone of an Alty persuasion would be unduly perturbed.

The Robins had defended resolutely and taken the one chance that came their way, and so they went in at half-time a goal to the good.

Whether by design or because they had few viable alternatives, Wrexham stuck to the aerial route in the second half, forcing corner after corner but finding Alty's durable defence as reluctant as ever to yield an inch.

To be fair to an Alty side visibly growing in confidence, they were by no means finding themselves constantly on the back foot, certainly nothing like as much as in the first half.

Hancock had a shot comfortably held by keeper Christian Dibble, and when Hancock and Ceesay combined well, Kosylo drove a shot wide of the near post when he might have done better,

Ceesay was again involved soon after, linking up well with Joel Senior on the right and hitting a low cross that Kosylo just failed to convert at the near post.

Thompson had to deal with a low effort from Yussuf, down near his left post, but it was Alty who were carving out the better chances.

Dibble was forced into action again when a Ceesay cross was only half-cleared to Alistair Smith, whose first-time side-foot volley was held by the Wrexham keeper.

And when a Wrexham corner was cleared in the closing minutes, it led to a lightning break that so nearly produced a second Alty goal.

Kosylo surged clear down the right, and when he was crowded out, the overlapping Senior took over with a run into the box and shot that was saved by Dibble's outstretched boot.

It was the classic away performance, defensively sound and always bright on the break, and it brought Phil Parkinson's men a result they could rightly be proud of.

Superb display again from the Robins. Up the National League we go!!!!!
FULL TIME: WREXHAM 0 ALTRINCHAM 1 (RITCHIE SUTTON 44)
Lengthy treatment for Thomas who limps off. Wrexham have used all 3 subs.Thomas limps back on. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
3 minutes added time. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
89. Kosylo yellow card for a foul.
87. Double substition for Wrexham. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
79. 3rd sub for Alty as Sass-Davies replaces Ceesay . Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
75. Wrexham go close twice in 2 minutes.Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
73. Densmore for Hancock for Alty. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
71. Alty break ends with Senior working an opening before seeing his driven shot blocked by Dibble's legs.Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
68. Nice move for the Robins ends with Smith's volley being saved comfortably by Dibble. Ceesay on the left wing now with Peers up top.
65. Jeffrey replaces Rutherford for Wrexham. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
64. Peers replaces Colclough for Alty. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
61 Vassell's header from a corner is wide. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
48. Hancock's shot is clung on to by Dibble. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
46 Back underway.
HALF TIME: WREXHAM 0 ALTRINCHAM 1 (RITCHIE SUTTON 44)
44. Kosylo corner finds Sutton whose magnificent header beats the defender on the line & sails into the top corner Wrexham 0 Altrincham 1
41. The Robins have survived a 2nd good spell of pressure & are now enjoying more of the ball. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 0
25. Alty coming back into it but a good spell of pressure ends with White's cross being held low by Dibble.Wrexham 0 Altrincham 0
19. Durrell fires over from 30 yards. Alty seem to have weathered the early storm but Wrexham are in charge. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 0
8. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 0 Kelleher's header from another free kick is wide. Good chance.
2. Wrexham 0 Altrincham 0 Early letoff for Alty as a Davies free kick is headed onto the underside of the crossbar & Yussuf's acrobatic effort from the rebound goes wide.
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