Altrincham are on their way back from Borehamwood with three points and a clean sheet following a complete and confident away performance.
The Robins, who played in yellow this afternoon, made an encouraging start to the game with some lovely early touches from Matty Kosylo and Alistair Smith, who once again impressed throughout. The first 25 minutes were perhaps to be expected given the recent form of both sides, and their standings in the National League - it developed into an even and well-matched contest with nothing in the way of clear chances for either side, despite the abundance of Alty possession.
A huge Boreham Wood penalty shout was waved away on 28', and the momentum of the second half swung from there. The hosts saw a lot more of the ball and their threat grew throughout the remainder of the half. Sorba Thomas smashed the crossbar from range on 34', causing Alty to breathe a huge sigh of relief. Thompson was well beaten.
On 40', Kabongo Tshimanga broke into the box and created some space between himself and Tom Hannigan - he should have done much better with his wild and wayward effort. Off target, and Alty went in level despite living a touch on the dangerous side as the half wore on.
HT: Boreham Wood 0-0 Altrincham
As soon as the whistle was blown for the restart, Altrincham were on the front foot and pressing much higher up the pitch. This bright start to the second half saw Josh Hancock produce a fantastic save from goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, swivelling to shoot low from just inside the box.
As Alty continued to push forward, 58' and 64' saw the introductions of Yusifu Ceesay and Jamie McDonald for Andy Dales (who took a knock) and Fisayo Adarabioyo respectively. They would prove to be inspired changes.
To be clear, it wasn't one-way traffic. The Altrincham defence had to stand up well to a number Boreham Wood corners, crosses and long punts to get in behind. As the half wore on it become increasingly apparent that the hosts were aiming to go direct, where they had previously kept the ball on the ground in the first half.
It was on 87' that the Robins finally made the breakthrough. Matty Kosylo took control of the ball, and the situation in midfield with a delightful nutmeg - advancing forward with his head up, he picked out Ceesay with a ball in behind the Boreham Wood defence. An onrushing Ashmore could only do enough to block Ceesay's initial effort, and there was McDonald to follow up and tap home.
Joe Robbins was brought on for Josh Hancock moments later, and Alty saw out the game to gain another vital three points on the road.
FT: Boreham Wood 0-1 Altrincham