Match Centre

Boston United (A)
15:00 - Saturday 5th January 2019
National League North (The Jakemans Stadium)
Goals: Josh Hancock [24'] Jordan Hulme [34']
Goals (Opponent): Ben Davies [80' pen]
Attendance: 964
Referee: Mr Dean Watson
1 Tony Thompson
2 Andy White
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 John Johnston
8 Simon Richman
9 Jordan Hulme
10 Josh Hancock
11 Max Harrop
Boston United
1 George Willis
2 Ben Davies
3 Ashley Jackson
4 Andi Thanoj
5 Lewis Gibbens
6 Ryan Qualter
7 Max Wright
8 Brad Abbott
9 Gavin Allott
10 Callum Chettle
11 Nicky Walker
12 Tai-Reece Chisholm
14 Spencer Harris
15 Jonathan Wafula
16 Jordan Slew
17 Sebastian Malkowski
04 Jan 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTRINCHAM make the trip to Boston United on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways after a tough spell over Christmas at The Jakemans Stadium.

The first game of the New Year saw the Robins go down 1-0 to Stockport County at The J.Davidson at the weekend, which means they have now gone four league games without a win over the festive period, so three points against the Pilgrims would do nicely.

This match will come too soon for James Poole but there are no new injury concerns following the Stockport match and busy Christmas period.

Boston United are one of several teams within several points of the play-offs and lie two points behind Altrincham in 11th coming into the fixture.

The Lincolnshire side have just fallen short of promotion from the National League North via the play-offs on several occasions in recent years, and are currently managed by Craig Elliott, who took charge in November 2017.

They received two boosts in the week with the experienced former Derby County and Sheffield United defender Ben Davies extending his contract until the end of the season and midfielder Lewis Gibbens extending his loan from Macclesfield Town for a further month.

Boston's festive period saw them pick up two draws from their last two games, including one against leaders Bradford Park Avenue. They were also denied three points by a last-minute equaliser from Alfreton Town's Nathan Hotte after Nicky Walker had given them the lead on New Year's Day.

Last time out:

The two sides met at The J.Davidson Stadium back in August and it was the Pilgrims that came away with a 2-0 victory on that day.

Adam Marriott gave Boston the lead just after half-time and with the Robins pushing to get back into the game, Nathan Arnold struck with a minute of normal time remaining to see the away side come away with the points.

Supporter information:

Supporters making the trip to The Jakemans Stadium should note that there is only street parking available around the football ground. The postcode for the ground is PE21 6JN

Those travelling via train should get the service from Manchester Piccadilly and change at Grantham before going onwards to Boston railway station. The ground is around a 20 minute walk away from there. However, they will have to change at Nottingham after the game.

Admission prices:

Adults: £15
Concessions: £11
Under 16's: £5
Adult with Child: £17
Adult with Child x2: £21
Adult x2 and Child x2: £34

Adults: £13
Concessions: £10
Under 16's: £4
Adult and Child: £15
Adult with Child x2 £18
Adult x2 and Child x2: £30

Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett - 5th January

1907 Salford H ML W 4-2
1918 Westinghouse A MAL W 2-0
1924 Stalybridge Celtic A CCL L 1-4
1929 Sandbach Ramblers A CCL L 2-4
1935 Prescot Cables A CCL W 3-1
1952 Hyde United A CCL W 4-1
1957 Runcorn H CCL W 4-0
1974 Great Harwood H NPL W 3-1
1980 Orient H FAC D 1-1
1981 Cammell Laird H CSC D 2-2
1986 Bath City H GL D 0-0
1994 Macclesfield Town A GMVC L 0-1
2008 Oxford United A BSP L 0-4
2013 Harrogate Town H BSN W 3-0


Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.40pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.

The commentary team is Mark Simpson, Ian Wilkinson & John Edwards.

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the 5 following ways:

a) Visit our 'MatchCentre' and click the 'Radio Robins' tab in the Boston United match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play

b) The Radio Robins website Open the page in any web browser and the broadcast should start automatically.

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

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

e) There is a temporary WIX website at

There will be live text coverage of the game on the Matchcentre, and there will be live updates on our twitter account as we look forward to providing all the latest news and updates.

06 Jan 2019 by Admin

Alty got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they travelled to Lincolnshire to overcome a Boston United outfit at The Jakemans Stadium.

After a difficult Christmas period where Phil Parkinson’s men suffered two defeats and two in a four-match winless streak, they bounced back in style with a 2-1 victory that could have been more comprehensive had it not been for some exceptional goalkeeping by George Willis.

It was the hosts who made the stronger of the starts as Gavin Allott header was off target from a good position while Max Wright shot into the side-netting after another nice move.

Alty gave a warning sign of their own as Max Harrop – starting out wide after recovering from a back injury – tested Willis with a good effort and Jordan Hulme’s rebound was blocked.

Midway through the first half it was Alty who broke the deadlock and it was Max Harrop who was involved once again. A cut back from the left found Josh Hancock who fired home into the far corner to put the visitors ahead.

That gave the Robins a huge boost in confidence and they took control of the game from that moment on. Ten minutes later in the 34th minute, Jordan Hulme doubled Alty’s advantage as he got a touch on Andy White’s cross which gave Willis no chance.

The remaining spell before the interval saw Alty create chance after chance but Willis thwarted them several times. Hulme and Hancock especially were threatening but the Boston keeper denied them with some quality saves.

The second half continued as the first half ended as Alty had more chances to extend their advantage. Hulme, Johnston and Hancock all posed more questions to the Boston goalkeeper but Willis had the answers to keep the home side in the game.

With ten minutes remaining, the referee adjudged Jake Moult had fouled Allott in the box which handed the hosts with a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears. Ben Davies stepped up and converted the penalty despite Tony Thompson’s fine effort to save it which set up a nervy final few minutes for Alty.

Parky’s men remained calm however and saw the game out to seal a deserved three points and get back to winning ways. Alty return to the play-off places ahead of the crunch match with leaders Chorley next weekend.

We’ll be back next weekend as Alty make the trip to high flying Chorley. See you then!
First half goals from Josh Hancock and Jordan Hulme gave the Robins a 2-0 lead and although a late penalty for Boston back into the game, they held on fairly comfortably in the end.
The referee blows for full time as Phil Parkinson’s men get back to winning ways!
FULL TIME - Boston United 1-2 Altrincham
90 + 4’ Nothjng much happening in injury time at the moment!
90’ The referee signals five minutes of added time. Can the Robins hold on?
88’ The corner comes to nothing as we approach the final stages at the Jakemans Stadium.
87’ CHANCE! Thompson gets in the way of Allott’s shot and out it goes for a corner!
85’ Williams’ shot is blocked and cleared by Boston.
83’ SUB - Final change for Alty as Sean Williams replaces John Johnston.
80’ Allott is fouled in the box and Davies hits the spot kick past Thompson and into the net despite the Robins keeper guessing the right away.
GOAL - Boston United 1-2 Altrincham (Davies, 80 pen)
79’ Penalty to Boston.
77’ SUB - James Poole is on for Max Harrop.
76’ Thompson is in the book for time wasting from a goal kick situation.,
71’ Not many chances at the moment as Johnston’s free kick is gathered by Willis.
67’ Wright is in the book after a scything tackle on Hampson.
66’ Wafula’s weak shot is saved by Thompson at his near post.,
63’ SUB - Tai-Reece Chisholm is also on for the home side, replacing Callum Chettle.
63’ SUB - Shaun Densmore comes on for Andy White, who has been walking a bit of a tightrope since his booking!
60’ SUB - Brad Abbott is replaced by Jonathan Wafula for the home side.
58’ Richman’s shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, which goes straight out of play.
57’ Chettle’s shot is saved by Thompson.
55’ Johnston’s delivery is whipped in and Willis saves from Hannigan.
54’ Davies goes into the book for Boston after fouling Hulme.
52’ CHANCE! Hancock’s shot is cleared off the line for the Boston defender and there are shouts for handball as Harrop’s resulting cross hits the top of the bar and goes out of play.
48’ Jones is in the action today as he wins the first header from the corner and gets it away from danger.
47’ Jones heads the free kick away for a Boston corner.
46’ White breaks up a Boston counter attack by fouling his man and receives a yellow card for his troubles.
We’re back underway for the second half!
A terrific first half for Altrincham, who have grown into the game and dominated since they took the lead, forcing Boston keeper Willis into a succession of saves. We’ll be back for the second half.,
HALF TIME - Boston United 0-2 Altrincham
45 + 3’ It comes to nothing and the referee blows for half time
45 + 3’ Another chance for Alty as Harrop forces Willis to push over for a corner.
45 + 2’ The delivery from Harrop is cleared.
45 + 1’ Hancock’s long range shot is pushed over the bar by Willis. Corner to the Robins.
45’ Three minutes of added time are signalled.
44’ Davies’ free kick is blocked and the balls falls to Thanoj, who forces Thompson to tip away.
41’ CHANCE! Hancock is found with his back to goal and he swivels and shoots, forcing a great save out of Boston keeper Willis!
39’ Harrop’s shot is just wide of the post.
37’ Abbott’s shot is way over the bar for Boston.
35’ Johnston’s delivery is cleared as the Robins continue to put the pressure on.
34’ CHANCE! Hulme hits a lob and Willis tips over! Corner to Alty.
33’ Johnston curls in a cross and Hulme is there to flick the ball past the keeper and into the net! It’s great to have him back!
GOAL - Boston United 0-2 Altrincham (Hulme, 33)
30’ CHANCE! Harrop clips it in and Hancock flicks it towards goal but the keeper gets down well to save and Boston eventually clear!
29’ Johnston’s cross is headed out for a corner to Alty.
24’ Hancock is found in the 18 yard box by Harrop and fires the ball into the back of the net to give the Robins the lead!
GOAL - Boston United 0-1 Altrincham (Hancock, 24)
23’ Altrincham starting to get the ball down and playing well now.
20’ CHANCE! Hancock’s shot is blocked and the rebound reaches Hulme, whose shot is stopped too before Boston scramble away!
16’ White scuffs a clearance straight to Wright on the edge of the area, who shoots wide.
12’ CHANCE! Allott meets the cross with a free header but it goes just wide.
10’ Allott’s cross goes straight across goal and out of play.
8’ Neither side really looking that threatening so far today!
5’ It is taken short but comes to nothing.
4’ Boston have started well and win the first corner of the game.
We’re underway!
Subs: Chisholm, Harris, Wafula, Slew, Malkowski.
Boston XI: Willis, Davies, Jackson, Thanoj, Gibbens, Qualter, Wright, Abbott, Allott, Chettle.
Subs: Mantack, Williams, Poole, Densmore, Elliott.
Altrincham XI: Thompson, White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult, Johnson, Richman, Hulme, Hancock, Harrop.
Welcome to the Jakemans Stadium as Altrincham look to get back to winning ways against Boston United in the National League North.
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