Match Centre

2-1
Brackley Town (A)
15:00 - Saturday 1st December 2018
National League North (St James Park)
Goals: Simon Richman [39'] Andy White [52']
Goals (Opponent): Glenn Walker [40']
Attendance: 510
Referee: Amy Fearn
Altrincham
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 Kallum Mantack
92
Substitutes
92
Brackley Town
1 Danny Lewis
2 Ellis Myles
3 Connor Franklin
72
4 Shane Byrne
5 Connor Hall
6 Gareth Dean (c)
7 Glenn Walker
8 Shepherd Murombedzi
72
9 Lee Ndlovu
78
10 Matt Lowe
11 Adam Walker
Substitutes
12 Luke Fairlamb
72
14 Daniel Nti
78
15 Shaun Jeffers
72
16 Mark Noon
29 Nov 2018 by Andy Phillips

ALTY head to Brackley Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to continue their surge up the National League North table in recent weeks.

The Robins had a break from league action last weekend but managed to complete an impressive 4-0 victory over league leaders Bradford (Park Avenue) and will now be turning their attentions towards a trip to Northamptonshire and play-off rivals Brackley.

From the side that beat Bradford (Park Avenue), Owen Dale drops out of the squad after end loan deal expired, while James Poole and Sean Williams both have an outside chance of returning to the squad although it is unlikely they will feature here.

Brackley are currently just one place behind Alty in eighth with the Robins having played one less game than Kevin Wilkin's side, and will provide a tough test for the Robins.

The Saints finished third last campaign under Wilkin, who has been in charge since 2015, and also lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium after defeating Bromley on penalties in the final.

Former Solihull Moors forward James Armson has been the Saints' main goal threat so far this season with nine goals, whilst his strike partner Lee Ndlovu is not far behind with seven strikes to his name so they will be the main players to watch out for at the weekend.

Last time out:

The two sides last met in March 2014 at St James Park, where a late fight back from the Robins saw them come away with a 2-1 victory. The home side took the lead on that day through David Bridges before goals in the last 10 minutes from both Damien Reeves and James Walshaw saw Alty come away with the three points.

Ticket prices:

Adults: £12

Concessions and over-60s: £6

U18’s and students: £3

U10's: FREE

Supporter information:

The main clubhouse bar will be open and refreshments will be available within the ground and this match will not be segregated.

Directions and travel information is provided here.

Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 1st December

1917 Woodhouses H MAL D 0-0
1923 Winsford United H CCL W 1-0
1928 Runcorn A CCL L 2-3
1934 Tranmere Rovers Reserves H CCL W 7-1
1951 Winsford United A CCL W 3-2
1956 Witton Albion A CCL L 2-4
1962 Stalybridge Celtic A CCL L 1-3
1967 Tranmere Rovers Reserves A CCL W 2-1
1979 Nuneaton Borough A APL L 0-2
1984 Yeovil Town A GL W 2-1
1987 Horwich RMI H GMAC L 1-2
1990 Cheltenham Town H GMVC W 3-0
1992 Nantwich Town A CSC W 1-0
2001 Accrington Stanley A FAT D 1-1
2007 Histon H BSP L 1-2
2009 Barrow H BSP L 0-1
2012 Boston United A BSN W 3-2

Coverage:

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

The match commentary sponsor is Smart Storage

The commentary team is Mark Simpson, Laurence Howarth & 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 Brackley Town match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play

b) The Radio Robins website www.radiorobins.com. 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 https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins

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 from The J.Davidson Stadium. 

02 Dec 2018 by John Edwards

Form team Altrincham continue to go from strength to strength after putting together another performance and result sure to make the rest of the Vanarama National League North sit up and take notice.

Phil Parkinson’s side have developed a happy knack of raising the bar on a game-by-game basis in recent weeks, and there was little sign of expectations being dampened at Brackley on Saturday as they swept aside one of their promotion rivals and climbed into fourth place, six points behind leaders Bradford (Park Avenue) with a game in hand.

In making it six wins and a draw from their last seven league games with a thoroughly-merited 2-1 victory, Alty passed another test of their promotion credentials. While York City, in the league, and Bradford, in the FA Trophy, were both put to the sword with some irresistible attacking flair, Brackley were always likely to be a tougher nut to crack on their own pitch.

Rather than swamping them with swashbuckling style, a capacity for digging in and forcing their will on the home team was the order of the day. Not for the first time under Parkinson and Neil Sorvel, the challenge was met head-on.

It may not have been as spectacular as some recent performances, but the control exerted against opponents unbeaten at home in the league since early August spoke volumes for Alty’s standing as serious contenders for a second successive promotion.

Any side with ambitions of going up will have days where they have to find a way of winning, rather than relying on their natural strengths, and Alty did it by remaining organised and resolute and sticking together in a way that has been a hallmark of Parkinson’s time as manager.

At the heart of it was skipper Jake Moult, a tower of strength at the base of Alty’s midfield and once again leading by example, shielding the back four by repelling Brackley attacks in the air and on the floor and driving his team on, right to the last of the four added minutes.

Alty started on the front foot and threatened twice inside the opening five minutes. First, Jordan Hulme had an effort blocked, after being picked out by a left-wing cross by Kallum Mantack on his full debut, then John Johnston’s dipping shot just cleared the Brackley bar, with keeper Danny Lewis looking on anxiously.

If that suggested an open game, it was to prove anything but, particularly in a tight first half in which chances were few and far between.

Tony Thompson dashed from his line to smother the ball at Shepherd Murombedzi’s feet and reacted brilliantly to keep out a Connor Franklin drive that deflected off James Jones’ head, but they were isolated moments of danger in a half Alty shaded.

It came as no surprise when Alty went ahead in the 39th minute, even if they did make hard work of getting the ball over the line, following a handling error by Lewis. The keeper inexplicably spilled the ball under no pressure, but Alty still needed three attempts to capitalise, as Jordan Hulme tried a back heel and Mantack hit a defender on the line before Simon Richman finally forced it home.

Alty’s discipline faltered only once, but they were made to pay, as Brackley punished a solitary lapse in concentration to force their way back on terms within a minute of going behind, Glenn Walker converting Adam Walker’s cross from the left.

It was a lesson in keeping your guard up, and Alty heeded it by restoring their advantage in the 55th minute and rarely affording Brackley the opportunity to hit back a second time.

Sharing goals around is another prerequisite for lasting the pace in a promotion contest, and Alty look well served in that department, given healthy returns so far for Hulme, Johnston and Josh Hancock and the sight of Richman being joined on the scoresheet by another occasional marksman in Andy White at St James Park.

White has been a revelation in recent weeks, and his attacking prowess was never more evident than when he cut in from the right and powered infield before hitting a left-foot shot that beat Lewis at his near post.

It was turning into a classic away performance, with Tom Hannigan standing firm at the heart of a solid, well-drilled rearguard on the odd occasion Brackley put it to the test and Alty carrying a goal threat on the counter attack more than once.

Johnston spun past his marker, fastening on to a pass from Hancock, and surged clear from the halfway line, only to be denied by alert defending from Franklin, who got enough of a block on the winger’s shot to take the sting out of it.

Soon after, Hulme’s rare talent for making something out of nothing so nearly extended the lead to 3-1. Facing away from goal with a Brackley player on his back one moment, he was clean through the next after shaking off the defender’s close attention with a brilliant turn and bearing down on the six-yard box.

For once, Lewis, who didn’t have the happiest of afternoons, was up to the task, as he advanced towards Hulme and smothered his shot.

So, the score stayed closer than Alty, or the vocal travelling support, would have liked, but nerves were hardly on edge, such was the compact nature of a Moult-inspired performance that sent an unequivocal message to anyone else harbouring promotion ambitions that Parkinson’s men mean business. Another searching examination awaits next Saturday when AFC Telford United visit The J.Davidson Stadium, but it's unlikely Alty will be short of confidence or self-belief after a run of form and results that has put them right in the thick of the battle to go up.

We’ll be back next week as the side host AFC Telford United at the J. Davidson Stadium. See you then!
Another win for the Robins! A terrific result for Phil Parkinson’s side, who ground out the result and defended brilliantly whilst being clinical at the other end.
FULL TIME - Brackley Town 1-2 Altrincham
90 + 3’ Tony Thompson in the book for time wasting.
90 + 2’ Max Harrop on for Callum Mantack with two minutes to go.
90’ Four added minutes are signalled.
89’ Altrincham continuing to defend resolutely as we approach the final stages.
86’ The ball is cleared by Johnston as Brackley continue to press.
85’ Hannigan does brilliantly to cut out a cross from Myles. Corner to Brackley.
84’ Johnston’s comes to nothing as a push in the box results in a free kick off Brackley.
83’ Hulme does brilliantly again to force the ball out for a corner.
79’ Brackley starting to put on some pressure now as Hampson defends brilliantly again to head a cross away.
78’ Final change for Brackley as Nti replaces Ndlovu.
77’ CHANCE! Great play by Hulme who turns his marker and is through on goal but the keeper saves and Johnston’s rebound is blocked.
76’ Brackley are pressing as they try to create a chance that will set up an equaliser.
73’ The attendance is 510 for today’s game. A big thank you the Robins fans that have made the journey to Northamptonshire!
72’ Doible change for Brackley as Jeffers and Fairlamb are on for Franklin and Murombedzi.
69’ Murombedzi’s shot goes well wide for the home side as we approach the last 20 minutes.
65’ The game has become very stop start in the last few minutes with several niggly fouls.
57’ Richman’s shot from the edge of the box goes well over the bar.
54’ CHANCE! White does brilliantly at the other end to head the ball off the line and over the bar after Thompson is beaten in the air by Walker and leaves an open goal behind him.
52’ Andy White restores the lead for the Robins! The full back cuts inside and bends the shot past the goalkeeper at his near post. Great start to the half!
GOAL - Brackley Town 1-2 Altrincham
51’ The corner is cleared outside to Myles, who fires well over the bar.
50’ Thompson tips Dean’s looping header over the bar for a corner.
48’ A scrappy start to the second half with both sides giving the ball away whilst on the attack.
We’re underway in the second half!
Boss Phil Parkinson will be disappointed that Simon Richman’s opener was cancelled out by Brackley almost instantly but there is all to play for in the second 45.
The referee brings the first half to a close in what was a very tight game before the game exploded into life with two goals in the closing stages of the half.
HALF TIME - Brackley Town 1-1 Altrincham
45+ 1’ The ball goes out for a corner, with Johnston’s delivery finding Hancock but the ball goes wide.
45’ The referee signals one minute of added time.
41’ The home side equalise straight from the kick-off as Myles’ cross finds Glenn Walker and he heads past Thompson.
GOAL - Brackley Town 1-1 Altrincham
40’ Alty take the lead through Simon Richman! The goalkeeper spills a cross and Mantack has a shot cleared off the line before Simon Richman tucks the rebound home!
GOAL - Brackley Town 0-1 Altrincham
38’ Mantack takes his man on out wide but Hulme isn’t able to get on the end of his cross.
37’ Hulme does well to get the corner away.
36’ CHANCE! Terrific save from Thompson as a cross deflects off Jones and he tips it away for a corner.
35’ Johnston and Mantack play it short again but it comes to nothing and Brackley counter attack.
34’ Richman goes down after running at the defence but the ball deflects away for an Alty corner.
33’ Thompson spills a long range shot from Lowe but gathers at the second attempt.
32’ The away fans appeal for a penalty as Hampson is brought down but there doesn’t seem much in it and nothing is given.
31’ Great header from Hannigan as he stops a dangerous cross and is fouled in the process.
28’ Thompson is clattered by a late challenge from Ndlovu but seems okay.
27’ Johnston takes it short to Mantack, who gets the ball across but it is cleared.
26’ Hulme does well to win a corner.
25’ Mantack does well out wide and gets the ball into but Hampson narrowly misses getting on the end of the cross.
21’ Lowe gets on the end of it but can’t keep his header down and it goes over the bar.
20’ First corner of the game for Brackley as Ndlovu kicks the ball off of White.
15’ Thompson is forced into action to smother the ball and stop Ndlovu from getting in behind.
14’ Brackley are starting to see a bit more of the ball now without creating anything so far.
11’ A great run from Hampson as he nicks the ball in the centre of the pitch but his pass is cut out and eventually cleared.
6’ Alty continuing to dominate possession but no more chances since the opening stages.
2’ Johnston’s long range start goes over the bar. Alty starting on the front foot.
1’ Hulme’s shot is blocked and the ball falls to Mantack but his cross is cleared.
We’re underway!
The teams are out and we’re ready for kick-off!
Subs: Fairlamb, Nti, Jeffers, Noon.
Brackley Town XI: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Walker, Murombedzi, Lowe, Walker.
Subs: Harrop, Gabidon, Langley, Densmore, Wynne.
Altrincham XI: Thompson, White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult, Johnston, Hulme, Hancock, Mantack.
Altrincham make one change to the side that beat Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy last weekend, with Kallum Mantack coming in for Owen Dale.
Phil Parkinson’s men will be looking to make it six wins out of their last seven league games against a Brackley side that sit just below the Robins in the National League North table. Team news to come.
Good afternoon and welcome to St. James’ Park as Altrincham make the trip to Brackley Town.
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