15 Feb 2019
by Andy Phillips
ALTRINCHAM host Bradford (Park Avenue) at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to beat the Yorkshire side for the fourth side this season.
The Robins picked up a 2-1 victory at local rivals FC United of Manchester last weekend thanks to Andy White's strike seven minutes from time, so the side will be aiming for another three points as they look to make sure they finish the season in the play-off positions.
Phil Parkinson's men picked up victories against the side in the National League North, FA Cup and FA Trophy so will be hoping to make it four wins from four against Mark Bower's side.
The Robins will be without Jordan Hulme once again through suspension, while Nathan Waterston has sustained a long-term knee injury and his loan spell has come to an end so Parky’s options are somewhat limited in attack.
Bradford have spent the entire season fighting for promotion and have only recently tailed away from automatic contention with a poor start to the calendar year.
Avenue are without a victory in their first six games of 2019 so will be eager to get back to winning ways and they certainly have the players to do so on paper, with the likes of on-loan Salford City striker Jake Beesley, former Birmingham City man Oli Johnson and ex-Altrincham favourite Nicky Clee in their side, and will be looking for revenge against the Robins come the weekend.
Last time out:
The two sides last met in the FA Trophy back in November when goals from John Johnston, Jordan Hulme, Josh Hancock and Kallum Mantack saw the Robins pick up a 4-0 victory.
Altrincham also came away with a 4-2 win in the FA Cup after again coming from behind to make it through to the next round.
The reverse fixture in the league came back in September, when Altrincham came from behind twice to earn a 3-2 victory thanks to Max Harrop's winner.
Concessions (65+, Students) £10
Juniors (12-16) £5
Under 12s £1
We will be showing Newport County vs. Manchester City following Saturday's game.....Just stick around after the game to watch and there will be plenty of screens and seating available.
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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 Tim Ainsworth, Brian Flynn & 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 'Bradford (Park Avenue)' 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 news and updates.
16 Feb 2019
by Grant Mcquillan
Altrincham FC 1-1 Bradford (Park Avenue)
Altrincham proudly donned their colourful strip at The J.Davidson Stadium, in the fight against homophobia, but a late equaliser from Danny East spoiled their celebrations after Josh Hancock had given them a first-half lead.
The visitors applied early pressure to the home goal with some clever passages of play, but Altrincham were equal to it with stubborn defending that kept chances to a minimum.
Despite Bradford having the early initiative, it did not take long for Altrincham to get a foothold in the game, with the first real chance falling to Joe Piggott, whose effort was blocked.
Alty went ahead in the 21st minute, with Piggott again to the fore. The on-loan striker cleverly worked his way past Luca Havern before squaring the ball to Josh Hancock, who rounded the keeper to neatly tuck away his 12th league goal of the season.
Immediately after the breakthrough, Altrincham attempted to add another, with Max Harrop earning and almost netting a wonderful free-kick that shaved the post.
Shortly after, however, Bradford began to creep back into the game, mounting pressure on the Alty goal but seldom threatening an equaliser, as excellent tackling and stubborn defending safeguarded the 1-0 lead up to half-time.
Bradford started the second half on the front foot again, though the Robins remained a threat, with winger John Johnston finding space on the right to deliver two crosses in quick succession that were both claimed by keeper Charlie Andrew.
Alty were determined Bradford shouldn’t have things all their own way and increasingly made use of Harrop and Johnston on the flanks, in their quest for a second goal that would surely make the points safe.
Harrop almost delivered it after picking himself up from being fouled and curling a low free-kick towards the far post that Piggott came agonisingly close to converting with an outstretched right boot.
It was a reprieve Bradford made the most of with a fortuitous equaliser late on, as former Robin Nicky Clee worked his way to the bye-line on the left and cut the ball back for Danny East to somehow bundle it home after a scramble inside the six-yard box.
This result leaves Altrincham in seventh on 46 points, with a game in hand over eighth-placed Chester, and up next for the Robins is a visit from third-placed Spennymoor at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday.
FT - Alty concede a late equaliser as our run of victories against Bradford (Park Avenue) comes to an end. In truth, the visitors arguably deserved something from the game despite not creating that many chances as they did enjoy plenty of the ball. Thanks for joining us whether you are following from near or afar, and we look forward to you joining us on Tuesday night for the match against Spennymoor.
Critchlow-Noble is booked
90' The referee has added 3 minutes of added time
89' Harrop and Ceesay are trying to combine in the BPA box but a miscommunication sees the play break down
85' Booking for Hancock
84' GOAL - Alty 1-1 BPA - the visitors scramble the ball past Drench and it is Danny East who is claiming the goal after good work fro Lewis Knight and Nicky Clee
Alty are looking to kill the game now and manage possession and while BPA are enjoying plenty of the ball, they are still finding it difficult to fashion clear cut chances
78' Final roll of the dice for BPA as they make a double change with Killock and Hurst coming off and Critchlow-Noble and East coming on for the remaining 12 minutes plus injury time
76' Harrop has been booked
74' The raft of changes continues as Fawns comes on for Piggott, as Ceesay moves up front
67' It has not been Jake Beesley's day today as the BPA striker fluffs what was a good opportunity for the Yorkshire outfit....and that sums up their topscorer's day somewhat
65' Ceesay comes on for Johnston for the Robins....let's see what the on-loan winger has to offer in this final 25 minutes or so
60' Langstaff comes on for Oli Johnson for the visitors
The game is opening up as the visitors are starting to commit more men forward. Alty find JJ and Hancock through with just one defender to beat but the pass forces JJ out wide and the chance and momentum is lost
Alty manage to get forward and relieve some of the pressure on the defence. Harrop has an effort that fails to trouble the BPA keeper, and Alty also have a corner but JJ's cross comes to nothing
And it is the visitors once again who have made the brighter start with Johnson and Clee in particular enjoying good possession
The second half is underway and despite leading, Alty will be keen to raise their game to fend off this Bradford (Park Avenue) outfit
Half-time at The J.Davidson Stadium in what has been a highly entertaining affair. BPA will likely feel frustrated to go in behind given their spell of pressure before the break especially but Alty have the lead thanks to Josh Hancock's goal
Simon Drench provides some relief to the Alty defence by claiming another high ball as BPA have had an excellent spell of pressure but they have been unable to find an equaliser
BPA are enjoying a series of corners and putting Alty under sustained pressure now
A corner for BPA is played short and as the ball falls to the talented young Alex Hurst in the box, he fires over the bar when he probably should have done better
After a difficult opening 20 minutes, loanee Joe Piggott has really grown into this game and is getting increasingly involved in the play
We are at the half hour mark and Alty are one up. There has not been that many clear cut chances so far but both teams look dangerous going forward. Josh Hancock's goal is the 16th goal in the three matches and 30 minutes played between the two teams this season and we can expect more
BPA go back down the other end and create move danger to the Alty defence. They cannot pierce the Alty backline however as they cannot get their shot away
Max Harrop has a shot which takes a deflection and it goes into the side netting for a corner....the resulting corner is cleared by the visitors
BPA look set to respond immediately but the linesman flag is up to deny Beesley who looks to lob Drench
GOAL! Alty 1-0 BPA - Joe Piggott turns Luca Havern and feeds Josh Hancock to put him clean through and Josh keeps his composure to round the keeper and slot home on 22 mins
Another nice move by Alty with some good play by Connor Hampson as Piggott is fed the ball but as he tries to cut back in on his right foot, that allows the BPA defence to recover
Possibly Alty's best moment of the game as Hancock squares the ball but the waiting Piggott is thwarted as BPA skipper Killock intercepts and clears the danger
The ball is sticking a little bit better with Jake Beesley up top for BPA than it is for Joe Piggott for Alty so far and that is allowing the visitors to build their attacks better
We have had a slight lull in the play after a relatively fast start. BPA still enjoying the greater possession but Alty looking a threat on the counter with the pace of JJ, Hancock and Harrop
Ten minutes on the clock and we have had no injuries!
A corner to Alty now as the home side counter and Harrop's shot takes a wicked deflection to go out for a corner. JJ takes the corner to the near post but it eventually goes out for a goal kick
Jake Moult is booked
Alty are defending once against as BPA have a corner which is played to the back post but James Jones heads clear....BPA are clearly targeting high balls to trouble the Alty backline
And it is the visitors who have the first foray forward with a set piece and a couple of balls lumped into the box but they come to nothing as Alty counter with Hancock and Harrop but the play fizzles out as Piggott's effort is foiled
We are off as Alty get us underway on a glorious sunny day!
The teams are coming out! There's a great attendance at The J.Davidson today for what promises to be a cracking match!
BPA subs: Toulson, Langstaff, Critchlow-Noble, East, Nowakowski
BPA XI: Andrew, Ross, Clee, Hurst, Killock, Havern, Knight, Branson, Beesley, Johnson, Spencer
Alty subs: Poole, White, Fawns, Ceesay, Thompson
Alty line-up is in......Drench; Densmore, Jones, Hannigan, Hampson; Moult, Richman; Johnston, Hancock, Harrop; Piggott
We'll have team news as soon as it is available but otherwise tour around the website and have a read about some of the activities taking place today - https://www.altrinchamfc.com/news/timetable-for-a-day-of-history-at-the-j-davidson-stadium
Welcome to matchday live! We sincerely hope as many of you as possible can come down to The J.Davidson Stadium today to witness a piece of football history with our special match day kit based on the LGBT Pride flag to commemorate Football v Homophobia Action Month. If you cannot, thanks for following our matchday live coverage and we will bring you all the latest direct from the stadium!