Match Centre

4-0
Chester (H)
15:00 - Saturday 2nd March 2019
National League North (The J.Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Joe Piggott [51'] Josh Hancock [62'] Josh Hancock [68'] John Johnston [90']
Attendance: 1714
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Match Sponsor: Smart Storage / Flaggers
Ball Sponsor: R & J Gallimore / In memory of Bill Brocklehurst
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
2 Andy White
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
75
7 John Johnston
8 Sean Williams
9 Joe Piggott
75
10 Josh Hancock
11 Yusifu Ceesay
75
Substitutes
75
75
Chester
1 Grant Shenton
2 Bradley Jackson
3 Matty Waters
4 Scott Burton (c)
5 Danny Livesey
6 Steve Howson
7 Craig Mahon
72
8 Gary Roberts
9 George Waring
83
10 Anthony Dudley
11 Dan Mooney
65
Substitutes
12 Simon Grand
14 Lloyd Marsh-Hughes
83
15 Sean McAllister
72
16 Ben McKenna
65
17 Akwasi Asante
01 Mar 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTY face Chester at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as the Robins look to consolidate their place in the play-off positions against a direct rival for those places.

Phil Parkinson's men are just a point ahead of Chester in the National League North table with the visitors having played a game more, so with only several weeks of the season left, it could be a pivotal afternoon for both sides.

Confidence will be high in the Robins camp after the terrific 6-0 victory at Curzon Ashton last weekend, while Chester picked up a 2-0 victory at home to Blyth Spartans in their last fixture midweek.

Chester managerial duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson have already tasted success at this level after winning promotion with Salford City last season, so they will be looking to replicate that success after a good run in recent weeks.

With so much still to play for this season for both sides, it is a difficult one to call and boss Phil Parkinson will hope that the home fans can play their part in helping the team to an important victory.

Last time out:

The last meeting between the two sides came in November when Altrincham came away with a 2-1 away victory at the Deva Stadium.

A Jordan Hulme double was the difference, with the striker scoring his first early on before Simon Grand equalised just after half-time.

However, Hulme struck again in the 64th-minute to earn an important three points for the Robins and Jordan will be available once again for this match following suspension.

Admission prices:

Adults £13

Concessions (65+, Students) £10

Juniors (12-16) £5

Under 12s £1

Coverage:

Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.55pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.

The commentary team is Ian Wilkinson, Paul Salt & 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 'Chester' 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.

03 Mar 2019 by John Edwards

Altrincham produced a commanding second half-performance to see off promotion rivals Chester and make it 10 goals without reply since losing to Spennymoor nearly a fortnight ago.

After an evenly-fought first half largely devoid of clear scoring opportunities, the game sprang to life in the 50th minute, when Chester were reduced to 10 men, following the dismissal of their captain and midfield mainstay Scott Burton.

Already booked in the first half, Burton could have few complaints about being shown a second yellow card after scything down Sean Williams with a lunging late challenge right in front of referee Andrew Kitchen.

The official wasted no time reaching for his pocket - and Alty wasted no time capitalising on their numerical advantage with an attacking blitz that blew hapless Chester away.

Within a minute, they were in front, courtesy of a goal that owed everything to Josh Hancock's eye for an opening and ability to exploit it. A surge of acceleration and clever change of direction took him past two challenges on the left of the area, and the low cross that followed presented Joe Piggott with a routine finish from six yards for his fourth goal in two games.

With John Johnston and Yusifi Ceesay constantly probing down the flanks, Chester began to wear the look of a team who knew their fate, as wave after wave of attacks had them backpedalling and struggling to cope.

With full-backs Andy White and Connor Hampson supplementing the flank manoeuvres to devastating effect, Chester were on the rack, and Alty were in no mood to let them off it.

A Johnston-White combination on the right opened up the Chester defence in the 56th minute and led to Piggott firing in a fierce drive from the edge of the area that was beaten away by diving keeper Grant Shenton.

The action continued to unfold in and around the Chester box, and a dominant Alty duly doubled their lead in the 64th minute, with Johnston once more making inroads down the right and making it count.

After forcing his way down the line and then cutting into the area, the winger twice tried to pick out a team-mate with a low cross, only for each one to bounce back to him off a defender. When he crossed again, a deflection fell for Hancock to drill a shot unerringly through the smallest of gaps in a crowded six-yard box for goal number two.

Jordan Hulme made a welcome introduction in place of the hard-working Piggott in the 66th minute and quickly slotted into an attacking masterclass that drew roars of approval from the home contingent in a bumper crowd of 1,714.

The lead was further extended in the 69th minute when Jake Moult, again a tower of strength at the heart of midfield, won the aerial battle for a Johnston corner at the far post, and Hancock turned it over the line from close range.

Though Alty were untroubled defensively, Tom Hannigan was once more an imposing presence, and he was unlucky not to claim a rare goal with a thumping header from another Johnston corner in the 76th minute that smacked Shenton in the face and flew to safety.

Hancock was denied a hat-trick with a last-minute back heel from yet another corner that was gathered by Shenton, but there was no stopping Johnston soon after, as the livewire winger wrapped up an eye-catching Alty performance with a fourth goal.

Hulme rolled the ball into the path of fellow-substitute Simon Richman, whose shot may have been drifting wide of the far post until Johnston's razor-sharp reactions diverted it past a helpless Shenton to seal a 4-0 scoreline that lifted Alty into fifth place, with an increasingly healthy looking goal difference.

Full time: Altrincham 4-0 Chester FC.
90" JOHNSTON 4-0! Richman's scuffed effort is helped on by Johnston with a flick past Shenton.
83" Waring is replaced by Marsh-Hughes as Chester make their final sub.
81" Dudley shoots wide.
76" A fantastic save by Shenton denies Altrincham a fourth.
75" Substitution for Altrincham, Yusifu Ceesay is replaced by Callum Dolan.
72" Substitution for Chester, Craig Mahon is replaced by Sean McAllister.
69" Johnston delivers the corner, Moult meets it with a bullet header at the back post, Shenton parries it into the path of Hancock who slides in the third.
69" HANCOCK 3-0!
66" Substitution for Altrincham, Jordan Hulme is back from his suspension and replaces Joe Piggott up top for Alty.
65" Substitution for Chester, Ben McKenna replaces Daniel Mooney.
A cross by Johnston is deflected into the path of Hancock who smashes it past a few men on the line.
63" HANCOCK THUMPS IT HOME! 2-0 ALTRINCHAM.
62" Altrincham are putting themselves under pressure with a poor pass forward from Thompson getting caught up in the end and almost causing an issue for the Robins.
55" Piggott volleys from the edge of the box and Shenton punches clear.
52" Altrincham 1-0 Chester, (Piggott 52")
52" PIGGOTT! 1-0 TO Altrincham. Hancock plays it across the box after dribbling past the back line of Chester, Piggott is on the other end of the pass and smashes it into an empty net.
50" Red card for Chester, captain Scott Burton receives his second yellow card.
48" Waring heads wide from 10 yards out, first chance in the second half falls to Chester.
The second half begins.
Half-time: Altrincham 0-0 Chester.
45" +1 added time.
42" Yellow card for Scott Burton.
38" Corner for Chester, Mooney takes, a push in the box on Piggott sees Altrincham awarded a free-kick in their own box.
35" Corner for Altrincham, Johnston will take, nothing amounts from the delivery.
31" Gary Roberts chips the ball into the box but the pass is too far for Waring to collect before going out of play.
27" A run down the left by Johnston results in another poor delivery.
23" A fantastic tackle by Hampson denies Daniel Mooney a goal scoring opportunity.
20" Chester corner, Mooney to deliver, Williams clears the cross.
16" Johnston shoots across the goal, Shenton had it covered though, goal-kick for Chester.
10" Mooney troubles Thompson with a low effort to the 'keepers left but the effort is clawed away.
9" Corner for Chester FC. Mooney delivers, cleared by Piggott.
6" Burton slides in on Ceesay off the ball and somehow doesn't get booked.
3" Ceesay attempts to take on Jackson but instead runs the ball out of play for a goal-kick to Chester.
Kick off!
Chester FC substitutes: 12) Grand, 14) Marsh-Hughes, 15) McAllister, 16) McKenna, 17) Asante.
Chester FC line-up: 1) Shenton, 2) Jackson, 3) Waters, 4) Burton (C), 5) Livesey, 6) Howson, 7) Mahon, 8) Roberts, 9) Waring, 10) Dudley, 11) Mooney.
Altrincham substitutes: 12) Dolan, 14) Richman, 15) Hulme, 16) Densmore, 20) Drench.
Altrincham line-up: 1) Thompson, 2) White, 3) Hampson, 4) Jones, 5) Hannigan, 6) Moult (C), 7) Johnston, 8) Williams, 9) Piggott, 10) Hancock, 11) Ceesay.
Current standings: Altrincham: 7th, 49pts. Chester: 8th, 48pts.
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