Match Centre

Chorley (A)
15:00 - Saturday 12th January 2019
National League North (Victory Park)
Goals: Max Harrop [23']
Goals (Opponent): Alex Newby [55'] Josh Wilson [65'] Alex Newby [84'] Courtney Meppen-Walter [93']
Attendance: 1675
Referee: Tom Parsons
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
1 Matt Urwin
2 Matt Challoner
3 Adam Blakeman
4 Andy Teague (c)
5 Scott Leather
6 Courtney Meppen-Walter
7 Alex Newby
8 Josh O’Keefe
9 Marcus Carver
10 Josh Wilson
11 Elliott Newby
12 Jake Cottrell
14 James Hooper
15 Lewis Baines
16 Dale Whitham
21 Danny Eccles
11 Jan 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTRINCHAM face a trip to league leaders Chorley on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to pick up their second away victory on the bounce after success last time out.

The Robins ended a run of four league games without a win at the weekend when they beat Boston United 2-1 and will now be looking to upset a side that are three points clear at the top of the National League North.

Chorley have continued on from last season under manager Jamie Vermigilio, who took over from Matt Jansen in the summer after spending several years as his assistant manager, and he is certainly making a name for himself with the Magpies currently three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand on Bradford (Park Avenue) heading into Saturday's fixture.

Vermigilio's side have shown a knack for getting goals from all over the pitch so far this season without really having a prolific striker amongst their ranks, so they certainly have plenty of threats on the pitch for teams to be aware of. 

The Magpies saw their game against Brackley Town postponed at the weekend and were denied a victory at Hereford last time out thanks to an injury-time equaliser from Josh Gowling in a 1-1 draw, so they too will be aiming for victory as they look to extend their league at the top of the table.

Last time out:

The two sides have yet to meet this campaign, with the reverse fixture set to take place at The J.Davidson Stadium in April, so the last meeting came back in January 2017.

Chorley came away with a 2-0 victory at Victory Park that day thanks to first half goals from Jack Sampson and Jake Cottrell, so the Robins will be hoping for a better result this time out.

Supporter information:

Supporters planning on going via train should note that the Northern Rail strike this weekend will be severely affected, with no trains running after 5pm when the game finishes.

Services are running from Manchester Oxford Road to Bolton BEFORE the game, where supporters will have to change for a rail replacement bus to take them to Chorley railway station.

Trains not running after the game means that the 125 bus from Chorley Bus Station to Bolton Interchange followed by the 37 from Bolton Interchange to Piccadilly Gardens is the best option on that front. 

There is very limited parking at Victory Park so supporters are advised that there is a small car park off Pilling Lane that will cost £3 per person and is first come first served, whilst there is plenty of street parking available too.

Most car parks in the town centre are free after 1pm on Saturdays, which is another option.

Admission prices:

Adults £12

Concessions £9

Students £7

Juniors (12-16) £5

Under 11s FREE

Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett - 12th January

1907 Heywood A ML W 5-2
1918 Siemens H MAL W 2-0
1924 Witton Albion H CSC W 1-0
1929 Northwich Victoria A CSC L 1-6
1935 Prescot Cables H CCL W 6-1
1957 Port Vale Reserves H CCL D 2-2
1970 Runcorn H NPL W 2-1
1974 Netherfield A NPL L 1-4
1980 Grantham A FAT D 1-1
1991 Leek Town A FAT W 4-0
2001 North Ferriby United A FAT L 2-3
2010 AFC Wimbledon A FAT L 1-3
2013 Worcester City A BSN D 0-0


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 Paul Salt, Mark Simpson & 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 'Chorley' 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'.

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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.

13 Jan 2019 by Dan Connor

Altrincham’s visit to Victory Park ended in a 4-1 defeat after an emphatic second-half display from league leaders Chorley, making it five straight league games unbeaten for The Magpies.

It was a real game of two halves, with Alty deservedly leading at the break thanks to a Max Harrop strike but then conceding four goals in the second half, as Chorley hit back to take all three points.

Both sides started well, creating an even amount of chances within the first 10 minutes. Alty’s first real attempt on goal came from Jake Moult. The midfielder chested the ball down, 20 yards out, but saw his shot glide over the crossbar.

Chorley came knocking shortly after, as Elliot Newby played the ball into Adam Blakeman on the edge of the box, but his weak shot along the floor was gathered up with ease by Alty keeper Tony Thompson.

As Alty began to take control, ex-Robin Scott Leather saved his side from going 1-0 down, following a wonderful strike from Josh Hancock. Harrop seized possession in midfield and found Hancock, whose powerful strike was parried high into the air by the diving Matt Urwin. The ball was arcing towards the Chorley goal and looked like crossing the line, until Leather dashed back and hooked it to safety.

Altrincham, now starting to create the better chances, continued to apply pressure and went agonisingly close to a breakthrough in the 20th minute after winning a free-kick 30 yards out. Hancock stepped up and again showed his shooting prowess from distance, with a thunderous effort that rattled the crossbar.

It was all Alty, and, just three minutes later, they got their well-deserved reward. Using his explosive pace down the right wing, John Johnston then cut inside and hit a curling left-foot shot that Urwin palmed away at full stretch. Harrop was first to react, pouncing on the loose ball and drilling it into the net from a tight angle.

Chorley came close to equalising just before the break after Blakeman’s shot from the edge of the box was flicked on by Alex Newby, racing towards goal, only for the winger’s intervention to divert it wide.

Jamie Vermiglio’s men came out after the break raring to go, whereas Altrincham found it difficult to pick up where they left off. Chorley applied the pressure instantaneously, winning four corners inside the first two minutes of the second half.

It took a rejuvenated home side just 10 minutes to find an equaliser, Alex Newby playing a well-worked one-two with Josh Wilson before slotting past Thompson.

Alty came close to restoring their advantage almost immediately after Johnston latched on to a pass from Andy White, sprinted down the right flank and drilled a dangerous looking ball into the box. It was intended for Jordan Hulme, but Chorley’s defence were alert to the threat and cleared their lines.

Just a few minute later, Chorley found themselves in the driver's seat for the first time, following an unerring close-range volley by Wilson. Marcus Carver played the ball over to Wilson, who chested it down well, before finishing with some conviction.

Two more goals in the last 10 minutes solidified the win for the hosts. It was Alex Newby again who grabbed their third, a well taken volley that flew past a static but possibly unsighted Thompson, and Courtney Meppen-Walter headed home from a corner in the 93rd minute.

The scoreline may have flattered the league leaders, but they did more than enough in the second half to inflict Altrincham’s second loss of 2019. It can be taken as read that Phil Parkinson’s men will be determined to put matters right next Saturday when they take on Southport at The J.Davidson Stadium.

Full-time: Chorley FC 4-1 Altrincham FC. A one sided second half sees the Robins lose here at Victory Park. Report to follow.
90+3" Courtney Meppen-Walter nods in from a corner, 4-1 Chorley.
90+2" Elliot Newby is replaced by Whitham.
90" +3 added time.
86" Chorley substitution, Wilson is replaced by Hooper.
84" Alex Newby scores again for Chorley, a volley from the edge of the box gives Thompson no chance to stop it. 3-1
80" Double substitution for Altrincham, Williams replaces Richman and Sang replaces Harrop.
77" Carver is booked for a foul on Moult.
76" Sub for Altrincham, Johnston is replaced by Mantack.
72" Corner for Altrincham, Johnston to take, cleared by Teague.
70" Josh O'Keefe is replaced by Jake Cottrell.
69" Richman sees a yellow card for pulling down Elliot Newby on the break.
64" Chorley 2-1 Altrincham. Josh Wilson smashes it past Thompson, unmarked in the box and gives our hosts the lead.
Alex Newby slots the ball under Thompson to send Chorley level.
54" Newby equalises for Chorley, 1-1.
50" Altrincham are under a lot of pressure at the start of the second half, Chorley on top.
Attendance: 1675.
46" Corner for Chorley. Blakeman delivers, headed over by Hampson for another corner but the second one is cleared.
The second half begins.
Half time: Chorley 0-1 Altrincham. Harrop 23"
45+1" Josh Wilson is booked for a foul.
+2 minutes added on.
44" Johnston is booked for pushing over a Chorley man on the break.
42" Leather leathers one from 30 yards out but his shot is well wide.
40" Blakeman's shot is flicked on by Alex Newby wide of the goal.
37" Richman shoots just over the bar from the edge of the box.
35" Carver is one on one with Thompson and decides to shoot, his strike is fluffed wide.
32" Meppen-Walter shoots from far out with his shot going well wide of Thompson's post.
29" Josh Wilson shoots from the edge of the area after a cut back and his effort is well over.
JJ cuts in from the right flank on the break, shoots with his left, Urwin parries into the path of Harrop who smashes it home! 0-1
20" Free-kick for Altrincham, around 30 yards out, Hancock hits the bar with his effort.
16" Meppen-Walter is booked for a foul on Hulme.
15" Hancock shoots over on the break for the Robins after James Jones cleared a header off the line, entertaining start here at Victory Park.
13" A bizarre back-pass almost results in an own goal for Altrincham as Thompson is slipping and sliding in his box to deny the ball from going in the back of his own net. Chorley on top here.
10" Hancock shoots from far out and the Chorley 'keeper palms it into the air and ex-Robin Scott Leather clears off the line to deny his former club from taking the lead.
9" Blakeman shoots from the edge of the box straight into the arms of Thompson.
6" Corner for Altrincham, Harrop to deliver, the ball is cleared by the Chorley back line.
5" Both sides are trying to get a foot hold in the game, Altrincham attacking the packed out away end in this first half.
0" And we're off! What a big game in the Robins' season!
Chorley FC line-up: 1) Urwin, 2) Challoner, 3) Blakeman, 4) Teague (C), 5) Leather, 6) Meppen-Walter, 7) Newby, 8) O'Keefe, 9) Carver, 10) Wilson, 11) E.Newby.
Altrincham FC line-up: 1) Thompson, 2) White, 3) Hampson, 4) Jones, 5) Hannigan, 6) Moult (C), 7) Johnston, 8) Richman, 9) Hulme, 10) Hancock, 11) Harrop.
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