25 Jan 2019
by Andy Phillips
ALTRINCHAM make the trip to Leamington on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to pick up their third win in four games.
Jake Moult's winner last weekend saw the Robins beat Southport 1-0 and there is now a renewed sense of optimism around The J.Davidson Stadium after a tricky festive period. Combined with the signing this week of talented forward Nathan Waterston, Alty are keen to push on at this key stage of the season.
Their next task comes against a Leamington side that are keeping their survival hopes very much alive and will be looking to move even further away from any potential relegation battle.
The Warwickshire side are managed by Paul Holleran, who has been in charge for almost a decade now having taken in charge in November 2009 and has been very successful in creating a stable National League North side over the years.
Holleran's men went down 1-0 at home to Stockport County on Tuesday night, so they will be looking to get back to winning ways in front of their own faithful.
Last time out:
Both sides met on the opening day of the season at The J.Davidson Stadium back in August in what proved to be an entertaining encounter.
The Robins were forced to come back from behind on two occasions during the game, with the first instance being when Jack Edwards' first half strike was cancelled out by a Jordan Hulme goal just after the half time break.
Despite that, Leamington went right up the other end and took the lead again through Callum Gittings just a minute later, before Hulme stuck on 54 minutes in a lively start to the second half to see the game end in a 2-2 draw.
Supporters driving to the ground should take note of the postcode CV33 9SA for their sat navs.
There is a small car park at the ground that has space for around 350 vehicles but fans are urged to get there early as it is first come first served and there is very limited street parking around the ground otherwise.
For fans travelling by rail, there are regular trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Leamington Spa station, which is around 3 miles away from the ground.
It is advised that the route to the ground is not particularly pedestrian friendly, so it may be worth getting a minibus that runs from the railway station to the ground and costs £3 or paying for a taxi.
Over 60's: £8
Students (with NUS card): £6
Under 18's: £3
Under 12's: FREE
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The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.
The commentary team is Ian Wilkinson, Mark Simpson & John Edwards.
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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.
Full-time at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium as Alty are beaten in disappointing fashion. Three first half goals for Leamington were enough to send Alty home empty-handed and their miserable day was compounded by the late dismissal of Jordan Hulme.
91' Thompson makes an excellent save from Gittings
Four added minutes to prolong the inevitable
89' John Johnston has a glorious chance and his effort rebounds back off the post to sum up Alty's day
88' Mikey Taylor comes on for Colby Bishop as the games plays out with little action of note
83' Wilding on for Edwards
80' Murphy is replaced by Connor Taylor
79' Murphy is booked for Leamington
78' Jordan Hulme has been sent off for an altercation
76' As Alty press, they get hit on the counter and Connor Hampson produces more heroics to deny a fourth for the hosts
74' Hancock's effort is deflected by Hood and out for a corner. Alty have been applying good pressure in the last 10-15 minutes but have not been able to fashion any great chances still
70' A shout for a handball in the Leamington box but the referee does not agree....Sean Williams shoot over the bar
68' Waterston comes on for Harrop after the latter's corner goes over everybody's heads
67' Sean Williams effort from range tests Breeden as Nathan Waterston is warming up and set to come on
65' There's little sense for optimism at the moment as the game is relatively flat right now
60' Confusion between Hampson and Thompson almost gifts Leamington a fourth but Hampson clears off the line
57' A long range effort from Jordan Hulme fails to trouble Breeden
54' Williams has come on for Richman
52' First booking of the match as Andy White is shown a yellow card
50' A well worked move for Alty as Harrop finds Johnston but his effort is off target as they have upped the tempo after play resumed
Within moments of the restart, Harrison and Hannigan collide and it is Tom Hannigan who has come off the worse for wear and needs attention with what appears to be a wrist injury as he fell awkwardly
SUB: Ben Harrison has come on for James Jones at HT
We are back underway to see if Alty can mount a heroic comeback with the wind behind their backs in this second half
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HT - Leamington 3-0 Alty - The referee blows the whistle....plenty of work for the Robins to do to get back into this game
44' GOAL - Leamington 3-0 Alty - Bishop climbs above Jones and scores his second and Leamington's third to deal Alty a hammer blow just before the break
43' Alty are trying to work their way back into the game and they have had more possession in the last five minutes but no real danger has been created
37' Leamington have another corner and the referee blows the whistle for a foul on an Altrincham player
36' JJ is back up and running and should be fine to continue now as Alty are under more pressure
33' Play resumes and John Johnston is down with an injury and requires attention
32' GOAL - Leamington 2-0 Alty - Colby Bishop converts from the spot past Thompson who gets a hand to it but cannot prevent the goal
31' Murphy goes past Hampson and drives into the box before being brought down by Hannigan. Penalty to Leamington
28' Another moment of danger and Edwards effort is cleared off the line by Andy White as Leamington come perilously close to scoring a second goal
26' JJ gets the ball out wide and produces a far post cross over the goalkeeper but there is nobody on the end of that one. Better from Alty though
24' Corner to Leamington and Junior English's effort goes over the bar
23' A slight lull in play as Leamington look increasingly comfortable and confident. The wind is against Alty in this first half and it will no doubt play a factor in the second
18' Good defending by Tom Hannigan denies Colby Bishop on another dangerous Leamington attack
17' That goal has given the hosts a boost in confidence as Alty try to work their way back into the match
13' GOAL - Leamington 1-0 Alty - The resulting corner sees Tony Thompson make a great save, but the ball is played back into the box and Junior English scores. Alty are behind after Leamington's first serious attack
12' Leamington's first real foray forward and Murphy's dangerous shot is deflected over the bar
11' Corner to Alty as Max Harrop's shot from the edge of the box is deflected out of play. John Johnston's corner is cleared and Leamington end up with a goal kick
8' Hampson makes one of his trademark runs down the left wing and cuts inside but his right-footed effort fails to trouble Breeden
6' Another corner for Alty comes to nothing
5' Andy White gets a cross in but a sliced clearance by a defender went back to the Leamington keeper Breeden and that could have gone anywhere. Alty clearly on the front foot here and dominating early proceedings
3' A corner to Alty which Max Harrop will take....and the cross is headed clear
A really bright opening by Alty after nice work by Hancock and Hulme, and that leads to John Johnston having an early effort that goes just over
We are underway!
So an unchanged starting line-up for the Robins but Nathan Waterston is on the bench after joining the club this week on loan from Barrow
Conditions in Warwickshire are somewhat blustery and windy today so that could well play a part in proceedings
Leamington subs: Connor Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Sam Wilding, Reece Flanagan, James Brown
Leamington XI: Tony Breeden; Junior English, Jamie Hood, James Mace, Jack Lane; Joe Clarke, Callum Gittings; Jordan Murphy, Jack Edwards, Ahmed Obeng; Colby Bishop
Alty subs: Kallum Mantack, Sean Williams, Nathan Waterston, Shaun Densmore, Ben Harrison
Alty XI: Tony Thompson; Andy White, James Jones, Tom Hannigan, Connor Hampson; Jake Moult, Simon Richman; John Johnston, Josh Hancock, Max Harrop; Jordan Hulme
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Welcome to matchday live and thanks for joining our coverage from the Phillips 66 Community Stadium as Alty make the trip to Leamington as they look to build on last week's win over Southport