Match Centre

Spennymoor Town (H)
19:45 - Tuesday 19th February 2019
National League North (The J.Davidson Stadium)
Goals (Opponent): Mark Anderson [38'] Robert Ramshaw [63']
Attendance: 696
Referee: TBC
1 Steven Drench
2 Andy White
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 John Johnston
8 Sean Williams
10 Josh Hancock
66, 80
Spennymoor Town
1 Matthew Gould
2 Callum Williams
3 Scott Harrison
4 James Curtis
5 Stephen Brogan
6 Jamie Chandler
7 Shane Henry
8 Robert Ramshaw
9 Glen Taylor
10 Andrew Johnson
11 Mark Anderson
12 Kris Thackray
13 Christopher Elliott
14 Ryan Hall
15 Liam Agnew
16 Adam Boyes
19 Feb 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTY host Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night (7:45pm) at The J.Davidson Stadium as they look to pick up an important three points in their play-off hunt.

The Robins were denied a victory by Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Danny East just six minutes from time after Josh Hancock had opened the scoring in the first half at the weekend, and they will now be looking for a victory to keep themselves ahead of the chasing pack.

However, it will be another tough test against a Spennymoor side that have exceeded all expectations so far this campaign and find themselves in third place heading into the game.

It is only the second season that the club have spent at National League North level and boss Jason Ainsley, who has been in charge since 2006, has made a name for himself with his side proving to be effective at both the attacking and defensive sides of the game.

Spennymoor picked up a 2-0 victory at Nuneaton Borough at the weekend thanks to late goals with Glen Taylor and Mark Anderson, and with two games in hand on top of the table Chorley, they are still in with a shout of automatic promotion.

Last time out:

The two sides last met in a thrilling 4-4 draw back in August, and if the game is anything like that one then the fans are in for a treat.

Alty went in the lead three times in that game but were pegged back constantly by a Spennymoor side that refused to be beaten.

Andy White, James Jones and Josh Hancock (2) were the scorers for the Robins that day, with Mark Anderson, Adam Boyes, Shane Henry and a late equaliser from Glen Taylor seeing Spennymoor earn a draw.

As you will see below Through The Years, Alty have won their last four matches on February 19th so let's hope that is a positive omen ahead of the game.

Admission prices:

Adults £13

Concessions (65+, Students) £10

Juniors (12-16) £5

Under 12s £1

Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 19th February

1910 Hooley Hill A ML D 1-1
1916 Atherton A LC L 0-3
1921 Chester H CCL W 1-0
1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves H CCL D 3-3
1935 Stalybridge Celtic A CCLC W 2-1
1938 Crewe Alexandra Reserves A CSC L 0-5
1947 Barnton A CSC L 1-2
1949 Runcorn A CCL W 2-0
1966 Lostock Gralam H CSC W 3-0
1972 Sandbach Ramblers A CSC L 1-2
1973 Northwich Victoria A NWFL L 1-3
1977 Runcorn H NPL L 0-2
1980 Barnet A APLC W 1-0
1983 Stafford Rangers H APL W 4-0
1986 Runcorn A CSC D 0-0
1994 Bath City A GMVC W 1-0
2000 Woking A NC W 1-0
2005 Kettering Town A NCN W 1-0
2011 Kettering Town H BSP W 3-2


Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 7.30pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.

The commentators are Alex Sarwar and Brian Flynn while the match summariser is 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 'Spennymoor' match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play

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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.

20 Feb 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTRINCHAM went down 2-0 to Spennymoor Town at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night in the National League North.

Goals either side of the break from Mark Anderson and Robert Ramshaw were the difference, as the visitors moved within four points of top of the table Chorley at the end of play.  

It was always going to be a difficult game for the Robins but they started with some promise and created the first chance of the game around five minutes in when on loan-striker Joe Piggott forced a save out of opposition goalkeeper Gould.

There was then a big penalty shout several minutes later when Tom Hannigan was shoved to the floor by a Spennymoor defender but the referee waved away any protests.

The Robins were beginning to get on the front foot in the first half and Andy White's shot went narrowly wide of the far post, whilst Josh Hancock also forced a save out of Gould in the Spennymoor goal as Phil Parkinson's men looked like they were showing some promise.

Despite that, it was the visitors that were to take the lead against the run of play with 38 minutes on the clock when Spennymoor's Anderson was found in space around 25 yards out and he fired past Drench brilliantly to open the scoring.

The visitors came close to a second goal just on half-time when Taylor scored past Drench but was adjudged to be offside.

Despite that let off, Parkinson's men went in at the break quite unfortunate to be 1-0 down and had shown enough to believe that they had a chance of getting back into the game in the second period.

The first big chance of the second half came when Piggott's shot took a big deflection off a Spennymoor defender and cannoned off the crossbar.

The game began to open up as Altrincham looked to push for an equaliser, but it was the visitors that were to take advantage of that on 63 minutes.

The Robins gave away the ball and Anderson played in Ramshaw, who coolly slotted past Drench to leave the side with a mountain to climb.

Despite plenty of effort, it proved to be an uphill struggle for Altrincham and chances suddenly became a rarity as Spennymoor defended well to keep their lead.

Max Harrop was forced off with an injury ten minutes from time and boss Phil Parkinson will be hoping that it isn't too much to worry about as the season reaches an important stage.

Four minutes of added time were signalled but the Robins were unable to fashion a clear-cut opportunity and so it was the visitors that came away with all three points.

The side will now look to bounce back when they make the trip to Curzon Ashton (3pm) on Saturday afternoon.

FT - Alty come unstuck at home as Spennymoor hit the Robins with a sucker punch in the first half when Alty were on top, and a second just after the hour mark sealed the win. Thank you for reading and on to Curzon Ashton on Saturday now.
Four added minutes.....can Alty find one to spark some nervousness among the Spennymoor ranks?
88' Taylor is replaced by Boyes
The play has been disrupted in the last 10-15 minutes and that has subsequently disrupted Alty's flow as Spennymoor look increasingly comfortable
80' Harrop has to go off injured and Simon Richman replaces him.....Agnew on for Johnson for Spennymoor
78' Taylor booked for the visitors
75' Hall comes on for Anderson for the visitors
There is no shortage of effort from the Robins but Spennymoor are able to control the game right now
73' Mason Fawns comes on for Josh Hancock
Alty have a moment of danger as Hancock tries to get an effort on goal but the visitors remain a threat at the other'll be no surprise if there are more goals here
66' Max Harrop comes on for Sean Williams as Parky makes the first change
Alty 0-2 Spennymoor - Ramshaw doubles the visitors advantage as they recover the ball in a dangerous position and Ramshaw is fed clean through by Anderson and he coolly slots home with his left foot on 63'
Yellow card for Sean Williams
This match has been relatively open throughout but the game is showing increasing signs of opening up at both ends of the pitch as Alty strive to find an equaliser
REMEMBER! Click the Radio Robins tab and click play, and then click back to matchday live and follow written updates there also!
A looping effort by Piggott looks to take a deflection from the defender and it hits the crossbar as Alty are frustrated by the woodwork this time
The attendance has been announced as 696. Thanks for your support as always on what is a fairly miserable rainy evening
JJ drives forward but refuses to shoot on his left and as he cuts back to his right, he is dispossessed and the chance goes away
The second half is underway and there is a real sense that this is a vital 45 minutes in both teams' seasons
On the stroke of half-time, a potential second for Taylor of the visitors has been ruled out for offside.....phew.....and the referee blows the HT whistle
One added minute
The game has quietened down a little since the goal as Spennymoor have grown in confidence and Alty's confidence has been knocked a touch but we continue to try work our way back into the game
Even the visitors' media team here accept they've been second best so far yet they are somehow leading this game
Alty are looking to hit back immediately and Josh Hancock has an effort blocked
GOAL: Alty 0-1 Spennymoor - and just like that, Spennymoor have taken the lead thanks to Anderson's 25-yard strike that gave Drench no chance on 38 mins
Another corner to Alty thanks to JJ's good run but that one comes to nothing.....we remain on the front foot however
Yet more good play by Alty who are pinning the visitors back and Piggott earns a free kick on the edge of the box but the resulting free kick from Connor Hampson is straight at Gould......plenty of positive signs for the Robins however
Alty have another effort at goal as Josh Hancock has an effort from the edge of the area but Spennymoor's keeper Gould collects comfortably
An effort from long range by Andy White, who is back in the team this evening, goes narrowly wide of the left post
Alty are enjoying increasingly more possession as they are doing a good job out of possession and are winning the ball back well
17' A chance for the visitors as Taylor heads the cross from Williams over the bar
Corner to Alty which Johnston takes.....Hannigan is given a shove by a Spennymoor defender but the referee waves away Alty's strong claims for a penalty
Another bright moment from Ceesay who looks a threat down the left and his unpredictability is causing concern to the Spennymoor defence
The first corner of the game is awarded to Spennymoor....and Brogan's decent corner comes to nothing
5' First effort on goal falls to Alty as Piggott draws a save from Gould from a tight angle
Light rain falls at The J.Davidson as Ceesay makes the first real foray forward and whips a dangerous cross which is cleared before Piggott can get on the end of it
And off we go!
Goals are surely on the cards this evening with Spennymoor the second topscorers and Alty being joint-third.......kick off approaches
Alty subs: Harrop, Richman, Fawns, Densmore, Thompson
Alty XI: Drench; White, Jones, Hannigan, Hampson; Moult, Williams; Johnston, Hancock, Ceesay; Piggott
Spennymoor subs: Thackray, Elliott, Hall, Agnew, Boyes
Spennymoor XI: Gould; Williams, Harrison, Curtis, Brogan; Chandler, Ramshaw, Henry; Johnson, Taylor, Anderson
Forget the Champions League, The J.Davidson Stadium is where it is at tonight for a crunch game between Alty and Spennymoor - two teams vying for promotion! The reverse fixture was a classic 4-4 draw and this one promises to be another highly entertaining game. Team news will follow shortly!
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