AFC Telford United (13th) vs Altrincham (6th)
Vanarama National League North
Saturday, 1st February 2020 - 15:00
Alty's precarious away form has taken a very positive turn of late and the Robins will be hoping for this to continue when they travel to the New Bucks Head on Saturday afternoon.
A repeat of Tuesday night's performance at Kettering Town would fit the bill perfectly, especially as Phil Parkinson's side had to adapt their usual game to suit the conditions underfoot.
The professional manner of the victory is something that Alty will be eager to carry into Saturday. Josh Hancock conjured a moment of magic from nothing to put Alty ahead, before Jordan Hulme helped a Tom Hannigan effort home to put the Robins in a comfortable position by half time.
Telford had high hopes for the season but find themselves in 13th place. Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over Blyth Spartans will have been most welcome as it stopped a 4 game run without a victory.
Of course this game is particularly interesting because it is followed up by a reverse fixture at the J. Davidson Stadium this coming Tuesday night. For Alty, three points would further cement their claim on a play-off spot whilst for Telford, a victory is an absolute essential if they are to have any hope of salvaging their pre-season expectations.
AFC Telford United: DLLDW (F6 A7)
Altrincham: WDLWW (F8 A4)
09/04/19 - AFC Telford United 1-1 Altrincham
08/12/18 - Altrincham 3-1 AFC Telford United
04/03/17 - AFC Telford United 1-0 Altrincham
22/10/16 - Altrincham 0-2 AFC Telford United
18/04/15 - Altrincham 1-2 AFC Telford United
There will be be segregation in place for this match.
Altrincham Supporters will be housed in the Frank Nagington Stand, which is where we have been located in each of our 3 previous visits to the New Bucks Head.
Tickets are available in advance via Telford's online ticket system. Supporters are advised to buy in advance.
Please click here to purchase your tickets afctelfordunited.ticketco.events
Admission Prices are:
Adults - £14.00,
Concessions - £10.00 (Over 60), 16-19 - £5, Under 16s £1.
Supporters with Disabilities
Supporters with disabilities will enter through the Assisted Entrance gate (next to the Club Shop) and will pay the Concession Rate, with their carer admitted free of charge. Telford have a designated Carer’s Champion, who will be on hand for any travelling fans with disability that require any assistance. Please ask them to contact a Steward at the game.
Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts pm
The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.
The commentary team is Ian Wilkinson, Mark Simpson & Brian Flynn
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AFC Telford United 2 Altrincham 2
Vanarama National League North
Saturday February 1st 2020 @ 3pm.
AFC Telford United: Luyambula, Birch, White, Deeney, Sutton (c), Lilly, Barnett, Walker, Stenson (McQuilkin 79), Williams, Daniels.
Unused substitutes: Streete, Royle, Knights, Dinanga.
Scorer: Daniels (5,75).
Cautions: Lilly, Walker, Daniels.
Altrincham: Thompson, Densmore, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult (c), Mahon (Richman 79), Lundstram (Harrop 64), Hulme, Hancock, Peers (Walters 20).
Unused substitutes: Wall, Mullarkey.
Scorer: Walters (68), Jones (84).
Cautions: Densmore, Hannigan.
Referee: Matt Corlett.
Assistants: Adam Davies, Ravel Cheosiaua.
Attendance: 1159 (151 from Altrincham).
Altrincham continued their excellent run of form, coming back from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw in an entertaining encounter at the New Bucks Head.
Telford opened the scoring with a very fortunate goal in the 5th minute after Jake Moult fouled Ryan Barnett on the edge of the penalty area 12 yards from the byline. Brendon Daniels’s free kick bounced off the chest of Craig Mahon & the former Alty loanee volleyed the rebound hopefully high towards the six yard box & will have been as surprised as everyone else in the ground to see it drift over the bamboozled Tony Thompson just under the bar & into the far corner.
Josh Hancock almost equalised minutes later with a stunning free kick that curled over the Telford wall & onto the face of the post.
The Robins dominated possession & territory with Craig Mahon pulling the strings, playing a slightly deeper number 10 role, behind Hancock, who latched onto an excellent ball from Josh Londstram, midway through the half before his well struck shot deflected into the side netting for a corner.
There was yet another first half injury blow for Alty as Tom Peers limped off with a foot/ankle injury, to be replaced by Lewis Walters.
Gavin Cowan’s side seemed content for Alty to dominate possession & try to counterpunch & went close to doubling their advantage as Ryan Garnett’s angled shot brought a good save from Tony Thompson.
The home side were a little more progressive after the interval but it was the substitute Walters, who struck his first goal for Alty in the 68th minute, cleverly running on to a slide rule pass from Craig Mahon, that bisected 2 Telford defenders, before providing a deft finish, sliding the ball past the onrushing debutant keeper Michael Luyambula.
The Lillywhites responded & Tony Thompson produced the save of the game to deny a Ryan Barnett volley, before Daniels put Telford back in front with an audacious 30 yard free kick that dipped & swerved viciously, clearing Thompson & nestling high, just inside the Alty keeper’s left hand post.
Alty had only been level for 7 minutes & it was a very bitter pill to swallow, but James Jones spotted Luyambula on the edge of his 6 yard box & executed a 30 yard chip that exposed the keeper’s poor positioning perfectly & the Birmingham loanee could only watch in horror as the ball looped over his flailing hands & sailed under the bar.
The Robins finished the game on the rampage & substitute, Simon Richman, saw his left foot shot from just inside the area take a slight deflection just wide of the post for a corner, before Jordan Hulme delivered a perfect ball to Josh Hancock, whose downward header was clawed away by Luyambula & Jake Moult was inches away from converting the rebound as 2 Telford defenders somehow prevented the ball crossing the line.