Altrincham 10th vs Bradford (Park Avenue) 22nd
Vanarama National League North
Saturday 25th January 2020, 15:00
Altrincham’s defeat at the Horsfall Stadium back in December was the catalyst for a fantastic run of unbeaten league form that, unfortunately, ended in defeat at Gateshead last Saturday afternoon. Fully rested following a rare midweek without a game, the Robins will be looking to use this fixture to spark a similar streak - beginning with a win this time, preferably!
The last meeting wasn’t Alty’s finest hour-and-a-half by any stretch of the imagination. A week on from that valiant effort at Fratton Park, Phil Parkinson’s men were admittedly well below their usual standard as they struggled to get to grips with the conditions.
Following the game, Neil Sorvel said:
“It was, possibly, as poorly as we have played in the 3 seasons that we have been at the club. We didn’t create enough and in this brutal league anyone can beat you if you are not somewhere near the top of your game.”
Moving on to tomorrow, then, and a game where anything less than three points would surely be a huge disappointment. Not only will Alty be looking to put that defeat right, but failure to win could have big implications in the hunt for play-off football.
It is imperative that the boys in red and white keep pace with the likes of Spennymoor Town (home to Leamington), Gateshead (away at Alfreton Town) and Guiseley (away at Brackley Town.)
This game comes just 24 hours after the signing of Craig Mahon from Chester, which came as part of a deal that saw John Johnston move to the Cestrians for a substantial fee. The transfer is subject to confirmation from the FA and the National League, so it remains to be seen whether Mahon will feature. The Robins will be without Simon Richman (hamstring) & Max Harrop, who completes the 3rd of his 3 match suspension, although it is expected that Tom Peers will be available again.
Altrincham: WWWDL (F7 A5)
Bradford (Park Avenue: LLLDL (F4 A12)
07/12/19 - Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-0 Altrincham
16/02/19 - Altrincham 1-1 Bradford (Park Avenue)
15/09/18 - Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-3 Altrincham
25/03/17 - Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-1 Altrincham
25/10/16 - Altrincham 2-3 Bradford (Park Avenue)
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Inspired by this month's Veganuary activities the catering team at Altrincham FC have launched a trial of 3 vegan pies, ordered in from our match day pie supplier Wrights Pies.
The trial begins this Saturday, and you can read more about this here.
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ALTRINCHAM (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Shaun DENSMORE, 3. Andy WHITE, 4. James JONES, 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 7. Luke WALL, 8. Josh LUNDSTRAM, 9. Jordan HULME, 10. Josh HANCOCK, 11. Tom PEERS. Subs: 12. Craig MAHON, 14. Lewis WALTERS, 15. Connor HAMPSON, 16. Toby MULLARKEY, 17. Joel TORRANCE.
BRADFORD PARK AVENUE (Green shirts, white shorts, white socks): 1. Tom NICHOLSON, 2. Ryan TOULSON, 3. Stelios DEMETRIOU, 4. Jake HIBBS, 5. Liam HUGHES, 6. Billy PRIESTLEY, 7. Ryan HALL, 8. Lewis KNIGHT, 9. Oli JOHNSON, 10. Alex HURST, 11. Nicky CLEE (c). Subs 13. Joe GREEN, 14. Mitch LUNA, 16. Tom CLARE, 17. Adam NOWAKOWSKI
After a defeat away to Gateshead last week ended their impressive 7 game unbeaten run, Altrincham were keen to get back to winning ways at the J Davidson Stadium. Fortunately, the Robins cruised to victory against a fairly tame Bradford Park Avenue side.
Within 38 seconds the Robins had the lead. Josh Hancock burst into the box to tap Jordan Hulme’s low cross into an empty net after some poor defending from Bradford.
Other than that, the opening of the game was fairly dull, with neither team creating any real chances. Shaun Densmore had slipped Hulme into the box with a stunning lofted pass, but the forward’s poor shot looped straight into Tom Nicholson’s grateful arms.
In the 27th minute, Josh Hancock played a great ball into Tom Peers, but he couldn’t get his feet sorted out in time and another opportunity went begging.
Bradford started to threaten Thompson’s goal as well- Ryan Hall put a great ball into the Alty box, but it was cut out brilliantly by James Jones. Shortly after, Andy White was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Connor Hampson.
A few minutes after his great clearance at one end, Jones netted in the other. Hulme put another promising ball into the box, and the 6’3 centre back rose like a salmon to head past Nicholson.
Just before the interval, Bradford captain Nicky Clee launched an outrageous long range shot towards goal. Thankfully for The Robins, the ball just whistled past Tony Thompson’s left-hand post.
Altrincham started the second half on the front foot. In the 53rd minute, Densmore clipped a great cross into Jordan Hulme, but he let the ball slip away from him. Shortly after, another ball from Densmore reached Luke Wall, but his shot bounced wide.
Bradford had their most dangerous chance of the game just after the hour mark. A cross from Bradford’s fast and nippy midfielder, Alex Hurst, took a fortunate deflection off Shaun Densmore, sending It goal bound. Tony Thompson had to react quickly to palm it away after not having been tested properly so far.
Hancock came close to making it 3-0 ten minutes from full time. Hulme made a great run down the left flank and played him in at the edge of the box, but his powerful shot was beaten away well by the keeper.
Moments after, Nicholson was called into action again to push home debutant Josh Lundstram’s shot over the bar and close out the last attack of the game.
The game ended in a comfortable 2-0 win to Altrincham. They’ll be looking to keep up momentum when they visit 17th placed Kettering Town on Tuesday.