Match Centre

1-1
Chester (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 6th August 2019
National League North (Swansway Chester Stadium)
Goals: Danny Livesey [11' og]
Goals (Opponent): Gary Roberts [93']
Attendance: 2153
Referee: Mr R. Holmes
Altrincham
1 Steven Drench
2 Andy White
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Conor Branson
7 John Johnston
8 Sean Williams
9 Jordan Hulme
10 Max Harrop
88
11 Lewis Walters
70
Substitutes
70
Chester
1 Russell Griffiths
2 Kevin Roberts
3 Joel Taylor
4 Gary Roberts
5 Danny Livesey
6 Simon Grand
7 Bradley Jackson
8 Gary Stopforth
9 George Waring
10 Danny Elliott
61
11 Anthony Dudley
90+6
Substitutes
12 Scott Burton
90+6
13 Theo Roberts
14 Jamie Morgan
15 Matty Waters
16 Craig Mahon
61
05 Aug 2019 by Andy Phillips

ALTRINCHAM will look to bounce back from their opening day defeat to York City when they make the trip to Chester on Tuesday night (7:45PM).

The Robins will be pleased that they have a game to focus on quickly after York came back from 1-0 down to claim a 3-1 victory at the weekend.

Manager Phil Parkinson will have to decide if he wants to make changes to the side or stick with the eleven that were solid for most of the first half against the Minstermen.

Chester picked up a good point away at Boston United in their opener, so will be looking to add to that in front of their home faithful. 

Last time out:

The clubs last met in March when Altrincham came away with an impressive 4-0 victory at the J. Davidson Stadium. 

Second half goals from Joe Pigott, Josh Hancock (2) and John Johnston were the difference on the day.

The visitors were also reduced to 10 men when Scott Burton was sent off.

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The Red Insure Stand and Swettenham Chemists Community Stand (Seating)

Adult £15

Concessions - £12

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5-17 - £3

Under 5's - FREE

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Coverage:

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07 Aug 2019 by John Edwards

*Action man .. Lewis Walters impressed with his non-stop running and tracking back on the left flank. Picture by Michael Ripley.

This is an extended version of an article press and media officer John Edwards submitted for inclusion in this week's Sale and Altrincham Messenger.

Phil Parkinson struggled to contain his frustration after Chester escaped two possible red cards and denied Altrincham their first win of the season with a deflected equaliser four minutes into stoppage time at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday night.

Striker George Waring was fortunate not to be shown a second yellow after catching Tom Hannigan with a high boot early in the second half, while referee Richard Holmes appeared to reach for his pocket then change his mind after the already-booked Simon Grand committed another foul soon after.

A deflected 20-yard shot that left keeper Steven Drench wrong-footed added insult to injury for Parkinson, just as it seemed an early own goal would prove enough to reward Alty's defensive discipline with all three points.

'It was a bitter pill to swallow, coming in the 94th minute, especially another deflected goal,' said the Alty boss, whose side opened their campaign with a 3-1 home defeat to York City last Saturday. 'If that shot goes straight through, Drenchy saves it. We are disappointed, but we would probably have taken a draw at the outset, just to get the season up and running.

'The defensive discipline we showed was great, but I just think we're not quite clicking yet. There were a few sparks pre-season I was really happy with, but we just look a little bit disjointed on the ball at the moment. We're playing some great stuff at times but then making decisions we don't normally do.

'We knew exactly what Chester were going to do. They have their way of playing, getting it in to their big man up front, but we coped with that all night long, until a deflection four minutes into added time let them back in it. It wasn't a bad point, when you consider they are full time outfit under a management team who have won this league with Salford City. I think our fans needed to see we can come to a place like this and get something.

'Our defensive resilience was really tested, and we stood up to it. Everyone contributed to that. I thought the team as a whole defended as if their lives depended on it. We defended resolutely, and, at times, played some nice football. Our goal was an example of that. It was a great bit of interplay between Andy White and John Johnston and a dangerous early cross from JJ that I thought Jordan Hulme had knocked in.

'It turns out it was one of their defenders, but that's only because Jordan was right there with him, applying pressure. It was a great bit of play. That is us. There were flashes of it on the night, but not as much as we are capable of. There is far more to come from us, and we will get there.

'It was a fiercely-fought game, with no quarter given, but I have to say I was just baffled a little bit by some of the decisions that were made. I felt Chester were very fortunate not to have ended the game with nine men. I can't understand how some yellow cards were given out, yet two of their players managed to stay on the pitch for similar offences after already being booked, especially when you look at Sean Williams' second yellow against York.

'It's the inconsistency that astounds me. You try to keep the players calm and doing the right things, but they are going to get very frustrated when they see inconsistent officiating.'

Parkinson sprang to the defence of Nathan Arnold, who missed the game through illness, and backed him to come good in Alty colours.

'Nathan has had an unfortunate start to the season, because he has had a few little muscular pulls as well as this illness,' he said. 'Jordan Hulme was ill before the game as well, and was touch and go. Not that you would have known from the way he played - I thought he was superb.

'Nathan should be all right for Saturday, but he needs to be able to train on Thursday. I think that's why he was slightly off it last Saturday, but, as I've said before, he is going to get into positions like he did against York, when he could have won the game for us, with the chances he had. He is going to be that player, a Johnny-on-the-spot who will get you something out of nothing.

'He might not always be the one who catches the eye, but we're hoping that's what he can deliver for us. He wasn't quite at it Saturday, but he hadn't trained during the week, and that affected his performance. Hopefully he will be right for Thursday and then the Gloucester game.'

Full-time - Chester 1-1 Altrincham - Heartbreak for the Robins who concede an unfortunate long range, deflected effort which gave Steven Drench no chance. Possibly a fair result overall, but tough to take in the circumstances. On to Gloucester City on Saturday now.
96' Burton on for Dudley for Chester
93' Chester 1-1 Altrincham - Gary Roberts grabs a last gasp equaliser with a long range deflected effort
5 added minutes!
88' Mullarkey comes on for Harrop as Phil Parkinson adds some aerial strength to cope with the inevitable late bombardment
Whisper is quietly but Chester have not tested Steven Drench for some time now, but Alty remain under pressure
84' Andy White is next to go in the book
Chester are piling the pressure on with more aerial balls from open play and set pieces. Alty are standing firm for now
78' Max Harrop goes in the book for tripping Gary Roberts
Back-to-back corners for Alty but they cannot fashion a chance. Phil Parkinson would desperately love a second goal here
Harrop picks up a loose ball after Chester's full-back Taylor gives the ball away and his effort is deflected narrowly wide
70' Walters is coming off after picking up a knock so Tom Peers comes on
Great defending by Tom Hannigan as he helps thwart a moment of danger before Dudley can take a shot
67' Dudley shoots from 25 yards out but he fires wide after good work by Grand
More great play by Walters who is enjoying an excellent game. He jinked in and out, and is eventually brought down to earn a free kick. The resulting free kick is cleared by Livesey
62' Chester bring Mahon on for Elliott
Alty fire back immediately with a corner of their own and a bright moment by Lewis Walters who is proving to be a thorn in Chester's side
56' Superb save by Drench to keep Alty level. Jackson received the ball back after a neat one-two with Dudley but Drench gets down well and makes a fabulous save
Anthony Dudley is looking much more dangerous in this second half and he is getting involved in the play......no doubt a result of a stern half-time team talk. Chester are getting greater control of the game
Nice play by Jordan Hulme as he continues to hurry and harass the Chester defenders, and he leads an attack which ultimately fizzles. That type of play is going to be vital in easing the pressure on Alty's defenders in this second half
A moment of danger in the Alty box, but the referee blows the whistle for a foul after Hannigan's clearance had fallen to Elliott but there was a hand involved and Alty have a free kick
No changes for either team and Alty get us under way!
Half-time - Chester 0-1 Altrincham. Phil Parkinson will be happy with the performance from his men, but they will expect a reaction from Chester in this second half
Sarcastic applause by the Chester fans after they are awarded a free kick. Chester then gain a corner.......which sales over the players in the middle and a free kick is awarded for an infringement by Waring
There will be 2 additional minutes of play
The attendance is announced as 2153
Chester are growing frustrated as the half wears on
42' A really nice move by Alty sees Walters curl the cross into the Chester keepers' arms but that was a good opening for the Robins
38' A bright counter by Chester is thwarted by Sean Williams' great tracking back. The resulting corner comes to nothing
36' Booking for Grand following his rash tackle on Max Harrop
Chester's long ball approach not easy for their own players to deal with due to the wind but it is also causing the Alty backline some consternation and will likely continue to do so as the game goes on
27' Dudley shoots wide from a moment of danger as the ball falls to him after some good play on the right by Elliott, but he cannot find the target. A warning sign for Alty
Both teams are trying to get a foothold in the game but it remains fiercely competitive with neither team able to take control of possession. The blustery conditions are not helping either team with their passing right now
19' It is Danny Elliott once again who is the threat for the home sie and his dipping effort forces a save form Drench but he holds it comfortably
17' Connor Hampson is shown the yellow card for fouling Jackson
The game has opened up since the goal and that may suit Alty in many ways. JJ is looking a major threat down the right wing
14' Corner to Alty! JJ crosses the ball, it comes out to Andy White who lets fly, but his the Chester defender blocks his 30-yard effort
The goal has come somewhat against the run of play as Chester have enjoyed the better start and more of the possession but JJ provided the moment of danger and put the Chester defender in a difficult situation, and it paid off for Alty
11' GOAL! Alty go ahead following some great play by Johnny Johnston down the right and his low drilled ball into the box is turned into his own goal by Livesey!
4' Early effort for Chester as Elliott shoots from outside the box but his effort is straight at Alty stopper Steven Drench
Within seconds, Waring crunches into skipper Connor Hampson and earns a booking. Hampson is down requiring treatment for a facial injury
And off we go....Chester kick off.....
He is not in the 16-man squad tonight but Jake Moult has been involved in the running drills which is great news for Phil Parkinson's men
George Waring will be one of the men to watch for Chester tonight. The big targetman was a major threat at the weekend and he helped himself to a goal and the Robins' backline will have to keep a close eye on him tonight
One change for Alty as Lewis Walters comes in for Nathan Arnold who is ill while Chester are unchanged from their opening match
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