Match Centre

2-0
Kettering Town (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 28th January 2020
National League North (Latimer Park)
Goals: Josh Hancock [34'] Jordan Hulme [44']
Attendance: 543
Referee: Mr Thomas Kirk
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
2 Shaun Densmore
73
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Craig Mahon
61
8 Josh Lundstram
9 Jordan Hulme
10 Josh Hancock
11 Tom Peers
Substitutes
Kettering Town
1 Paul White
2 Gary Stohrer
3 Matthew Taylor
4 Luke Graham (c)
5 Brett Solkhon
6 Jay Williams
7 Daniel Nti
8 Aaron O'Connor
60
9 Lindon Meikle
84
10 Ben Milnes
11 Jason Law
76
Substitutes
12 Tre Mitford
60
13 Jack Bennett
14 Michael McGrath
15 Michael Richens
76
16 Joel Carta
84
27 Jan 2020 by Andrew Flynn

Kettering Town (17th) vs Altrincham (8th)
Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 19:45

Match preview

Altrincham's 2-0 win over Bradford (Park Avenue) extended their home league unbeaten run to twelve games, but it's on the road where the Robins have found inconsistencies, so Tuesday night's trip to a much-improved Kettering Town promises to be another difficult assignment. 

For Alty, it was good to get that second half at Gateshead out of the system. After a busy news week for the club, Josh Hancock's goal inside the first minute of the game was somewhat of a statement - this was a side that wanted to get back to football.

In the post match interview, Assistant Manager Neil Sorvel looked ahead at another Tuesday night trip:

"On the road again, another long trip down to Kettering and they're one of the in form sides in the league. We saw them at Curzon [Ashton] just before Christmas and we know they're going to be a tough side to beat."

Stat attack: A fast start would buck the trend. Kettering have scored just 6 first half goals in 11 home games, while Alty have managed just 2 in 12 attempts on the road.

The Poppies are unbeaten in four at home and have completely turned their season around from November onward, coinciding with the appointment of new manager Paul Cox. After a dreadful start to the campaign they have lost just 3 of their last 15 games, most recently on Saturday when promotion hopefuls York City narrowly edged past them in a tight 1-0 encounter.

Kettering Town are old National League / then-Conference adversaries of the Robins; after losing their Rockingham Road ground in 2011 the Poppies went into administration during the 2011/12 season, they were subsequently demoted two divisions to the Southern Premier League, which they were then further relegated from in 2012/13. It has been quite the journey back from the Division One Central and fans of the club will be hoping they can reestablish themselves at National League North level before making a challenge for promotion once again.

Since Kettering lost their Rockingham Road Ground in 2011, the Club have led a bit of a nomadic existence, first playing at Nene Park, the former home of the now-defunct Rushden & Diamonds Football Club. Before moving onto Corby Town in 2012 and then moving to Burton Latimer in 2013, sharing with Burton Park Wanderers FC. Although basic Latimer Park has helped the Club get back nearer to their Kettering home (Burton Latimer is situated three miles south of Kettering Town Centre) and the Club are hoping to build a new stadium in Kettering itself.

The Club have purchased some suitable land off Scott Road in North Kettering, where they hope to build a new stadium. The Club have a lease on Latimer Park until 2042 and is believed that it would be retained for reserve and youth academy sides. If the new stadium does not happen then the Club would look to further develop Latimer Park.

Max Harrop is available for this match, having completed his 3 match suspension & Altrincham will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for former player, Jordan Sinnott, who tragically passed away on Saturday.

Last five games

Kettering Town: LDWWL (F5 A5)
Altrincham: WWDLW (F7 A4)

Last five league meetings

19/02/11 - Altrincham 3-2 Kettering Town
28/09/10 - Kettering Town 3-3 Altrincham
16/03/10 - Altrincham 2-0 Kettering Town
05/09/09 - Kettering Town 2-0 Altrincham
03/03/09 - Kettering Town 3-1 Altrincham

Match day information

Latimer Park, Powell Lane, Burton Latimer, Kettering, NN15 5PS
Parking is available at the ground. Football traffic should avoid using Station Road.
The closest railway station is Kettering, which is four miles from the ground.

Adults - £15
Concs - £10
Juniors - £5

Live coverage:

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

The match commentary sponsor is Barry Pond.

The commentary team is Laurence Howarth, Roger Booker & Brian Flynn

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the 5 following ways:

a) By visiting our MatchCentre: 2020/02/08 15:00 Kettering Town (Home) National League North

b) The Radio Robins website www.radiorobins.com. Open the page in any web browser and the broadcast should start automatically.

c) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

d) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

e) There is a temporary WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobin

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Altrincham's next game is against AFC Telford United away from home on Saturday - kick-off at 3pm.
Full-time | Kettering Town 0-2 Altrincham | A deserved win for the Robins moves Phil Parkinson's side up to sixth in the table |
Three minutes added time.
CHANCE | Alty almost ass their third through Lundstrum - Walters with a good run and cross, is flicked on by Hancock to Lundstrum. His effort goes just over (85 minutes)
Kettering substitution | Meikle is replaced by Carta (84 minutes)
Kettering substitution | Law is off for Richens (76 minutes)
Altrincham substitution | Mullarkey comes on for Densmore (73 minutes)
Altrincham substitution | Mahon makes way for Walters (61 minutes)
Kettering substitution | O'Connor is replaced by Mitford (60 minutes)
Kettering get the second-half underway.
Half-time | Kettering Town 0-2 Altincham | The Robins take a good lead into the break, despite some significant chances from the home side |
One minute added time.
GOAL | Alty have their second a Mahon corner meets the head of Jones which looked like it was flicked in by Hulme (44 minutes)
GOAL | What a strike from Hancock! The Alty number 10 curls the ball with his left-foot around White in Kettering's goal (33 minutes)
CHANCE | The hosts have their first chance of the half - Meikle's effort goes just wide of Thompson's goal (32 minutes)
CHANCE | Peers finds space and shoots from range - his effort bobbles and goes wide (18 minutes)
CHANCE | Alty go close to taking the lead - a pass finds Hulme, who plays through Moult, the Alty captain flashes the ball across goal but no one can get on the end of it (15 minutes)
Moult gets the game underway.
Kettering substitutes | Mitford, Bennett, McGrath, Richens, Carta |
Kettering starting XI | White, Stohrer, Taylor, Graham (C), Solkhon, Williams, Nti, O'Connor, Meikle, Milnes, Law |
Altrincham substitutes | Harrop, Wall, Walters, Mullarkey, Torrance |
Altrincham starting XI | Thompson, Densmore, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult (C), Mahon, Lundstram, Hulme, Hancock, Peers |
02:00PM: Match on! The pitch has passed the second inspection and it's all go for tonight's game at Kettering Town.
10:05AM: After today's 10:00am pitch inspection the pitch has been passed fit to play, but there will be another precautionary inspection at 2:30pm.
09:30AM: Awaiting the outcome of this morning's pitch inspection, which is due to take place at 10:00AM. We are told the weather is much clearer down in Kettering than it is in snowy Altrincham! We are hopeful.
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