Match Centre

1-2
Portsmouth (A)
15:00 - Saturday 30th November 2019
FA Cup (Fratton Park)
Goals: Josh Hancock [83' pen]
Goals (Opponent): Ben Close [56'] Brett Pitman [90+4']
Attendance: 8539
Referee: Tom Nield
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
2 Shaun Densmore
3 Andy White
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 John Johnston
88
8 Sean Williams
84
9 Jordan Hulme
10 Josh Hancock
11 Tom Peers
80
Substitutes
80
Portsmouth
1 Craig MacGillivray
38 Brandon Haunstrup
6 Christian Burgess
9 Oli Hawkins
3 Lee Brown (c)
2 Anton Walkes
10 John Marquis
45
33 Ben Close
11 Ronan Curtis
45
19 Marcus Harness
22 Ellis Harrison
Substitutes
33 Alex Bass
13 James Bolton
14 Andrew Cannon
20 Sean Raggett
26 Gareth Evans
8 Brett Pitman
45
7 Ryan Williams
45
30 Nov 2019 by Andy Phillips

Altrincham travelled to Portsmouth yesterday afternoon, aiming to cause a huge upset at Fratton Park.

Robins fans, players and staff will be dreaming of a plum tie in the third round against one of the big boys in the Premier League or the Championship, but to get that far they must first pull off a giantkilling against the League One side and former winners of the competition.

Kenny Jackett's side are currently 10th in League One and had a mixed start to the season but have only lost once since October and their 3-2 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday night meant they have won four on the bounce in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last ten games.

It is only just over a decade since Pompey won the FA Cup with a Nwankwo Kanu goal defeating Cardiff City in the Final at Wembley but a difficult few years followed as financial issues saw the club relegated to League Two.

However, the club were promoted to League One in 2017 and reached the play-offs last season so things are looking up for Jackett's side.

Robins manager Phil Parkinson will know it will be a tough ask to defeat a side three leagues above them in the football pyramid, but stranger things have happened and the unbeaten run of 10 games will certainly give the side more confidence ahead of the trip to Fratton Park.

Supporter information

Supporters not taking one of the official supporters coaches have a number of ways they can get to Fratton Park.

Those making the long drive should make note of the postcode PO4 8RA. The quickest route is to go via the A34, with more time on the motorway spent on the M40.

Anyone going via rail will be able to get there via London, getting the train to Piccadilly/Stockport to London Euston and getting the Victoria line to London Victoria, where they can catch a short train to Clapham Junction and finally a train from Clapham to Portsmouth Harbour. They should get off at Fratton, which is roughly a 10 minute walk to the ground.

Admission prices

Adult - £15

Senior (65+) - £10

Young Person (18-22) - £10

Wheelchair/Ambulant - £10

Junior (17 and under) - £5

Through The Years by Mike Garnett

1912

St. Helens Town

H

LC1

W

5-0

1929

Chester

A

CCL

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2-13

1935

Buxton

A

CCL

D

1-1

1946

Mossley

H

CCL

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6-3

1957

Stalyridge Celtic

A

CCL

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3-1

1963

Tranmere Rovers Reserves

H

CCL

L

0-3

1968

Scarborough

A

NPL

W

1-0

1974

Runcorn

H

FAT

2Q/3r

W

2-0

1985

Enfield

A

GL

D

1-1

1991

Merthyr Tydfil

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GMVC

D

1-1

1993

Macclesfield Town

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CSC

2

L

0-1

1996

Woking

A

GMVC

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1-7

1999

Nuneaton Borough

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NC

D

2-2

2002

Bradford Park Avenue

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FAT

2

W

1-0

2004

Gainsborough Trinity

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FAT

2/r

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1-0

2013

Leek Town

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FAT

1

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1-2

Coverage:

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06 Dec 2019 by Dan Connor

A heartbreaking last-minute goal from Brett Pitman denied Altrincham the chance of progressing further into this year’s Emirates FA Cup as Portsmouth ran out 2-1 victors. 

Despite an inspiring performance and relentless effort from Phil Parkinson's men, it simply wasn’t meant to be. An unstoppable strike from Ben Close and Pitman’s stoppage time header were enough to overcome Josh Hancock’s late penalty, resulting in the home side progressing to the third round of the cup. 

Parkinson made just one change to the side that beat York City away in last week's FA Trophy tie with John Johnston replacing the cup-tied Luke Wall. 

It was a shaky start to the game for Alty, with Portsmouth applying large amounts of pressure early on. Ronan Curtis came close with a header just three minutes into the game following an enticing ball from Close, but his effort fell just wide of the post. 

Alty had a penalty appeal eight minutes later after Hulme was clearly brought down by Oli Hawkins in the Portsmouth box, but referee Tom Nield waved away the frustrated Hulme’s protests.  

Portsmouth fired another warning sign inside the 25th minute, this time Ellis Harrison striding towards goal before unleashing a powerful strike that collided back off the post before being cleared from danger. 

Some well created link-up play between Jake Moult and Johnston was almost rewarded with a goal not long after, but delivery from Johnston was slightly too high for the trio of Alty players in the box as the ball narrowly evaded their heads. 

A minute before the half time whistle saw Altrincham create their best chance of the half. Whilst sprinting towards goal, Johnston was dispossessed by Curtis who in turn lost his footing, leaving the ball behind for Hulme to snap up and unleash a shot that rebounded off the post and away from goal. 

A brilliant save from Thompson at full stretch denied the home side from going into the break with a one goal advantage. A perfectly weighted cross from Hawkins found the head of Harrison but the Altrincham shot stopper showed great speed and agility to quickly get down and prevent the ball from going into the back of the net.  

The Robins started the second half as how they ended the first. Energetic and dangerous on the attack, they looked the far better side. Two early long-range efforts from Moult and Sean Williams marginally missed the target as Altrincham came out all guns blazing. 

But it was Portsmouth who took the lead, against the run of play, following a well taken volley from Close. Sean Densmore couldn’t quite get enough power behind his headed clearance as the ball fell perfectly for Close to strike into the top right corner. 

Pompey came close to doubling their lead shortly after but another piece of excellent goalkeeping from Thompson kept Alty's hopes alive. Showing great bravery, Thompson came rushing out to deny Harness who was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. 

In the 82nd minute, Hulme was brought down in the box for a second time, and this time was rightfully awarded a penalty. Hancock stepped up to take the spot kick and drilled the ball underneath the diving Craig McGillivray to bring the scores level, sending all 622 travelling Alty fans into raptures. 

Altrincham looked to protect their chance of a replay, switching to a more defensive style of play and brining on defenders Toby Mullarkey and Connor Hampson late on in the game. 

However, a cruel last-minute goal from substitute Pitman saw Portsmouth finish the game off in the final minute of additional time. A Harrison header flicked on from a corner fell to Pitman at the back post who headed the ball past Thompson, a yard from goal.



FT: 2-1 to the home side.
Last minute corner for Portsmouth leads to a headed goal by Pitman, 2-1. (90+3 Minutes)
3 added minutes on the 90. (90 Minutes)
Parkinson makes his final substitution as Hampson replaces Johnston (87 Minutes)
Richman replaces Williams for the Robins. (83 Minutes)
GOALLLLL!!! Hancock converts, 1-1!!!! (83 Minutes)
PENALTY ALTY!!!!!! Hulme brought down in the area. (82 Minutes)
Harrop replaces Peers for Alty. (81 Minutes)
Williams booked for late challenge on Hulme. (80 Minutes)
Haunstrup almost puts the home side two in front but narrowly puts it wide of the far post. (75 Minutes)
Pompey break through on the counter with Harness one on one with Thompson but Alty's number 1 makes a brilliant save to keep the Robins in it. (73 Minutes)
Yellow card shown for Harness as he brings down Jones. (67 Minutes)
Free-kick to Pompey inside Alty's box as Hannigan is penalised for a pass back, but the free-kick is blocked by Jones. (62 Minutes)
Goal Portsmouth, Close with a header into the right hand corner, 1-0. (55 Minutes)
Johnston comes close cutting inside and testing MacGillivray who palms it away, as Alty put pressure on Pompey. (51 Minutes)
Moult strikes wide from outside the box as he's played on by Williams. (48 Minutes)
The home side make two changes at halftime with Pitman replacing Marquis and Williams on for Curtis. (46 Minutes)
HT: 0-0
Thompson makes a magnificent save from Harness's headed effort and keeps the game level. (45+1 Minutes)
Alty almost take the lead after Johnston storms down the right wing then his shot it blocked and finds its way to Hulme who smashes it onto the inside of post, CLOSE!! (45 Minutes)
Haunstrop hits it on the half volley after some nice build up by Portsmouth but the forward loops it over the bar. (42 Minutes)
Hulme wins a free-kick just outside the box but Densmore smashes it into the wall. (34 Minutes)
Alty break away on the counter-attack as Johnston whips in a cross which just glides over Hulme's head at the far post. (29 Minutes)
Harrison hits the post for Pompey with a low driven effort striking the outside if the left post. (26 Minutes)
Hulme goes down in the area as Alty push forward on the break but the referee waves play on. (11 Minutes)
Harness almost puts Portsmouth ahead after a mistake by Thompson but his effort is cleared by Jones. (7 Minutes)
The home team come close as Haunstrup floats a cross into the box finding the head of Close who heads it just wide of the far post. (6 Minutes)
Alty get us underway, BRING ON THE ROBINS!!! (1 Minutes)
Portsmouth substitutions: Bass (GK), Williams, Pitman, Bolton, Cannon, Raggett, Evans.
Portsmouth starting 11: MacGilivary (GK), Walkes, Brown, Burgess, Hawkins, Marquis, Curtis, Harness, Harrison, Close, Haunstrup.
Altrincham substitutions: Torrance, Harrop, Hampson, Mullarkey, Richman.
Altrincham starting 11: Thompson (GK), Densmore, Jones, Hannigan, Moult, Johnston, Williams, Hulme, Hancock, Peers.
20 Minutes to kick-off here at Fratton Park, a win today would see Alty get through to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 25 years.
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