Boreham Wood is the next destination as Altrincham look to build on Tuesday night’s first home win of the season.
Altrincham banked their first three points at home this season in dramatic style with a late Josh Hancock winner that was hailed as a classic of its kind by assistant-manager Neil Sorvel.
In an enthralling, see-saw encounter, the Robins fought back from early arrears to lead 2-1 midway through the second half, but the initiative looked to have slipped away when Chesterfield replied with a stunning equaliser barely 30 seconds later.
Hancock had other ideas, though, bursting into the box and finishing off a slick, incisive right-flank move that the normally understated Sorvel had no hesitation describing as 'a classic Altrincham goal' in his post-match interview.
How fantastic it was to see Josh Hancock back on song for the Robins, complimented by a more-than-supporting cast that all played a part in giving Alty more to shout about in the final third.
Matty Kosylo’s intelligence to let Shaun Densmore’s past run through him and on to Hancock was sublime, loanees Andy Dales and Alistair Smith once again impressed, and Fisayo Adarabioyo took his first half chance really well.
Ritchie Sutton returned from the injury he picked up at Hartlepool, coming on for the final few minutes to sure up the defence. Andy White was part of the evening's warm up, too.
Elsewhere midweek, Boreham Wood picked up “another hard-fought point on the road” drawing 1-1 at Bromley. They sit 15th in the National League, level on points with Alty and a place above the Robins on goal difference, with a game in hand.
They have won one of their last five league games, and the score lines read 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 1-1. Given our last four away trips read 1-1, 1-1, 1-0, 0-1, you’d be brave to back the goals in what should be a tight contest between two sides that are looking to kick on and build form.
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Radio Robins will broadcast remotely from the Community Sports Hall this afternoon.
You can listen to live commentary of today's game on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.45pm. The match commentary sponsor is 'The Non-League Lounge.' The commentary team is Paul Salt and Ian Wilkinson.
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Altrincham are on their way back from Borehamwood with three points and a clean sheet following a complete and confident away performance.
The Robins, who played in yellow this afternoon, made an encouraging start to the game with some lovely early touches from Matty Kosylo and Alistair Smith, who once again impressed throughout. The first 25 minutes were perhaps to be expected given the recent form of both sides, and their standings in the National League - it developed into an even and well-matched contest with nothing in the way of clear chances for either side, despite the abundance of Alty possession.
A huge Boreham Wood penalty shout was waved away on 28', and the momentum of the second half swung from there. The hosts saw a lot more of the ball and their threat grew throughout the remainder of the half. Sorba Thomas smashed the crossbar from range on 34', causing Alty to breathe a huge sigh of relief. Thompson was well beaten.
On 40', Kabongo Tshimanga broke into the box and created some space between himself and Tom Hannigan - he should have done much better with his wild and wayward effort. Off target, and Alty went in level despite living a touch on the dangerous side as the half wore on.
HT: Boreham Wood 0-0 Altrincham
As soon as the whistle was blown for the restart, Altrincham were on the front foot and pressing much higher up the pitch. This bright start to the second half saw Josh Hancock produce a fantastic save from goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, swivelling to shoot low from just inside the box.
As Alty continued to push forward, 58' and 64' saw the introductions of Yusifu Ceesay and Jamie McDonald for Andy Dales (who took a knock) and Fisayo Adarabioyo respectively. They would prove to be inspired changes.
To be clear, it wasn't one-way traffic. The Altrincham defence had to stand up well to a number Boreham Wood corners, crosses and long punts to get in behind. As the half wore on it become increasingly apparent that the hosts were aiming to go direct, where they had previously kept the ball on the ground in the first half.
It was on 87' that the Robins finally made the breakthrough. Matty Kosylo took control of the ball, and the situation in midfield with a delightful nutmeg - advancing forward with his head up, he picked out Ceesay with a ball in behind the Boreham Wood defence. An onrushing Ashmore could only do enough to block Ceesay's initial effort, and there was McDonald to follow up and tap home.
Joe Robbins was brought on for Josh Hancock moments later, and Alty saw out the game to gain another vital three points on the road.
FT: Boreham Wood 0-1 Altrincham