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Alty host Bromley at The J.Davidson Stadium this evening, with a kick-off time of 19:00. The Robins are looking to build on two wins in five days, the most recent coming on Saturday with an impressive performance at Boreham Wood.
From Laurence Howarth's report on Saturday:
"What a difference a week makes. Seven days on from the home defeat to Aldershot, Alty’s third loss in a row, life back in the National League suddenly seems a whole lot more enjoyable after the Robins grabbed a late winner for the second game running to move six points clear of the relegation places and up to the (relatively) heady heights of fourteenth. And it’s not just the results that have improved – this was one of Alty’s best displays of the season, hailed by Phil Parkinson as a complete away performance."
The second half saw Altrincham on the front foot and pressing much higher up the pitch, taking the game to Boreham Wood. 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 Yusifu 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 Jamie McDonald to follow up and tap home.
Phil Parkinson was full of praise for a 'complete' away performance:
The lads executed the game plan perfectly. Sorvs' did some fantastic stuff with them on Thursday night, in terms of shape we were looking to play knowing they set up in a 3-5-2 - and how we could stop them hurting us. I thought the execution was perfect and to get that goal was ever so sweet, it was the complete away performance.
Looking ahead to tonight's game, and the future in general, he added:
Every week people say 'tough game' - and I'm like, 'I know!' And it will be the next week, and the next week because we're underdogs every single week due to the resources we have at our disposal. It's probably the first season we've been that and the lads aren't falling down under that kind of pressure because they've got to perform every single week.
Meanwhile, Bromley earned a point at Maidenhead (who Alty incidenitally host this coming Saturday), drawing 2-2 courtesy of a 95th minute Chris Bush equaliser. In an interview that you can listen to in full here, manager Neil Smith said:
"I've said to the boys, it's going to be another difficult game, another travel on the day. So they need to rest and make sure they get themselves ready, but hopefully we should have a few more bodies back from injury as well. There's going to be competition for who I can pick on Tuesday."
Altrincham and Bromley are level on points and sit in 14th & 13th respectively, albeit tonight's visitors have played two fewer games than the Robins.
There are three other games this evening, both kicking off at 7pm also - Wrexham host Sutton United whilst Hartlepool make the trip down to Barnet. If results go our way, owing largely to the additional fixtures that the Robins have played (we will have played 11 vs the 7 that some sides have achieved so far), we could actually find ourselves in the play-offs with a win this evening.
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*Fis foiled .. Fisaro Adarabioyo is just off target with a first-time effort on the turn. Picture by Michael Ripley.
Altrincham's hopes of a notable hat-trick of Vanarama National League wins were ground into the Moss Lane mud by a physically-strong, well-organised Bromley side at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night.
Buoyed by victories over Chesterfield and Boreham Wood, Alty were eyeing up another three-point haul to gain an even stronger foothold in their new National League surroundings and move further up the table.
But in a game of few clear-cut chances that included red cards for Bromley's Ben Williamson and Alty's Matty Kosylo, it was the visitors who took the one that counted through James Alabi early on.
Ritchie Sutton came in to the starting line-up for Tom Hannigan, who dropped to the bench, as manager Phil Parkinson made full use of his squad, with games coming thick and fast.
The vastly-experienced centre-back is renowned for his rugged no-nonsense defending, and those qualities came to the fore inside the opening 30 seconds, when Michael Cheek breezed past three challenges, only to be stopped in his tracks on the edge of the area by the timeliest of tackles from Alty's pre-season signing from Morecambe.
If that was an early sign of Bromley's attacking intent, there was more to come, as Alty, fresh from two impressive wins on the bounce, found themselves trailing after barely four minutes.
Reeco Hackett-Fairchild scampered down the left and when he cut the ball back from near the bye-line, Alabi was on hand to sweep a first-time shot past Tony Thompson from the edge of the six-yard area.
It was an unwanted repeat of the early susceptibility that cost Alty against Solihull Moors, Aldershot and Chesterfield, and for the fourth home game in succession, they found themselves behind inside the opening 20 minutes.
It required a response similar to the one against Chesterfield, when Alty turned the tables in stirring style, and they began to warm to their task as the half wore on.
Kosylo and Josh Hancock worked the ball out to Connor Hampson on the left in the seventh minute, but cutting in on to his weaker right foot might not have been the best option for the Alty full-back, whose mishit shot was comfortably gathered by the Bromley keeper.
When Hancock replicated the manoeuvre in the 26th minute, darting in from the left touchline and setting his sights, it looked far more likely to have the desired effect, given the Alty attacker's shooting ability from distance.
The contact was clean enough, but fortunately for Bromley, an outstretched boot diverted his well-struck effort away from danger and behind for a corner.
Alty were working their way into the game and patiently probing for a way through, with Kosylo and Hancock heavily involved most times they looked like succeeding.
It's a tried and trusted Alty formula that has served them well through the Parkinson era so far, yet it was a departure from the norm - a long, searching pass by Kosylo launched from near the halfway line - that so nearly delivered for the Robins in the 28th minute.
It travelled fully 40 yards but could scarcely be labelled a route one long ball, as it arrowed its way with pinpoint precision towards Fisayo Adarabioyo on the edge of the area.
The Alty striker might have pulled it down but, instead, attempted a spectacular first-time finish, as he helped it on its way with a sidefoot volley on the turn that looped just over the bar.
With Alty pressing for an equaliser and pushing forward at every opportunity, there was always the danger Bromley might catch them on the break, and it almost happened on the half-hour.
Played through on the counter-attack in a central position, Cheek perhaps should have done better than sidefoot a shot that gave Thompson the chance to parry it, diving to his left. As the ball broke free, Hackett-Fairchilds should certainly have done better than poke it wide, with the goal gaping, though Hampson deserved credit for applying at least some pressure on him.
Hampson has been a prominent figure in Alty's recent fine form, so it came as an unwelcome disruption when he dropped to his haunches soon after and eventually had to give way to Joel Senior in the 39th minute.
Alty were almost made to pay for a defensive lapse in the 48th minute when Thompson attempted to sidefoot the ball to Senior on the left of the area but, instead, rolled it straight to Ben Williamson.
Unable to believe his luck, a startled Williamson blazed a left-foot shot wastefully wide of the far post, much to Thompson's relief, as the Alty keeper raised a hand in apology.
It was hardly the start to the second half Alty would have been hoping for, but they were soon back on the front foot when Adarabioyo was sent racing through on the right of the area for a shot the advancing Mark Cousins did well to turn round the post.
Yusifu Ceesay's recent hamstring injury was never likely to be risked for more than an hour, and when he was duly withdrawn as a precaution, it gave Alty followers tuning into the live stream a first glimpse of winger Ryan Colclough, who signed a short-term deal with the Robins earlier in the day.
The 25-year old was soon involved, jinking in from the left and curling a deep cross beyond the far post, where the leaping Kosylo just failed to reach it.
While an equaliser was foremost in Alty's thoughts, they could count themselves fortunate not to slip further behind on the hour when a debatable offside decision denied Bromley a second goal.
The ever-dangerous Hackett-Fairchild cut in from the left and picked out Billy Bingham with a superb cut-back that the Bromley midfielder drove through a packed area and just inside the left post.
Bromley celebrations were in full flow but suddenly came to a halt, as referee Jacob Miles emerged from a consultation with his linesman and indicated an Alty free-kick, presumably for offside against a visiting player in Thompson's eyeline.
They might have felt they could have done with a two-goal cushion in the 67th minute when they were reduced to 10 men.
Bill Sass-Davies was always likely to reach a loose ball first, near the centre circle, and when Williamson ploughed into a lunging challenge studs first, referee Miles had no hesitation showing him a red card.
Sass-Davies was able to carry on after treatment, and the quest for an equaliser soon continued, as Alty tried to make their numerical advantage count.
But Bromley formed an effective barrier round their goal, and when the numbers were evened up by a harsh-looking red card for Kosylo for a 90th-minute foul on the far side of the pitch, Alty's hopes of salvaging a point were finally dashed.