Match Centre

Dagenham & Redbridge (A)
15:00 - Saturday 12th December 2020
National League (Chigwell Construction Stadium)
Goals: Jake Moult [39']
Attendance: 773
Referee: Mr M Dicicco
1 Tony Thompson
24 Joel Senior
2 Andy White
5 Tom Hannigan
4 Ritchie Sutton
6 Jake Moult (c)
29 Alistair Smith
15 Matty Kosylo
10 Josh Hancock
34 Ryan Colclough
11 Yusifu Ceesay
Dagenham & Redbridge
1 Elliot Justham
20 Will Wright
6 Kenny Clark (c)
5 Luke Croll
3 Elliot Johnson
4 Dean Rance
8 Mitch Brundle
22 Abumere Ogogo
11 Myles Weston
25 Scott Wilson
17 Darren McQueen
7 Sam Deering
24 Charlee Adams
23 Jaden Thompson-Brissett
13 Joshua Strizovic
10 Angelo Balanta
12 Dec 2020 by Andrew Flynn

After enjoying over a week off, Alty are finally back in National League action today when they visit Dagenham & Redbridge, in a game that will be played in front of spectators at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Last Saturday's game against King's Lynn Town was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch, giving the rest of the league an opportunity to catch up on the Robins slightly in terms of games played. Luck would be on Alty's side however, as results fell kindly and Phil Parkinson's men only dropped two places, from 4th to 6th.

Tuesday night's encounter with Woking also fell victim to the weather, and results elsewhere that night mean Alty come into this game in 8th.

It will be the nature of the season, that teams should leapfrog each other based on the number of games played as opposed to fair and reflective points totals. It was announced on Monday that Eastleigh's next three games will be postponed and rescheduled. As it stands they have played 9 games to our 13, so we could be as many as 6 games ahead of the Spitfires by Christmas.

Alty are hoping to extend a lucrative run of form, 12 points from 15 is the recent Robins haul, with the most recent win coming at Wrexham on 1st December.

Match report: A majestic first-half header from Ritchie Sutton was enough to give Altrincham an outstanding 1-0 victory. It was a lead they never looked like surrendering, as they stood firm whenever tested in a much more even second half and created several chances of their own with some slick approach work.

"We're delighted with the position and we're delighted with the recent performances, I'm just saying that there's more to come out of this team and I'll keep demanding more of them. I won't let them get too excited by that (Wrexham win) because on another day, if they score early it could go a different way."

It's over a week old now, but you may wish to refresh your memory with Phil Parkinson's post-Wrexham interview.

Dagenham & Redbridge come into this game on the back off a big victory at Weymouth, breaking a run of four games without a win. The team from east London sit in 19th place, but are unbeaten in five at home including a most recent 0-0 draw with Notts County and an Emirates FA Cup victory over Grimsby Town.

Alty's last meetings with the hosts came in the 06/07 season. They were instantly forgettable games: a 4-1 defeat away and a 5-0 defeat at home.

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12 Dec 2020 by Brian Flynn

Altrincham made it 5 wins out of 6 games with a thoroughly resilient display in East London with the destination of the points being decided by Jake Moult's close range finish after Matty Kosylo's floated free kick wasn't dealt with by the Daggers defensive line.

The victory, which lifted the Robins into 3rd place, albeit only for a couple of hours, following Bromley's win at Solihull in the late kick-off game televised by BT Sport , was marred by a serious injury midway through the 2nd half to Ryan Colclough, who it is feared may have sustained a broken leg, after a highly dangerous challenge from Abu Ogogo.

The Essex side started very well with the Robins seeing very little of the ball in the opening exchanges but it was not long before Phil Parkinson's side found its feet & Matty Kosylo seemeds destined to open his goalscoring account for Alty as he raced on to Yusifu Ceesay's intelligent through ball, but pulled his shot narrowly wide of the far post as the Alty bench looked on in expectation that the net would bulge.

Daryl  McMahon's charges retaliated well with a good spell of their own but Joel Senior rescued a dangerous situatiion with a goalline clearance from Agogo's header & Mitch Brundle should have hit the target with a free header following a corner.

Back came Alty & Josh Hancock was inches away from converting Kosylo's searching pacy cross, but the former Fylde winger was soon to provide the assist that would lead to the only goal of the afternoon.Kosylo's delicate delivery, from a free kick outside the left hand edge of the area, wasn't dealt with at all by the home defence & Jake Moult reacted quickest to flick the loose ball in from about 3 yards after Tom Hannigan had helped the ball on.

There was a change of role for the Alty captain at the start of the 2nd half as Ritchie Sutton did not reappear having suffered a suspected broken toe, to be replaced by Simon Richman, who slotted into Moult's holding midfield role whilst his captain dropped into the centre of the back four.

It was another half-time substitute who almost equalised for Dagenham, as the dangerous Angelo Balanta fired againts the post with Tony Thompson well beaten.Agogo's 59th minute challenge on Ryan Colclough, produced a strong reaction from a number of Alty players & after a fairly lengthy delay, the Robins new marquee signing was stretchered off & will need an X-ray to discover the full extent of his injury.Agogo, remarkably, appeared to not be punished.

During the latter stages of the game, Kosylo burst through the Daggers rearguard again but a rather curious finish hit the side netting & Alty had to hold on to their single goal lead, which they did very well, although Jake Moult picked up a late yellow card, his 5th of the season, therefore he faces a 1 match suspension.

This was a highly disciplined & efficient performance from Phil Parkinson's & Neil Sorvel's team which has now won 4 National League games away from home, all by  a 1-0 margin.

Attendance 773

FT: Another road trip, another clean sheet, another three points. D&R 0-1 Altrincham. The Robins are FLYING.
0-1 | 88' A chance to wrap this one up but Kosylo hits the side netting! Moult brings his man down and that's a routine yellow card. Thompson has also gone into the book, probably dissent.
0-1 | 86' Thompson gathers a low cross. He's in no rush to take this kick.
0-1 | 78' White plays Hancock in down the left, his cross is close to Peers but Justham collects.
0-1 | 77' Again Dagenham pump a ball upwards but Alty stand firm. Most of this 45' has been played inside the Robins' half.
0-1' | 70' Not much in the way of creativity for Alty this half but the changes we've been forced into have not helped our cause. This may turn into a finish much like the recent Wrexham one.
0-1 | 69' Lack of actual football but an eventful second half. Dreadful challenge on Colclough in front of the liner goes unflagged. Play eventually stopped for a stretcher, along with oxygen. Looks like a serious injury unfortunately.
0-1 | 54' Substitute, Balanta, smashes the post for Dagenham. Thompson was beaten.
0-1 | 45' Back underway for the second half, and the Robins have made a change with Ritchie Sutton coming off for Simon Richman. Jake Moult will drop into the heart of defence.
HT: 0-1 to the Robins. Goal time was '39. Good half of football with plenty of chances for both sides but it's Parky's boys who make one count.
0-1 | GOALLLLL! Jake Moult taps home from two yards to put the Robins ahead.
0-0 | 32' What a ball from Kosylo and Hancock is inches from heading Alty to what would most certainly have been a one-nil lead. He was free in the six yard box.
0-0 | 29' Joel Senior goes into the book for a 'professional' foul. The hosts continue to pen Alty in.
0-0 | 28' That's huge defending from Senior to clear a header off the line! Dagenham's turn to push forward now as a penalty shout is waved away by the referee.
0-0 | 23' Some defending to do over the past few minutes. Moult was strong at the front post to deny Agogo and the subsequent corner was headed over by Brundle.
0-0 | 17' Kossy! No! The winger goes through on goal but his effort is dragged agonisingly wide of the left post. That was a huge chance.
0-0 | 13' We're on the front foot and putting consistent pressure on the hosts now. Moult's cross is put behind for a corner but we fail to make it count.
0-0 | 9' Alty break through Kosylo and he finds Smith in the box. Some smart foot work almost fashions a chance but Croll defends brilliantly, and the Robins have to build again.
0-0 | 5' Dagenham have started this one on the front foot. Back in front of their supporters, a fast start from the hosts was always on the cards. Thompson was called into action earlier on.
The Robins are out. We're in our grey away strip this afternoon.
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Subs: Strizovic, Deering, Balanta, Brissett, Adams
Dagenham XI: Justham, Johnson, Rance, Croll, Clark, Brundle, Weston, McQueen, Wright, Agogo (c), Wilson
Subs: Salmon, Densmore, Gould, Peers, Richman
It's good to have Alty back in action! Here's how we line up for today's game: Thompson; Senior, Hannigan, Sutton, White; Moult (c), Smith; Colclough, Hancock, Kosylo; Ceesay.
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