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Torquay United (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 2nd February 2021
National League (Plainmoor)
Goals: Josh Hancock [33' pen] Ryan Colclough [45']
Goals (Opponent): Kyle Cameron [22']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Adrian Quelch
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
3 Connor Hampson
46
5 Tom Hannigan
25 Toby Mullarkey
24 Joel Senior
29 Alistair Smith
6 Jake Moult (c)
15 Matty Kosylo
10 Josh Hancock
7 Dan Mooney
25
28 Byron Harrison
74
Substitutes
46
Torquay United
1 Shaun MacDonald
4 Kyle Cameron
7 Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
8 Asa Hall (c)
60
10 Armani Little
62
12 Adam Randell
16 Sam Sherring
21 Dean Moxey
23 Aaron Nemane
64
31 Joe Lewis
34 Ben Whitfield
Substitutes
11 Jake Andrews
64
25 Billy Waters
60
32 Max Sheaf
26 James Hamon
24 Rob Street
62
01 Feb 2021 by Ed Painter

Torquay United v Altrincham 
Vanarama National League 
Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 19:45 KO 
Match Preview - By Ed Painter 

Phil Parkinson’s Altrincham side travel to Plainmoor on Tuesday evening as they face league leaders Torquay United in another important Vanarama National League tie. 

The Robins enter this game fresh from the impressive 2-0 midweek win against struggling Wealdstone, a result which temporarily lifted Alty to fourth in the table. 

Josh Hancock’s headed effort shortly before the half time break gave the Robins the lead their play deserved at the wet and windy J. Davidson Stadium. 

Alty’s dominance continued into the second period and with only ten minutes left on the clock, Alistair Smith’s fine finish at the near post secured a win which lifted the club closer to the top of the league table. 

You can watch highlights of our 2-0 victory over Wealdstone by clicking play below.

However, after the latest round of fixtures on Saturday, of which we were not scheduled to play, Phil Parkinson’s Alty side dropped to seventh, following positive results for Stockport County, Maidenhead United and Notts County. 

That result also means that the Robins are now level on points with Notts and Maidenhead in fifth and sixth respectively, and only one point behind Stockport and Sutton United in third and fourth. However, the only downside is that all four of those teams have played three fewer games than Alty. 

Connor Hampson will make his 100th league appearance tomorrow should he feature for the Robins.

Our opponents on Tuesday evening have set the standards this season and find themselves atop the National League, a whopping ten points clear of Hartlepool United in second, despite having played one more game than the Pools. After playing 20 games so far this season, the Gulls have amassed 13 wins, four draws and only three losses, with those losses coming against Yeovil Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, and Eastleigh. 

From those games, Torquay have shown just how dangerous they are in front of goal, having scored 40 goals. They are just as impressive at the other end of the pitch, conceding 17, with only Boreham Wood and Solihull Moors having better defensive records this season.

In their last outing, the Gulls bounced back from two successive goalless draws, against Sutton United and Notts County, by beating a Barnet side who are still looking for their first league win since October. The league leaders got off to a fast start when midfielder Ben Whitfield struck in the eighth minute to hand the visitors the lead, before the game was wrapped up with 82 minutes on the clock by Jake Andrews from 25 yards out. 

Tuesday evening’s game is the first time these two sides have faced one another since the 2015/16 season, a year which ended with relegation for Alty. On April 12, 2016, this meeting ended 2-0 in favour of Tuesday’s hosts. On that occasion, a first half goal from Luke Young, followed by Shaun Harrad’s strike midway through the second half was enough to secure the Gulls all three points. 

Torquay are managed by Gary Johnson, who has a large amount of experience managing in the Football League with the likes of Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Peterborough United and Northampton Town. He has even won the National League title before with Cheltenham Town in 2016. Johnson has amassed an impressive squad since taking over the reins, bringing Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Dean Moxey, and Jake Andrews to Plainmoor. 

However, Alty have been boosted by an impressive arrival of their own, as Wigan Athletic forward Joe Piggott signed on at the J. Davidson Stadium on a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season. Piggott is a name that the Robins’ faithful will know well, after the forward enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club 2 years ago, scoring four goals from six games. 

With both teams entering this game on the back of victories, Tuesday evening’s meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for Phil Parkinson’s men to show how they match up against one of the strongest teams in the division. 

Last five games 

Torquay United: LWDDW (F7 A2) 

Altrincham: LDDWW (F10 A8) 

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Torquay United do not currently permit any visiting media or directors at their home games, therefore Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery will provide a remote broadcast from The J.Davidson Stadium, starting at 7.30pm.

The match sponsor is Terry Surridge & the commentary team is Brian Flynn, Ian Wilkinson, Paul Salt & Niall Finnegan.

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03 Feb 2021 by John Edwards

If you’re going to punch above your weight, you may as well make it count, and Altrincham did just that with a stunning one-two that left runaway Vanarama National League leaders Torquay United staring glassy-eyed at the night sky at a windswept, rain-lashed Plainmoor.

A nerveless Josh Hancock equaliser from the penalty spot had the table-toppers reeling, and when Ryan Colclough followed up with an unstoppable first-time strike to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time, they were out for the count.

It was the Robins' third straight win - their sixth on the road in the league this season - and it lifted them to fourth in the table, just a single point behind second-placed Hartlepool United. They have taken 27 points from their last 13 games and have now returned from trips to all the other teams in the top five with something to show for their efforts.

It might be worth remembering at this point, amid such a dizzying array of statistics, that it’s Altrincham we’re talking about. Little part-time Alty with a budget dwarfed by virtually everyone else’s in non-League’s premier division and who were supposed to be aiming for little more than survival in their first season back.

Hence the reference to punching above our weight, but the blows are likely to keep landing, judging by the squad manager Phil Parkinson has somehow managed to put together against all the odds.

It’s one thing being backed by the board, but he still has to persuade the likes of Ryan Colclough (pictured scoring at Stockport), Matty Kosylo, Alistair Smith and Dan Mooney that forsaking full-time status to throw their lot in with the Robins would be an advisable career move.

No easy task, but the straight-talking Robins boss has done it, and, as a consequence, his side are going into games such as their latest test on the Devon coast looking as good as, if not better than, their lofty hosts, often boasting a sharper, more menacing attacking threat on the flanks and greater poise and composure in midfield.

And when there was a need to stand firm at the back and defend a slender advantage, as there was here for the duration of the second half, it was accomplished with a resolve that underlined how well served this Alty side are in all departments.

Torquay looked to have weathered an early storm that included a rasping Dan Mooney drive against the underside of the bar and must have felt they were primed for another routine home win when skipper Kyle Cameron forced an opening goal past Tony Thompson from close range at the second attempt after Alty failed to deal with a free-kick from the right wing in the 21st minute.

Mooney’s lively contribution being curtailed as early as the 25th minute, after he failed to shake off an earlier knock, could only have reinforced the home team's sense of wellbeing, given the darting runs by the Alty winger that had repeatedly threatened to unhinge them.

But the sight of Colclough coming on to replace him demonstrated another facet of this Alty squad that bodes so well for their prospects. Not only is there quality in all areas, there’s strength in depth to boot, so much so that Parkinson faces selection dilemmas over naming his bench as well as his starting X1.

The enforced change had no weakening effect on Alty whatsoever, as proved by a spectacular winner from Colclough that followed an equaliser engineered and executed by Hancock in the 33rd minute.

A typically-clever turn by Alty’s attacking midfielder took him clear of a close marker, and when his advance into the area was halted by the clumsiest of fouls by Sam Sherring for the clearest of penalties, he picked himself up to send keeper Shaun MacDonald the wrong way from the spot.

MacDonald could count himself lucky to be given the benefit of the doubt - not that there seemed to be any - after he dropped a Kosylo corner and saw the ball hooked over the line in the 44th minute - the referee mysteriously blowing for an infringement - but there was no reprieve for Torquay or their keeper a minute later.

A Kosylo pass to Hancock was swiftly switched across to Colclough on the left of the area, and the Alty substitute didn’t hesitate to curl a first-time right foot shot with pace into the top far corner.

It was a goal fit to win any game, and a disciplined, if not quite so flowing, second-half performance from the Robins limited Torquay chances to a bare minimum and saw them over the line for a result to savour against a side who were 10 points clear at the summit at the start of play.

The only blemish was a late red card for skipper Jake Moult, following an apparent incident involving Cameron, which unfortunately did not come across clearly on the Torquay stream but that left the Alty midfielder looking bemused as he trudged off.

It couldn’t take the gloss off an outstanding achievement for Parkinson’s in-form team, though. As one of Torquay’s local media outlets, DevonLive, put it in their post-match headline: Gulls slip to defeat against promotion rivals.

Promotion rivals, eh? Sounds good, doesn’t it?

A sensational night for the Robins as a breathtaking first half performance & a totally resolute 2nd half display see Alty move up to 4th in The National League. For the 2nd away game in succession, Phil Parkinson's side turned a 1 goal deficit into a 2-1 victory with a penalty from Josh Hancock (33) & a stunning strike from Ryan Colclough (45) in the latter stages of the first period. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
FINAL SCORE: TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
5 Added minutes.TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
86. Jake Moult is sent off for a 2nd yellow card for an off the ball incident., Kyle Cameron is booked. Josh Hancock takes the Captain's armband. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
85. Josh Hancock capitalises on a loose ball & picks out Matty Kosylo whose angled shot is saved superbly by Shaun MacDonald & the ball loops over the bar.TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
82. Jake Andrews floats a free kick over after Josh Hancock concedes a free kick on the edge of the D outside the area. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
80. We are under pressure here as we go into the last 10 minutes but Torquay haven't yet created a clear cut opportunity in this half. Jake Moult is booked for a foul. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
74. Final sub of the game as Yusifu Ceesay replaces Byron Harrison. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
72. Nice move by Torquay ends with Street's shot which is straight at Thompson. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
68. A long throw is flicked on twice by Gulls players & falls nicely for Lemonheigh-Evans but he can't get anything on it & Thompson collects easily. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
65. 2 further subs for Torquay. Rob Street & Jake Andrews have replaced the impresssive Armani Little & Aaron Nemane. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
60. Billy Waters, who was a trialist at Alty in pre-season is on as a subsitute for Asa Hall for the Gulls.
53. Tom Hannigan receives treatment from Tommy Uda for what may be a back problem. Fortunately, he seems OK. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
47. Alistair Smith's 40 yard drive whistles just wide!!!!!!! Great effort. TORQUAY UNITED 1 ALTRINCHAM 2
The 2nd half is underway at Plainmoor.
Half-time at Plainmoor. Having fallen behind to a scrappy goal, the Robins have produced 15 minutes of the very highest quality. A penalty from Hancock and a stunning goal from Colclough see Alty lead 2-1 at the break. Back in 15 minutes.
Altrincham ending the half on top here - successive crosses from Colclough are cleared, before play is halted as Harrison and MacDonald clash heads. 1-2.
2-1!!! Ryan Colclough you beauty!!! Outrageous finish from the substitute, who is fed a ball on the edge of the 18 yard box, and bends an effort into the far corner. Alty lead 2-1!
Colclough's corner is dropped by MacDonald, and as he tries to regather the ball, the referee blows for a Torquay free. It must be for a high foot, rather than a foul on the Gulls keeper. The ball ended up in the net, but was disallowed. Close call... But... 1-1
Altrincham have a free-kick on the halfway line. From it, Hampson ends up whipping a low cross - Torquay clear for a corner, as Alty end the half strongly. 1-1.
Kosylo gives the ball away with a bizarre pass inside his own half, but some excellent chasing from the winger sees him win the ball back. 1-1.
A surging run from Senior, and his pass is just behind Harrison. Torquay counter and Thompson is down smartly to stop a drive from Randell. 38 minutes, 1-1.
All Alty at the minute. A Joel Senior cross is between two Altrincham men and Torquay clear. 1-1.
Colclough puts two crosses into the Torquay area in 30 seconds - the first was a low drive across the six yard line, hacked clear; the second was a clipped cross that was just too high for Harrison. Good stuff from the Robins. 1-1.
Hancock takes... GOAL!!! Sends MacDonald the wrong way, and drills it high into the right corner. Altrincham level, 1-1.
PENALTY TO ALTRINCHAM! Hancock drives into the Gulls area, and an outrageous challenge comes in. Chance from the spot.
Outstanding tackle from Joel Senior to deny Torquay the chance to cross from a great position. 1-0.
Ryan Colclough replaces Dan Mooney.
It appears as though Phil Parkinson has been asked to sit in the stands (this seems to have happened earlier). In further bad news for Altrincham, Mooney is receiving treatment and cannot continue. 24 minutes gone. 1-0.
GOAL TORQUAY: Hampson goes into the book for a trip on Aaron Nemane. From the resulting free-kick, Torquay have smuggled in a scrappy goal at the back post. Thompson failed to smother a ball in a melee, and Kyle Cameron forces the ball home. 22 minutes gone, 1-0 Torquay.
Mooney has seen a lot of the ball so far - a 40 yard run results in a misplaced pass. 0-0.
Torquay work the ball down the right, and win themselves a corner. It comes to nothing, as Thompson claims. 16 minutes gone, 0-0.
Whitfield stings the palms of Thompson from 20 yards, but it's straight at the Altrincham keeper. 0-0.
Some effective holding up from Harrison, and from the resultant attack Smith's shot is blocked and cleared by the home defence. 0-0.
Altrincham defend the corner well. The wind is really wreaking havoc at both ends. 0-0.
Double save from Tony Thompson - Armani Little with the initial effort. Torquay return to the offensive, and have a corner. 0-0.
Mooney rattles the crossbar with a 20-yard effort! He ran twenty yard, cut onto his left foot and was inches away from giving the visitors the lead. 0-0.
Mooney marginally overhits a pass through to Harrison - less on the pass and the forward would have been in on goal. 0-0.
Some possession for the Robins, but the end result is a wayward ball forward, which rolls through to MacDonald. His clearance goes the length of the pitch and out for another Altrincham goal kick. 0-0.
Scrappy enough start - looks like a fierce wind down at Plainmoor. 0-0.
The two teams are out on the pitch. Both sides are wearing their home kits. The hosts will kick off, playing from right to left. Away we go. 0-0
Torquay start tonight 10 points clear of Hartlepool, having played 3 games more. With Hartlepool's game at Halifax postponed due to snow at The Shay, and Stockport hosting Sutton, the Gulls will be looking to stretch their lead tonight. Altrincham can maintain a grip on their playoff place with a positive result.
Altrincham's last two league visits to Plainmoor have ended in 2-0 reverses, with the most recent visit in April 2016.
Kick-off is 15 minutes away - back with updates once we get going. Updates are being provided remotely this evening.
Torquay make two changes to the side that won 2-0 at Barnet last weekend. MacDonald, Cameron, Lemonheigh-Evans, Hall, Little, Randell, Sherring, Moxey, Nemane, Lewis, Whitfield. SUBS: Andrews, Street, Waters, Hamon, Sheaf. One notable absentee is top scorer, Danny Wright, who is absent injured.
Team news from Plainmoor, starting with the Robins, who name the same side that started in the 2-0 win against Wealdstone at the J. Davidson Stadium last week. Thompson; Hampson, Hannigan, Mullarkey, Senior; Smith, Moukt; Hancock, Mooney, Kosylo; Harrison. Two changes on the substitutes bench: White, Miller, Ceesay, Peers & Colclough
Welcome to tonight's live updates.
A huge opportunity for Phil Parkinson's Robins to benchmark themselves against the league leaders this evening. Join us for live text updates throughout the evening, we'll bring you team news from Plainmoor when we have it.
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