Match Centre

2-0
Wealdstone (H)
19:45 - Tuesday 26th January 2021
National League (The J. Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Josh Hancock [39'] Alistair Smith [80']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Steven Copeland
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
24 Joel Senior
5 Tom Hannigan
25 Toby Mullarkey
3 Connor Hampson
6 Jake Moult (c)
29 Alistair Smith
15 Matty Kosylo
64
10 Josh Hancock
7 Dan Mooney
28 Byron Harrison
74
Substitutes
74
Wealdstone
1 Stuart Moore
2 Michee Efete
6 Jerome Okimo (c)
7 Michael Phillips
71
17 Jacob Mendy
34 Jack Cawley
18 Alex Dyer
82
5 Connor Smith
19 Moses Emmanuel
10 Daniel Green
11 Dennon Lewis
Substitutes
25 Jake Askew
12 Charlee Hughes
71
23 Maxim Kouogun
28 Matthew Lench
13 Daniel Wishart
82
26 Jan 2021 by Ed Painter

Altrincham v Wealdstone
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 26th January 2021, 19:45 KO
Match Preview - By Ed Painter

Phil Parkinson’s Altrincham side welcome Wealdstone to the J. Davidson Stadium Tuesday evening, with a place in the top four potentially up for grabs.

The Robins will be heading into this game off the back of Saturday afternoon’s impressive comeback victory against National League strugglers Barnet at the Hive.

Despite dominating possession early on, JJ Hooper’s breakaway goal handed the Bees the lead against the run of play. However, Marty Kosylo’s first goal for the Robins saw both sides enter the half time break level.

As the final whistle approached, it seemed Alty might be forced to settle for a point. Josh Hancock had different ideas though, with the midfielder popping up to score a very late, but well-deserved winning goal.

Matty Kosylo spoke to Brian Flynn after the Robins had deservedly taken all 3 points from Saturday's trip to North London. 

That result means that the Robins still sit fifth in the Vanarama National League table, with Stockport in fourth winning as well. But a positive result Tuesday evening could see Alty leapfrog the Hatters.

Our opponents on Tuesday evening, who were promoted as champions of a 2019/20 National League South campaign which was decided on PPG, have proven themselves to be a tough team to play against this season. Of the 17 games they have played so far this season, the Stones have won six, drawn three and lost eight. Currently, they sit in 17th with 21 points to their name, leaving them nine points clear of the relegation zone.

In their last outing, Wealdstone were on the wrong end of a goal fest against Aldershot Town, losing at home 4-3. Having fallen behind to a Jon Nouble strike, Dennon Lewis and Alex Dyer handed the hosts a 2-1 lead. Three Aldershot goals from Jermaine Anderson, Chike Kandi and Josh Rees looked to have put the game beyond the Stones but despite a late penalty from Moses Emmanuel making it 4-3, they were unable to complete what would have been an impressive comeback.

That narrow loss was Wealdstone’s third league loss in a row, losing the other two to Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United. What has not helped the newly promoted club is that alongside Barnet, they have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 37 goals. Having said that, the Stones do carry a threat in front of goal, scoring 26.

Managed by Dean Brennan, who formerly coached Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town, the Stones are spearheaded by the duo of Danny Parish and Moses Emmanuel. Parish, who joined the club from Maldon & Tiptree in the summer, has scored five goals from nine games. Like Parish, Emmanuel, who has featured for Woking, Bromley, and Billericay Town, also has five goals, but he has played three more games than his attacking partner.

The Stones have also been boosted by a wave of impressive signings, such as the likes of Kundai Benyu (formerly of Celtic), Jake Askew (Formerly of Chelsea), and Dan Wishart (formerly of Sutton United and Maidstone United). 

With their poor recent run of form inching them closer to the danger zone, Tuesday evening’s game will hold just as much importance for Wealdstone as it does for us.

Last five games

Altrincham: DLDDW (F9 A9)

Wealdstone: WLLWL (F11 A15)

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26 Jan 2021 by Seth Hamill

Photo by Michael Ripley.

Altrincham welcomed Wealdstone to the J Davidson stadium this evening for the first time since 1987 for what proved to be an impressive performance by the reds. Alty came into the game in 5th position, with Wealdstone only 6 points behind despite being in 17th. Yusifu Ceesay was absent tonight due to a case of tonsillitis and Jake Moult returned to the starting lineup.

The game got off to a bright start and the entertainment continued throughout the 90 minutes, with both teams battling it out on a difficult playing surface. Dan Mooney was lively from the offset, creating attacks down the right, firstly for Hampson who had a long shot saved by the keeper. Wealdstone hit back but their efforts were thwarted by Altrincham’s solid defense. Hancock had the first proper chance, guiding the ball just inches wide of Stuart Moore’s net after an excellent turn and pass from Kosylo. Soon after, Jake Moult nearly found the net in tremendous fashion, chesting and volleying the ball in from Hampson first time. Despite the dramatic potential, it sailed over the bar.

After 39 minutes Altrincham found the net thanks to Josh Hancock. Kosylo burst forward with a fiery run, weaving his way through several players but was stopped in the opposition’s box which resulted in a corner. The corner was swung in and headed expertly by Hancock who managed to rise above his marker and get his head to the ball before the keeper could punch it away.

Wealdstone’s enthusiasm was not halted however, and they pushed forward, putting the ball into the danger area but causing nothing that really troubled Tony Thompson. Besides the goal, Wealdstone defended firmly in the first half. Their right-back Efete absorbed the pressure a number of times, using his strength to muscle the ball off Altrincham players. The first half finished rather even despite the scoreline favouring one side.

HT Altrincham 1 - 0 Wealdstone

The start of the second half saw the Stones continue to apply pressure on their opponents in the search for an equaliser, gaining a series of corners for their effort. Altrincham remained composed at the back and dealt with the threats well.

Kosylo worked hard as usual and provided great creativity going forward. Having received a yellow card, he was replaced by Ryan Colclough in the 64th minute in what seemed to be a precautionary move by Parkinson. Colclough made an immediate impact, striking the post with a powerful low shot after a couple of minutes of game time. Another substitution for the Robins happened soon after when Peers replaced Byron Harrison who held up the ball well in his time on the pitch.

Hancock looked for more goals in the second half and had a couple of quality chances. The first was denied by an outstanding save by the keeper and the second was struck off the bar. Colclough showed the initiative with creating the second chance when he collected a ball which was left to go out of play by the opposition defence.

The Robins kept pushing and in the 80th minute Tom Peers missed a chance a yard in front of the Stones’ net. His blushes were saved by a combination of Senior and Smith, the latter slotting the ball underneath the keeper’s legs for his first goal for Altrincham. 2 minutes later and Smith was in the limelight again, his shot sailing agonisingly over the bar by a fine margin.

The final stages of the game remained physical from both sides, but Altrincham prevailed and were deserved victors. It was a very action-packed evening of football at the J Davidson Stadium and under Phil Parkinson, Altrincham continue to play attractive and effective football. Wealdstone were not without their merits though and look a stronger team than their league position would suggest. Alty now enjoy a well-earned rest.


FT Altrincham 2 - 0 Wealdstone

FT ALT 2-0 WEA. Impressive performance for the Robins in what was a physically challenging game. Altrincham created a number of chances, capitalising on a couple but it could have been more.
90+2' Poor challenge on Mooney causes a booking for Green. ALT 2-0 WEA
82' What an exciting game this is turning out to be. Smith runs into the box and is fed the ball by Mooney his shot drifts just agonisingly over the bar. ALT 2-0 WEA
80' Goal! After a poor miss from close range by Peers, Senior puts the ball in to the box which should have been a routine save for Moore. Smith pressures the keeper and manages to help the ball through his legs into the back of the net. ALT 2-0 WEA
79' Yellow card for Hancock. ALT 1-0 WEA
77' Another close one! Colclough collects a ball which the Stones defenders had left to go out for a goal kick. He quickly plays the ball to Hancock who hits the bar. ALT 1-0 WEA
76' Great reactions from Moore. Senior finds Hancock on the edge of the ball who turns well and shoots from just inside. ALT 1-0 WEA
74' Harrison is replaced by Peers. ALT 1-0 WEA
72' Lewis finds himself in bit of space on the right and shoots but it goes way over. ALT 1-0 WEA
71' Phillips is replaced by Hughes. ALT 1-0 WEA
66' A powerful low shot from Colclough is inches away, hitting the post. ALT 1-0 WEA
64' Kosylo is replaced by Colclough. ALT 1-0 WEA
62' Wealdstone looking more dangerous but Senior defends effectively on the right side of the box. Wealdstone gain a couple of corners for their hard work. ALT 1-0 WEA
59' Kosylo drifts a shot over the bar after a corner from Alty. ALT 1-0 WEA
53' Altrincham fortunate to come away with a goal kick after Mullarkey is caught by the high press in his own box. ALT 1-0 WEA
51' Comfortable save for Moore but Mooney is doing well to keep the keeper busy tonight. ALT 1-0 WEA
49' Kosylo goes into the book for a frustrated challenge. ALT 1-0 WEA
46' Poor challenge on Smith but the ref plays advantage. Mooney swings a superb ball into the box but the keeper comes out and collects the ball. ALT 1-0 WEA
46' The second half is underway. ALT 1-0 WEA
HT ALT 1-0 WEA. Both teams playing some good football on a difficult pitch. Wealdstone look solid at the back with the exception of the Altrincham goal. After the goal, the chances opened up a bit more for the Stones but Alty held on with a clean sheet for the first 45 minutes.
45+1' Strong defending from Efete, he muscles Kosylo off the ball in what could have been a good chance for Alty. ALT 1-0 WEA
45' Moult has an effort outside the box but fires wide. ALT 1-0 WEA
42' A good response from Wealdstone, coming close with a few balls into the box. ALT 1-0 WEA
39' Goal!! Altrincham win a corner after another fiery run from Kosylo. Hancock rises above his man and heads the corner in from the near post. ALT 1-0 WEA
33' Toby Mullarkey heads wide from a corner. ALT 0-0 WEA
24' Yellow card for Dyer for a foul on Dan Mooney. ALT 0-0 WEA
20' Impressive move from Altrincham. A long ball into the box from Hampson was chested and volleyed over the bar by Moult. What a goal that would have been! ALT 0-0 WEA
17' Whiskers away from a goal for Josh Hancock. Smith finds Kosylo who turns and slots a ball into the box for Hancock. He fires just wide. ALT 0-0 WEA
14' Toby Mullarkey defends Altrincham's box well with an important block. ALT 0-0 WEA
3' Dan Mooney has a promising run forward, taking it past a couple of players, it ends with a shot from Hampson stopped by the keeper with little trouble. ALT 0-0 WEA
1' Kick off! ALT 0-0 WEA
Starting lineup: Thompson, Senior, Hannigan, Mullarkey, Hampson, Moult, Smith, Kosylo, Hancock, Mooney, Harrison. Subs: White, Sutton, Peers, Richman, Colclough.
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