Match Centre

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Woking (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 16th March 2021
National League (Laithwaite Community Stadium)
Goals: Josh Hancock [92'' pen]
Goals (Opponent): Kyran Lofthouse [18']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mr D Lamport
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson (c)
24 Joel Senior
35 Yoan Zouma
46
5 Tom Hannigan
19 Reagan Ogle
25 Toby Mullarkey
8 Sean Williams
34 Ryan Colclough
10 Josh Hancock
15 Matty Kosylo
62
9 Joe Piggott
62
Substitutes
46
62
Woking
13 Craig Ross
3 Josh Casey (c)
4 Charlie Cooper
5 Ben Gerring
6 Moussa Diarra
8 Kane Ferdinand
11 Matt Jarvis
83
16 Kyran Lofthouse
18 Ben Dempsey
25 Sam Ashford
83
26 Jamar Loza
Substitutes
10 Max Kretzschmar
83
12 Nathan Collier
83
19 Niko Muir
20 Malachi Napa
23 Jayden Wareham
16 Mar 2021 by Ed Painter

The Robins will be looking for an immediate reaction to Saturday’s late defeat as they make the long midweek journey to face Woking at Kingfield Stadium.

Having claimed an impressive point at home against ten-man Hartlepool United, a side chasing automatic promotion, Phil Parkinson’s men were starting to find their feet after a run of defeats, with that result building upon the previous win against Woking.

Despite starting well, the Robins found themselves a goal down minutes before the half time break, as Joel Nouble surged down the left-hand side before cutting inside and firing the ball past Tony Thompson and into the far corner of the net.

Alty responded well after the break and won a penalty in the 48th minute, after Killian Colombie fouled Jake Moult inside the Aldershot box. Making his return to the starting line-up, midfielder Josh Hancock stepped up to beat the ‘keeper down the middle, levelling the score.

The Robins were in the ascendancy as the second half progressed, with Yusifu Ceesay, Tom Peers, and Ryan Colclough all having gilt-edged chances to give Alty a deserved lead.

But with only two minutes left in the game, Parkinson’s side were dealt a sucker punch when substitute Chike Kandi found space to shoot on Thompson’s goal, making no mistake in tucking the ball home into the bottom corner to secure all three points for the Shots.

You can listen to Phil Parkinson’s thoughts after that 2-1 defeat by pressing play below.

Following the Aldershot loss, Altrincham dropped two places to 13th in the Vanarama National League table, one point above Chesterfield in 14th, but having played five more games than the Spireites. Currently, Alty are still seven points clear of Woking in 18th, but the Cardinals do have four games in hand on the Robins.

Despite struggling to rediscover the kind of form that saw them flirting with the sides chasing promotion earlier in the season, Parkinson’s side will be reassured in knowing that given the unpredictable nature of the National League this season, a couple of positive results could carry them back up the league table in a short space of time.

You might be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu waiting for Tuesday evening’s game against Woking. It has been only a fortnight since we welcomed the Cardinals to the J. Davidson Stadium, when Matty Kosylo’s goal and Tony Thompson’s heroics saw the Robins claim a win which put an end to a worrying run of results. Having completed 25 games this season, the Cardinals have collected eight victories, six draws, and 11 losses, scoring 29 but conceding 29 for a level goal difference.

Finding themselves towards the wrong end of the National League table, Woking have shown signs over the last five league games that they are a side on the up. Taking their most recent 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town out of the equation, the Cardinals had only conceded one league goal from the games against Barnet, Altrincham, King’s Lynn Town, and Boreham Wood. No prizes for guessing who scored that solo goal.

In their last outing against a rejuvenated Yeovil Town side that looked to be fighting a relegation battle at the start of the year, Woking found themselves a goal behind by the time the first half break came around, after striker Rhys Murphy converted from close range. The former Chelmsford City attacker doubled the Glovers’ lead midway through the second period, acrobatically converting Alex Bradley’s free-kick. Woking did threaten a comeback when Max Kretzschmar headed in with 25 minutes left to play. However, they were unable to complete a comeback, suffering their first loss since March 2.

This evening’s tie, as mentioned before, is the second time the two sides have faced one another this season. In the previous encounter, Parkinson’s men responded brilliantly to going a man down, following Tom Hannigan’s dismissal, by beating the Cardinals 1-0, thanks to Kosylo’s strike in the 69th minute. Despite being on the back foot for much of the second half, the Robins held on for the win, courtesy of some world class goalkeeping from Thompson.

You can watch the highlights of that 1-0 home win by pressing play below.

Our opponents this week are managed by Alan Dowson, who became the Cardinals manager in May 2018, following four years in charge of NL South side Hampton & Richmond Borough. He replaced Anthony Limbrick, who was relieved of his duties just 11 months into a three-year contract, after Woking were dragged into a relegation battle.

An academy prospect at Millwall, Dowson gained experience as a professional footballer at Bradford City, all before going on to enjoy spells with Darlington, Slough Town, Gateshead, and Walton & Hersham. It was during his time with Walton & Hersham that Dowson got his first taste of management, becoming the club’s player-manager in 2004.

Three successful years with the Swans were followed by his appointment as manager of Kingstonian, leading the club to promotion in his second season in charge. In 2014, he was handed the manager role at Hampton & Richmond Borough, helping the Beavers to promotion to the NL South in 2016. In 2018, he took over at Woking and once again enjoyed success, taking them to the National League in his first season, following a second placed finish in the NL South.

Since their defeat at the J. Davidson Stadium in early March, Dowson has further strengthened his side, adding the likes of Sam Ashford and Niko Muir. Ashford joins on loan from League Two side Crawley Town, while Niko Muir joins for a month from Hampton & Richmond Borough, whose season was brought to an end in recent weeks.

A win for Altrincham on Tuesday evening could lift them all the way up to eighth, just outside the play-off places on goal difference alone. However, desperate to pull themselves away from those at the bottom of the league, Woking could move up to 16th, leapfrogging Solihull Moors and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Our opponents this week are managed by Alan Dowson, who became the Cardinals manager in May 2018, following four years in charge of NL South side Hampton & Richmond Borough. He replaced Anthony Limbrick, who was relieved of his duties just 11 months into a three-year contract, after Woking were dragged into a relegation battle.

An academy prospect at Millwall, Dowson gained experience as a professional footballer at Bradford City, all before going on to enjoy spells with Darlington, Slough Town, Gateshead, and Walton & Hersham. It was during his time with Walton & Hersham that Dowson got his first taste of management, becoming the club’s player-manager in 2004.

Three successful years with the Swans were followed by his appointment as manager of Kingstonian, leading the club to promotion in his second season in charge. In 2014, he was handed the manager role at Hampton & Richmond Borough, helping the Beavers to promotion to the NL South in 2016. In 2018, he took over at Woking and once again enjoyed success, taking them to the National League in his first season, following a second placed finish in the NL South.

Since their defeat at the J. Davidson Stadium in early March, Dowson has further strengthened his side, adding the likes of Sam Ashford and Niko Muir. Ashford joins on loan from League Two side Crawley Town, while Niko Muir joins for a month from Hampton & Richmond Borough, whose season was brought to an end in recent weeks.

A win for Altrincham on Tuesday evening could lift them all the way up to eighth, just outside the play-off places on goal difference alone. However, desperate to pull themselves away from those at the bottom of the league, Woking could move up to 16th, leapfrogging Solihull Moors and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Last five league games

Woking: WLWDL (F6 A3)

Altrincham: LLWDL (F4 A7)

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16 Mar 2021 by Brian Flynn

Josh Hancock scored his 9th goal of the season in the 2nd minute of added time to earn a precious away point for the Robins who had trailed since the 18th minute to a Kyran Lofthouse goal.

The Cards had the better of the first half & took the lead following Jake Cooper’s searching corner that sailed over Reagan Ogle & although Tony Thompson managed to grab the ball in a scramble on the line, the Assistant Referee deemed that the ball had already crossed the line.

This was after Joe Piggott missed the first & what turned out to be the best chance of the game in the 6th minute, latching on to Josh Hancock’s defence splitting ball to advance into the area before seeming to slip slightly as he pulled the trigger & his effort ballooned over the bar.

Tony Thompson made 2 important saves to deny Loza & Ashford, as Allan Dowson’s side went on the hunt for a 2nd before the break & the Robins were dealt a further blow when Matty Kosylo was shown a yellow card for the 10th time this season just before the interval & will now be suspended for the next 2 games.

The 2nd half was a bit of a stalemate, as Woking set their sights on holding on to their single goal lead & relying on their well drilled defence to see the game out.

Alty found it difficult to get into their rhythm but remained patient throughout, although there was no real indication that the game would finish in such dramatic fashion.

In the 2nd of 5 added minutes, Ben Gerring clumsily fouled Jake Moult in front of the perfectly placed Daniel Lamport, who duly pointed to the spot & Josh Hancock made it 5 penalties from 5 in this National League season, placing the ball perfectly just inside the keeper’s right hand post, with Ross seemingly a little bamboozled  by Alty’s leading scorer.

The Surrey side woke from their 2ndhalf slumber immediately & Moussa Diarra looked as if he had snatched all 3 points until a brilliant intervention from Thompson, as the special pink shirted one produced a reaction save from the Woking central defender’s header. So for the 2nd time in a fortnight, the Cards had been denied right at the death by a moment of goalkeeping heroics from Altrincham's number 1.

Alty snatch a point with a late Josh Hancock penalty. Feels like a really big point, that.
FT. Woking 1 Altrincham 1.
Incredible save by Thompson! Diarra's header from a corner looked a certain goal but somehow Thompson saves it. WOK 1-1 ALT
The keeper stays in the middle, perhaps having watched Josh's penalty on Saturday. Josh blasts it into corner. WOK 1-1 ALT
Hancock scores! 1-1
Moult wins a penalty for the second time in a few days.
Penalty to Alty!
Five added minutes.
89' Alty not really threatening as the game draws towards a close. WOK 1-0 ALT
87' Good work from Woking down their left but Loza blazes over. WOK 1-0 ALT
85' Ferdinand booked for another foul on Hancock as he turns away from his man. WOK 1-0 ALT
83' Two changes for Woking. Kretszchmar on for Jarvis. Wareham for Ashford. WOK 1-0 ALT
80' Ogle swings a good cross into the danger area but Bell can't get good contact on it. WOK 1-0 ALT
78' Colclough drives it into the wall and it deflects out for a corner. Woking clear. WOK 1-0 ALT
77' Bell wins a freekick in a dangerous position. WOK 1-0 ALT
72' It was Mullarkey who was hurt but he seems ok. The two subs have livened things up for Alty. WOK 1-0 ALT
71' Loza seizes on a loose header but takes too long to get his shot away and it's blocked. Alty have a man down here on the edge of our box - bit of a worry with all three subs used. WOK 1-0 ALT
70' Close! Colclough is fed by Ceesay and he hits a great shot from distance that flashes just wide. WOK 1-0 ALT
69' Cooper's booked for pulling down Hancock after a typically clever turn. WOK 1-0 ALT
67' Alty win the ball in a dangerous area and Bell feeds Ceesay but he slips at the crucial moment. WOK 1-0 ALT
65' Gerring goes into the book for preventing Thompson taking a kick from hands. WOK 1-0 ALT
61' Here comes the double change. Bell and Ceesay on for Piggott and Kosylo. Bell wearing No 17 but no name on the shirt. WOK 1-0 ALT
60' Sean Williams is booked for a foul. WOK 1-0 ALT
59' Bell and Ceesay getting ready to come on. WOK 1-0 ALT
56' Jarvis has acres of space down the left for Woking but he can't find a teammate. From the resulting corner, Thompson gets a bit lucky with a deflection to claim the ball. WOK 1-0 ALT
51' Clash of heads in the box. Joel Senior is the Alty player but he seems ok. WOK 1-0 ALT
48' Good response from Woking. Loza finds an opening but his shot is blocked. WOK 1-0 ALT
47' Good start to second half from Alty. First Piggott gets away down the left but his cross is cleared and then Hancock hits a good shot but it's just over. WOK 1-0 ALT
Mullarkey will drop back to centre half.
Moult is on for Zouma.
Incidentally the goal is being credited to Kyran Lofthouse.
Looks like Jake Moult's coming on for the second half.
That's half time. Alty trail by a goal to nil. There's not been much between the teams in general play but Woking have threatened from set pieces and got the goal from the scruffiest of corners. Alty's best chance fell to Joe Piggott but, as with most of Alty's efforts throughout the half, it was off target. Alty are indebted to Tony Thompson for two fine saves to keep them in it and will have to live up to their billing as the league's best second half team here if they're to get anything from this one.
Booking for Kosylo. Presumably for dissent. That's a silly one. WOK 1-0 ALT
Two added minutes. WOK 1-0 ALT
44' Colclough finds space in the area but fires into the side netting. WOK 1-0 ALT
43' Chances at both ends! Hancock's long range effort is turned aside but then Woking counter attack and Thompson produces his second fine save. WOK 1-0 ALT
37' Colclough has another shooting chance from distance but again it's off target. Ryan doesn't have his shooting boots on yet. WOK 1-0 ALT
35' The game's gone a bit scrappy. Another corner to Woking. WOK 1-0 ALT
30' What a save from Tony Thompson! Loza bursts past Ogle and it looked a goal all over until Tony got a hand down and palmed it away. WOK 1-0 ALT
29' Colclough finds space on the edge of the area from a quick Senior throw-in but his shot is wild. WOK 1-0 ALT
27' Williams's clever quick free kick almost gets Piggott in but the defender does enough. WOK 1-0 ALT
23' Another freekick to Woking, which lands on the roof of the net. WOK 1-0 ALT
22' Senior prevents a second as he cuts out Dempsey's cross inside the six yard box. WOK 1-0 ALT
21' Woking threaten from another set piece but this time the ball pops up for Thompson to claim. WOK 1-0 ALT
18' Goal to Woking. It's so scruffy. Looked to me like it went in off an Alty defender. 1-0
17' Colclough loses it in a dangerous area but Alty block the cross. Corner. 0-0
15' Ashford shoots from distance but it's well wide. Woking having a good spell. 0-0
14' Ashford gets the better of Zouma but his cutback is cleared by Hannigan. 0-0
10' Hancock has a half chance on the edge of the area but it's skied. 0-0
7' Mullarkey does well and the ball almost breaks for him in the box but Ross gathers. 0-0
6' Joe Piggott misses a great chance! He's released by Hancock down the left and races into the area but then skies his effort. That should have been in. 0-0
5' Woking edging it so far. Alty yet to get on the ball. 0-0
2' Mullarkey playing in centre midfield alongside Williams. Jarvis fizzes a dangerous cross in from the left but nobody can get on the end. 0-0
Alty wearing all yellow tonight. Woking in their traditional red and white halved shirts.
Woking team: Ross, Casey, Cooper, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Jarvis, Lofthouse, Dempsey, Ashford, Loza. Subs: Kretschmar, Collier, Muir, Napa, Wareham
Subs: Moult, Ceesay, Bell, Peers, Hardy. So Alty's new loan signing from Stockport County Nyal Bell is on the bench
Alty team: Thompson, Senior, Hannigan, Zouma, Ogle, Mullarkey, Williams, Kosylo, Hancock, Colclough, Piggott
Good evening and welcome to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. It's Laurence Howarth here with the live matchday updates for our visit to Woking.
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