Phil Parkinson will be looking for a positive reaction from his Altrincham side this Tuesday as they welcome Woking to the J. Davidson Stadium.
After suffering their fourth loss on the bounce against Chesterfield, things went from bad to worse for Alty as they fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bromley, who had defender Chris Bush sent off late in the game.
In that defeat to Bromley, National League top scorer Michael Cheek had handed the Ravens the lead after five minutes, as the Robins’ poor run of form looked set to continue.
Despite the early setback, Parkinson’s side soon found themselves level, as Jake Moult’s strike in the 36th minute handed Alty a lifeline.
However, only two minutes later, former Billericay Town defender Joe Kizzi caught the Robins’ napping to restore the hosts’ lead, after heading a deeply swung corner in at the far post.
The game was soon taken out of Altrincham’s hands before the half time break, after the referee awarded Bromley a penalty for a push inside the box. Cheek stepped up to convert the spot kick, handing the hosts a 3-1 lead.
You can watch highlights of our 3-1 defeat to Bromley by pressing play below.
Following this defeat, Altrincham slip further down the Vanarama National League table, falling one more place to 11th, four points away from the final play-off spot, currently occupied by Notts County, having played five more games than the Magpies.
With the Robins’ last victory coming against Torquay United on February 2, 2021, any hopes of Altrincham securing a play-off place rest on the team turning their form around. However, after ending their own winless run at the weekend, Woking will be looking at Tuesday evening’s game as an opportunity to put together a good run of form of their own.
After an impressive start to the season, which saw our opponents win their opening two league games against Solihull Moors and Weymouth, Woking have been inconsistent since and have found themselves flirting with those teams nearer the bottom of the league. Having completed 21 games this season, the Cardinals have seven victories, five draws, and nine losses, scoring 25 but conceding 26 for a goal difference of -1.
Despite their position in the league table, Woking have shown that they have what it takes to match the best sides in this division, beating the likes of Torquay United, Sutton United, Maidenhead United, and Hartlepool United. On top of that, taking the 4-1 loss to Stockport out of the equation, the Cardinals have not conceded more than two goals in any game since December 28.
In their last outing against league leaders Torquay United, this time in the quarter final of the FA Trophy, Jamar Liza’s strike in the 37th minute of the game proved to be enough to take Woking to within one step of a Wembley final. Before that game, the Cardinals secured a 2-0 away league win against struggling Barnet. Loza once again was among the goals, scoring in the 28th minute, before Moussa Diarra doubled their lead with 20 minutes to play.
Tuesday evening’s matchup will be the first meeting between Altrincham and Woking this season. The last time both sides faced one another came on January 26, 2016, when strikes from Michael Rankine, Josh Ginnelly, and Jonny Margetts secured Alty an impressive 3-1 win, with Woking’s goal coming from Giuseppe Sole.
You can watch highlights of that 3-1 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 after 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 football 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 a 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 Woking to the National League in his first season, following a second placed finish in the NL South.
Both sides will know that a win could help turn their seasons around, with Altrincham wanting back into the play-off picture and Woking hoping to climb further away from the bottom end of the table. Plenty to play for.
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Final Score: Altrincham 1 Woking 0. Matty Kosylo's strike, and Tony Thompson's late heroics, secure 10-man Alty all three points to put an end to a losing run of five games. Big performance and an even bigger results. Well played lads!
93' TONY THOMPSON, I BLOOMIN LOVE YOU!! An almighty goalmouth scramble allows Woking a shot on goal, forcing the Alty 'keeper into a spectacular save. Collecting the rebound, the visitors cross the ball into the box, with a flick on forcing Thompson into another tremendous stop. WHAT A MAN! 1-0
90' We are into extra time now. KEEP IT UP ALTY! 1-0
88. The Cards are once again caught on the break, as they struggle to break Alty down. Collecting the ball on the edge of the area, Kosylo scuffs his shot, with the ball drifting wide. 1-0
85' Booking for Joel Senior for delaying the restart of the game. 1-0
Five minutes to go. BIG PUSH LADS! 1-0
83' Altrincham looking dangerous on the break, as the excellent Kosylo feeds Hampson on goal, but his angled shot is collected by Ross in the Woking goal. 1-0
80' Colcough comes off and is replaced by Connor Hampson. Great shift from Ryan! 1-0
78' SOOO close to a second Alty goal. Kosylo and Senior does brilliantly down the left, after the Robins broke on the Woking goal. Senior's low ball into the box narrowly evades Peers, who would have almost certainly scored with any touch. Almost! 1-0
72' Final sub for Woking. Matt Jarvis comes on for Malachi Napa. 1-0
70' Twenty minutes left. COME ON YOU ROBINS! 1-0
68' GOAL FOR ALTY!!!! Substitute Peers has an immediate impact on the game, breaking into the penalty area, before setting Kosylo up to side foot the ball into the back of the net. GET IN!! 1-0
66' Another sub for Alty, as Montel Gibson is replaced by Tom Peers. 0-0
65' Woking come so close to an opening goal, as the Robins were carved apart. Jonte Smith fires a low shot right across the face of goal. All it needed was a touch to go in. 0-0
59' Two subs for Woking, as Jonte Smith and Max Kretzschmar come on for Jayden Wareham and Tommy Block. Kretzschmar almost receives a booking with his first piece of play! 0-0
54' More pressure from the Cardinals but so far, the Robins have been more than a match. A dangerous looking run down the wing is defended well, as the ball goes behind for a goal kick. 0-0
49' As expected, Woking are pressing hard knowing they are playing against ten men. A deep ball into the box almost finds a Woking attacker, but Zouma pressures him well, with Thompson sweeping up the danger. 0-0
46' Second Half underway. COME ON ALTY! 0-0
Half Time: A decent half of football from Altrincham but they find themselves a man down, after Hannigan was adjudged to have been the last man in bringing down Wareham. Big 45 minutes ahead for Alty, as they look to get something out of this game. Altrincham 0 Woking 0.
45' Yellow card for Ryan Colclough. 0-0
45' Into extra time. 0-0
43' Woking counter after a good period of pressure from Alty. Wareham, the man at the centre of the earlier dismissal, sprints down the wing, before firing his cross just out of the reach of Malachi Napa. 0-0
35' Yusifu Ceesay's evening is over, as the forward is brought off and replaced by Mullarkey. 0-0
33' Red Card for Altrincham, what a strange decision from the referee. Wareham goes down softly, with the official judging Hannigan to have brought him down as the last man. The Woking player seemed to just lose his footing. Going to be a long evening now. 0-0
28' The Robins starting to have a bit more time on the ball. A deep corner taken by Kosylo finds the returning Colclough, but his attempt on goal produces a fine save from Ross. 0-0
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25' Another yellow card, this time for Jack Cook, after a very late challenge on Hannigan. 0-0
21' A disallowed goal for Alty as Jake Moult smashes the ball home from six yards out. Unfortunately, the linesman has his flag up. 0-0
20' Twenty minutes in and not too much to report. It is one of those games where you can tell just how important a result would be for both teams. 0-0
14' The Cardinals are starting to take contol of proceedings, threatening Thompson's goal once again, with a looping header needing to be cleared off the line. 0-0
12' Woking come close to opening the scoring, as Jamar Loza collects the ball from Wareham, before dragging his effort across the face of goal. 0-0
10' A stoppage in play as Lofthouse receives treatment on an injury. 0-0
5' First booking of the day for Gerring, following a late challenge from the Woking defender in the centre of the pitch. 0-0
4' Woking respond with a decent cross into the box, one which needs clearing as the visiting attacker was lurking at the far post 0-0
3' A reasonable start for Alty, who are enjoying most of the possession so far. 0-0
0' AND HERE WE GO! The Cardinals get us underway! 0-0
Teams are making their way out onto the pitch. Woking lining up in yellow, while the Robins don their usual home kit of red shirt, black shorts, and white socks. COME ON ALTY!!
A special mention should go out to captain Jake Moult, who is making his 400th appearance for the Robins tonight! What an absolute Alty legend Moulty is!!
Twenty minutes until kickoff. Phil Parkinson will be hoping his side can arrest their poor run of form, which has seen them go winless in their last five matches.
Teams news, this time for the Robins, who see Reagan Ogle, Yoan Zouma and Montel Gibson make their debuts, having signed on loan during the week. Starting XI: Thompson, Senior, Hannigan, Zouma, Ogle, Moult (c), Smith, Colclough, Kosylo, Ceesay, Gibson. Substitutes for Alty: Hampson, Peers, Mullarkey, Harrison, Hardy
Team news, starting with our guests Woking: Ross, Cook, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Lofthouse, Dempsey, Napa, Block, Wareham, Loza. Substitutes for the Cardinals: Casey, Cooper, Smith, Kretzschmar, Jarvis.
It's matchday! Join us live on Alty TV from 6:30pm this evening, we're airing an exclusive interview with captain Jake Moult, who is set to make his 400th appearance for the club.
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