Match Centre

Notts County (A)
19:30 - Saturday 18th December 2021
FA Trophy (Meadow Lane)
Goals: Tom Hannigan [21']
Goals (Opponent): Ruben Rodrigues [14' pen] Kyle Wootton [42']
Attendance: 1248
Referee: Daniel Middleton
1 Tony Thompson
3 Connor Hampson
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
8 Adam Porter
11 Ryan Colclough
15 Matty Kosylo
17 Ben Pringle
24 Joel Senior
25 Toby Mullarkey
28 Dean Furman
Notts County
1 Sam Slocombe
2 Richard Brindley
4 Kyle Cameron (c)
5 Connell Rawlinson
7 Kairo Mitchell
9 Kyle Wootton
17 Frank Vincent
18 Matt Palmer
20 Ruben Rodrigues
22 Connor Parsons
26 Jayden Richardson
10 Cal Roberts
12 Tiernan Brooks
14 Ed Francis
19 Elisha Sam
23 Adam Chicksen
24 Alex Lacey
17 Dec 2021 by John Edwards

*Marcus on the mark .. Alty were on their way to a 1-0 league win over Notts County after this close-range finish by Marcus Dinanga earlier this season. Picture by Michael Ripley.

Ed Painter reports:

The Robins will be putting their league campaign on hold this weekend when they face Notts County in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Following the narrow 1-0 defeat to Bromley, Alty were left stunned as an energised Nantwich Town side put in an impressive performance to knock them out of the Cheshire Senior Cup, winning 3-2 at The J. Davidson Stadium.

Josh Hancock put the hosts ahead after just 35 seconds, collecting Ben Pringle’s pass before finishing past Andy Wycherley in the Nantwich net.

The men in green levelled matters in the 21st minute when Dan Cockerline tucked the ball home after Matt Gould had parried Connor Heath’s powerful left-footed shot into the striker’s path.

Altrincham were ahead once again just after the half-hour mark through Pringle, with the experienced midfielder showing his quality by unleashing an unstoppable piledriver of a shot out of nowhere that flew beyond the reach of the diving Wycherley.

Nantwich remained undeterred, and, eight minutes later, they were back on terms when substitute Joel Stair guided a header expertly inside the right post from a left-wing cross.

The Robins were being put under plenty of pressure as the Dabbers could smell blood. On the stroke of half-time, the visitors took the lead, forcing the Alty defence into a mistake which left Cockerline enough time to steer the ball beyond Gould’s fingertips.

Dean Furman, returning to the side after an injury lay-off, tested the reflexes of Wycherley late in the second half with a well-struck shot, before Tom Peers headed wide from a good position four minutes into added time.

But there was no denying the visitors, or their following in a crowd of 276, as they held out for a deserved win.

Last Meeting

This will be the second time we have faced Notts County this season, with the first meeting taking place at The J. Davidson Stadium on September 25th. On that occasion, Marcus Dinanga’s first-half strike saw the Robins secure all three points.

County enjoyed an encouraging opening, but the hosts went close when Dan Mooney tested loanee keeper Anthony Patterson seconds before Ryan Colclough fired across the face of goal.

Phil Parkinson’s side took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Dinanga got the decisive touch to Colclough's shot, stretching out a boot to turn the ball home from close range.

County came close to levelling the score just before half-time as midfielder Matt Palmer volleyed over from inside the penalty area, much to the relief of the home supporters.

Alty kept the pressure up after the restart but were thwarted by Patterson, who had joined Notts on loan from League One side Sunderland. After denying Colclough with an athletic save, the shot-stopper was once again on hand to keep the winger's free-kick from hitting the back of the net.

Ruben Rodrigues came within a whisker of snatching a point for County late in the game, receiving the ball on the edge of the six-yard box from Aaron Nemane, but he sliced the ball wide when many expected to see the ball find the bottom corner.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below

The Opponents

After relegation from the Football League for the first time in their 157-year history, following an underwhelming 2018/19 campaign, our hosts on Saturday will have their hearts set on achieving promotion back to League Two as soon as they possibly can.

However, the National League is as competitive as it has ever been and bouncing back has proved to be a much harder task, with Notts currently enjoying their third season at this level.

To their credit, they have come very close, but Notts have yet to find a way of navigating the play-offs, losing to Harrogate Town in the final two years ago before their semi-final defeat to Torquay United last season.

Currently, as many predicted before the 2021/22 campaign got underway, the Magpies are right in the mix when it comes to fighting for promotion. Sat in seventh, Ian Burchnall’s side are only four points behind league leaders Chesterfield, albeit having played one game more than the Spireites.

From the 19 games they have played, Notts have a record of 10 wins, five draws and four losses, scoring 33 and conceding 22 for a goal difference of +11. Interestingly, Alty have scored the same number of goals this season, although we have conceded seven more than Saturday’s hosts.

Despite a blip against Eastleigh on November 20th, losing 2-0 at the Silverlake Stadium, County have been resurgent, drawing against promotion rivals Boreham Wood before securing back-to-back wins against Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United, the latter of which being their third home win in a row.

Last Match

In their last match against Southend, Kyle Wootton's double capped a fine team performance as Notts ran out 4-1 winners at Meadow Lane.

The 25-year-old forward moved into double figures for the season with his two goals, which both came in the second half as the Magpies pulled clear of their opponents.

Despite the scoreline, Southend had actually taken an early lead when striker Sam Dalby opened the scoring after only 10 minutes.

That was as good as it got though for the visitors, as Callum Roberts equalised before Wootton's brace, and Kyle Cameron completed the scoring two minutes from time.

The Manager

Notts County are managed by Ian Burchnall, who took over at Meadow Lane after the departure of Neal Ardley and Greg Abbott on March 24th this year. This is the 38-year-old’s first spell as a manager in the UK, following several years abroad.

Burchnall threw himself into coaching at 22 years of age with a role at the University of Leeds. He rapidly progressed and, before long, he was handed coaching roles in the Academies of Leeds United and Bradford City.

The current Notts manager got his first break when he became the assistant-manager to Brian Deane at Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08. After two years at Sarpsborg Stadion, he accepted a similar position with Eliteserien rivals Viking, before becoming first-team manager on November 24th, 2016.

However, after only a season with the Dark Blues, he moved to Sweden to take over at Ostersund, after previous manager Graham Potter accepted the first-team manager role with Swansea City. Despite struggling on the pitch, Burchnall is widely credited by the Ostersund support for keeping the club in the top tier of Swedish football and, as a show of gratitude, they hosted a party to thank him for his services after his departure.

Tasked with getting Notts back into the Football League, Burchnall looked to be steering his side down the right path, with Notts finishing fifth and securing a home tie against Chesterfield in the play-offs. After an entertaining 3-2 win against the Spireites, County travelled south to face Torquay United, only to lose 4-2 and miss out on a Wembley final.

Last five league games

Notts County: WLDWW (F9 A5)

Altrincham: WDLDL (F9 A8)

What are we saying?

Phil Parkinson spoke to Brian Flynn after Bromley survived a second half bombardment to take all three points from their visit to The J. Davidson Stadium.

What are they saying?

County manager Ian Burchnall spoke after his sides’ 4-1 home win against Southend United.

Ticket details

Adult: £10

Senior (65 and over): £7

18-21 years: £7

Under-18: £3

Under 12: £1

You can buy your advance match tickets by following the link below. Remember, away supporters will be situated in The Jimmy Sirrel Stand.

Listen to the game Live on Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery. 

The broadcast starts at 7.15pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Radio Alty

The commentary team is Brian Flynn, Mark Simpson and Ian Wilkinson.

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Match Centre:

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FT: Top effort from the Alty lads but we are just not able to find that all-important second goal. (2-1)
94' Thompson scurries off his line to deny Notts a third goal. Corner to County. (2-1)
92' Porter takes it and finds Hampson, but he blazes over. (2-1)
90' Senior is then brought down right on the edge of the area. Free-kick only! (2-1)
90' Senior's cross is blocked by Cameron. Five minutes of extra time. (2-1)
88' Richardson has a shot which is blocked by Hannigan. Corner to Notts. (2-1)
86' The mist is descending as we approach the final few minutes. Mullarkey then brings down a Notts player and the hosts have a free-kick. (2-1)
81' A long stoppage in play after Mullarkey is down. The defender is eventually patched up and can continue. (2-1)
80' Final change for Alty as Kosylo is replaced by Dinanga. (2-1)
79' Corner for Alty now after good work from Mullarkey. Ball is headed clear, comes back to Colclough, but his shot is saved. (2-1)
77' Corner for Notts. Comes to nothing as Alty restart play with a goal kick. (2-1)
76' Alty win the ball back in midfield and Colclough has another opportunity to fire at the Notts goal. Just over from the Alty attacker. (2-1)
75' Free-kick for Notts. Deflected off the Robins' defence and Thompson just about gets a boot to the ball. Top save. (2-1)
73' Another good move almost has the Robins level.Pringle has all the space in the world to shoot, but Sloclombe makes the save. It is all Alty at the moment. (2-1)
73' Looks like he is fine to continue. Slocombe gets the game back underway. (2-1)
72' A stoppage in play with a County man down. (2-1)
70' WE'VE STRUCK THE POST. Terrific play from the Robins sees Colclough with the ball at his feet. He takes on his marker, cuts inside, but his shot strikes the left-hand post. (2-1)
68' Thompson is on hand once again to keep County at bay, palming Mitchell's effort away from danger. (2-1)
67' Agonisingly close from Pringle. The midfielder charges forward after a good ball from Colclough, but his shot dribbles past the foot of the post. (2-1)
64' Alty change as Dean Furman is replaced by Josh Hancock (2-1)
64' A shot from Moult stings the hands of Slocombe. Corner kick. (2-1)
63' Senior is brought down and Alty have a free-kick in a dangerous position. (2-1)
61' The young midfielder is fine to continue and play is resumed. (2-1)
60' A stoppage in play after Porter goes down following a challenge in the middle of the pitch. (2-1)
58' A deflected Notts shot goes behind for a corner. Cleared off the line by Furman. (2-1)
57' Great save from Thompson, who denies Mitchell from adding a third to the hosts' tally. (2-1)
56' Another ambitious shot from Colclough, with Slocombe out of position, but the effort is high and wide. (2-1)
54' Cleared at the near post by Furman. (2-1)
54' Corner for Notts. (2-1)
51' Half punched by Slocombe and Hannigan is presented with a great chance to score. The defender fires over. (2-1)
51' Another corner for the Robins. Porter's shot takes a deflection. (2-1)
50' Good work from Mullarkey, who wins Alty another corner. (2-1)
49' Palmer tries his luck from range, but Thompson tips the ball around the foot of the post. (2-1)
48' Comfortable save for Thompson, who deals with Vincent's long-range effort. (2-1)
47' Kosylo breaks into the box but the ball is deflected behind. (2-1)
46' We are back underway. Big 45 minutes ahead for Phil Parkinson's men. (2-1)
HT: The Robins behind at the break. Hannigan levelled the score for Alty after Rodrigues had given the hosts the lead, but Wootton's goal just before the break has Notts ahead (2-1)
45' One minute of extra time. (2-1)
42' Notts are ahead. Kyle Wootton stabs the ball home from close range. (2-1)
39' No idea how Colclough hasn't won a free-kick there!! The attacker dribbles his way through several challenges before getting bundled over. Ref not interested. (1-1)
38' Great ball from Hampson down the left looks to have played Pringle in on goal, only for the linesman to raise his flag. (1-1)
36' Cameron hits one from range but Thompson is on hand to tip the ball around the post. (1-1)
34' Rawlinson looks to play a teammate through on goal, but he overcooks his pass and Thompson deals with it. (1-1)
32' Good attacking play from Alty but they can't capitalise as Colclough's effort from the edge of the area is collected by Slocombe. (1-1)
31' Good tracking back from Porter, who dispossesses the Notts attacker as he looks to work his way into the box. (1-1)
28' Richardson pings the ball to the far post, but Kyle Wootton can't quite reach as it sails over his head. (1-1)
28' Comes to nothing. (1-1)
27' Free-kick to Notts in a dangerous position. Colclough picks up a yellow for a foul. (1-1)
25' SOO CLOSE TO A SECOND. Hannigan does brilliantly down the left-hand side, before the fullback tried to pick Porter out inside the box. Unlucky not to make stronger contact on the ball as the Notts' defence recovers. (1-1)
21' NOT BEHIND FOR LONG. 'Keeper spills a cross into the box and it looks like Hannigan is on hand to turn the ball home. (1-1)
20' Pringle dances his way through the Notts half, before the midfielder's shot is deflected over the bar. (1-0)
17' Parsons breaks into the penalty area, but Senior pulls off a cracking challenge. Corner to County. (1-0)
14' Rodrigues gives Notts the lead. He sends the 'keeper the wrong way (1-0)
13' Penalty to Notts. (0-0)
11' Good run from Pringle down the left sees Kosylo collect the ball 20 yards out from goal. A touch or two later, he has a shot but the ball takes a heavy deflection and the 'keeper saves comfortably. (0-0)
10' A long-range effort from Colclough is well wide of Slocombe's goal. (0-0)
9' A long ball forward from the Notts defender is smothered at the feet of Vincent by Thompson. (0-0)
5' Headed clear by the Alty defence. (0-0)
4' First corner of the game goes to Notts. (0-0)
3' The set piece finds Moult at the back post, but he is offside. (0-0)
3' Vincent fouls Colclough and Alty have a free-kick midway in the Notts half. (0-0)
2' Good pressure from Kosylo, who forces the 'keeper into a hurried clearance. (0-0)
1' We are underway. COME ON YOU REDS! (0-0)
Teams are on their way out. Kick-off is just around the corner.
Half an hour until we get underway at Meadow Lane. A big chance for the Robins to respond to Tuesday evening's disappointing defeat. Couldn't ask for a tougher opponent but we have already beaten Notts earlier in the season. Can we do it again?
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Tony Thompson, Connor Hampson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Adam Porter, Ryan Colclough, Matty Kosylo, Ben Pringle, Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, Dean Furman. Subs: Marcus Dinanga, Josh Hancock, Kennedy Digie, David Fitzpatrick, Matty Gould, Tom Peers, Danny Whitehead.
Notts County Team News: Starting XI: Sam Slocombe, Kyle Cameron (c), Connell Rawlinson, Richard Brindley, Connor Parsons, Jayden Richardson, Matt Palmer, Ruben Rodrigues, Frank Vincent, Kairo Mitchell, Kyle Wootton. Subs: Tiernan Brooks, Alex Lacey, Adam Chicksen, Ed Francis, Cal Roberts, Elisha Sam.
Goof afternoon and welcome to today's Matchday LIVE coverage of our FA Trophy Third Round tie against Notts County. The Robins enter this fixture off the back of a disappointing 2-3 defeat to Nantwich Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup, while Notts will be eager to carry on where they left off after a 4-1 win over Southend United. With a place in the Fourth Round up for grabs, can Alty get back to winning ways at Meadow Lane? Your updates are brought to you remotely by Ed Painter.
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