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1-2
Solihull Moors (H)
19:45 - Tuesday 26th October 2021
National League (The J.Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Barry Baggley [15']
Goals (Opponent): Justin Donawa [46'] Joe Sbarra [72']
Attendance: 3683
Referee: Martin Woods
Altrincham
21 Matthew Gould
24 Joel Senior
19 David Fitzpatrick
4 Ritchie Sutton
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
28 Dean Furman
79
10 Josh Hancock
23 Tom Peers
31 Barry Baggley
32 Tom Walker
Substitutes
79
Solihull Moors
1 Ryan Boot
2 Tyrone Williams
3 Jordan Cranston
4 Kyle Storer (c)
5 Callum Howe
8 Callum Maycock
9 Adam Rooney
10 Jamey Osborne
63
17 Justin Donawa
24 Danny Newton
63
25 Lois Maynard
Substitutes
7 Joe Sbarra
63
11 Ryan Barnett
14 Harry Boyes
18 James Ball
19 Andrew Dallas
63
25 Oct 2021 by John Edwards

The Robins will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday evening as Solihull Moors, and the BT Sport cameras, visit The J. Davidson Stadium.

After a hard fought 3-2 win in the FA Cup against Southport, Alty were unable to build upon that momentum at the weekend, losing 2-1 to an Eastleigh side which had lost only one of their previous six games in all competitions.

Captain Jake Moult’s early strike gave Phil Parkinson’s side the lead at half-time, with the midfielder hooking the ball into the top corner after both Tom Hannigan and Tom Peers had headed on Matty Kosylo’s corner.

Eastleigh responded well after the break and soon found themselves level through substitute Danny Hollands, whose towering near-post header flashed into the far corner from Tom Whelan’s corner.

The Spitfires turned the game on its head with just over an hour gone, as Whelan’s impressive free-kick curled over the wall and was perfectly placed into the top corner.

Alty came close late on through Moult and Peers, with the latter an inch away from replicating his goal against Maidenhead United a fortnight earlier, but it proved to be too little too late for the Robins, who headed back north empty-handed.

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

https://youtu.be/ti1j-sHlmug

Following that result, the Robins dropped to ninth in the Vanarama National League, three points behind Solihull in the final play-off place, having played one less game than Tuesday’s visitors.

Last Meeting

This will be the first meeting between the sides since last season’s game at Damson Park on May 3rd. On that occasion, Alty were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline to leave them winless in six games.

Jordan Thompson, making only his second Moors appearance following a loan move from Coventry City, fired them into the lead seven minutes before half-time.

Shaun Densmore headed into his own net to double Solihull's lead after the break. The defender attempted to head a dangerous free-kick back to Matty Gould, but the ball flew over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Striker Kyle Hudlin bagged the hosts third of the game in the 66th minute, outpacing loanee defender Yoan Zouma before prodding the ball through Gould’s legs.

And not long before the final whistle, Cameron Archer rubbed salt into the Robins’ wounds with a fourth goal, timing his run well before finishing coolly past the visiting keeper.

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

https://youtu.be/JTT3nTkl-Z0

The Opponents

Following their promotion to this level as the 2015/16 National League North champions, Solihull Moors did not take very long to make themselves at home.

After mid-table finishes the following two seasons, tomorrow’s visitors came within a whisker of stamping their ticket to the Football League, following a 2018/19 campaign which saw them qualify for the play-offs.

However, having finished second behind champions Leyton Orient, the Moors could not get past the semi-final stage, losing 1-0 to AFC Fylde.

Missing out in such a fashion did not seem to affect them much as they mounted another promotion push the following season. However, after the final standings were decided by PPG (points per game), due the Coronavirus pandemic, Solihull were left to settle for a ninth-place finish.

Following a disappointing mid-table finish at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, the Moors, under the management of Neal Ardley, have wasted little time this season, sitting seventh after six wins, four draws and only two defeats from the 12 games they have played.

They enter Tuesday evening’s game on a good run of form, having won three and drawn one of their last four games. You would have to look back to September 25th for their last defeat, a game which saw Dagenham & Redbridge put five past them at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Last Match

In their last game against FC Halifax Town, Callum Maycock's goal earned Solihull a fourth consecutive home victory in the National League.

After a closely-contested first half, Solihull edged their way ahead. In the 52nd minute, James Ball picked Andrew Dallas out with a well-executed pass before the striker put the ball on a plate for Maycock to finish.

Moors were unlucky not to double their advantage on the 66th minute as Dallas’ shot drew an excellent save from Sam Johnson, the Halifax goalkeeper.

Halifax grew back into the game and pressed for an equaliser, but resolute defending, coupled with a smart save from Ryan Boot in added time, ensured that Ardley’s men picked up all three points.

The Manager

Solihull Moors are coached by Neal Ardley, who took over the first team affairs in 2018. Following a playing career with Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff City and Millwall, Neal got his first taste of management when he was appointed the Cardiff City Academy manager in August, 2007.

After five years in Wales, Neal moved back to England to become the manager of AFC Wimbledon, then of League Two, in October, 2012. Establishing the club in the Football League, he achieved even greater success by helping the Dons achieve promotion to League One, winning the 2015/16 play-off final 2-0 against Plymouth Argyle at Wembley.

He departed the Dons in November, 2018 by mutual consent, following a run of 10 defeats in 12 games. Shortly after, he took charge of Notts County, but after failing to help the club bounce back from a devastating relegation, he was given his marching orders.

A short three-month break was to follow, but ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, he assumed his position with Solihull on June 14th.

A win for Altrincham could move them into the final play-off place, above Notts County and Solihull. However, a win for tomorrow’s visitors could see them climb to third, depending on results elsewhere.

Last five league games

Altrincham: WLWDL (F9 A8)

Solihull Moors: WWWDW (F5 A0)

What are they saying?

You can listen to Solihull manager Ardley's reaction to their 1-0 win over FC Halifax here.

https://youtu.be/lQmxC_deBnY

Ticket details

Adults: £5 - yes, £5 for this game!

Concessions: £5

Juniors: £5

Under-12s: Free

Listen to the game live on Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 7.30pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Radio Alty.

The commentary team is John Helm and Paul Salt.

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:

1) By visiting our Match Centre on the club website

2) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

3) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

4) https://mixlr.com/radio-robins

Other ways to follow the game

Not coming to The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday? You can also keep up to date via the following ways.

Twitter: https://bit.ly/3aVy5MC

Match Centre: https://bit.ly/3py78qX

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FT: Second half goals from Donawa and Sbarra see the visitors take all three points at the J. Davidson Stadium. (1-2)
93' Another good save from Ryan Boot, who smothers the ball well at the feet of Tom Peers. (1-2)
90' Six additional minutes of extra time. (1-2)
89' Pringle's cross into the box is hacked clear by a yellow shirt. (1-2)
87' Terrific save from Gould, who tips Donawa's effort over the crossbar. (1-2)
84' HOW CLOSE WAS THAT!!! A terrific ball into the box from Fitzpatrick finds Baggley running in at the far post. The young midfielder gets a good touch to the ball, but it dribbles agonisingly wide! (1-2)
81' Dallas breaks forward and pings the ball into the box. Not a yellow shirt in sight. (1-2)
79. First change for Alty as Dean Furman is replaced by Ben Pringle. (1-2)
78' Almost a leveller for Alty. Furman wins the ball well once again, before feeding the ball to Peers. The striker's effort takes a wicked deflection, almost catching the 'keeper out! (1-2)
72' Solihull lead. Sbarra finds the back of the net. (1-2)
71' Looks like he is fine to continue. Play resumes. (1-1)
70' A great diving block from Furman, denying a powerful goalbound shot. The midfielder has stayed down though and needs treatment. (1-1)
66' A mazy run from Senior, who fires a dangerous ball across the goalmouth. Nobody was there to turn it home. (1-1)
62' A bit of a coming together between Moult and Williams. Referee is having to calm things down here. (1-1)
61' Great knockdown from Peers, who plays Hancock into space, but a deflection takes the ball behind. Corner kick. (1-1)
59' Kyle Storer is brought down as Solihull break towards goal, Jake Moult is booked. (1-1)
55' Great play from Senior, who once again has Cranston's number, but his low ball into the box is smothered by Boot. (1-1)
54' Senior is tripped by Osborne, who picks up a yellow cared. Free-kick Alty. (1-1)
49' A good delivery from Baggley is punched clear by the 'keeper. (1-1)
48' Senior skins his man alive and Alty have a free-kick in a dangerous position. (1-1)
46' Solihull strike back right from the kick-off. Justin Donawa with the goal. (1-1)
46' We are back underway! Tonight's attendance has also been announced as 3683, with 123 from Solihull Moors. (1-0)
HT: The much-changed Robins go into the break ahead, courtesy of Barry Baggley's early strike. (1-0)
45+4' Tom Walker does brilliantly to steal the ball off Maycock, forcing the Solihull man to bring him down.He picks up a yellow! (1-0)
45+2' Baggley tries his luck from range but the ball is heavily deflected, leading to an easy save. (1-0)
45' Four minutes of extra time! (1-0)
43' Solihull beat the offside trap, although he looked off from where I am.Ball eventually sits up for Rooney, but his overhead kick clears the stand. (1-0)
40' Not too far away from Solihull. The ball bobbles to the feat of Maycock inside the area, but he gets underneath the ball and slices it wide. (1-0)
39' Almost a costly mistake for the visitors. Furman once again picks the Solihull defender clean, before playing the ball back to Hancock. His shot from distance just clears the goal. (1-0)
35' A half chance for Solihull as a cross finds Rooney in the box, but his header is well over the crossbar. (1-0)
31' Furman snatches the ball off a yellow shirt and picks out Hancock on the edge of the box, but the midfielder's effort is well saved. (1-0)
30' A deep ball finds Howe in the penalty area, but he is climbing all over his man. Free-kick Alty. (1-0)
29' Dean Furman and Jamey Osborne come together and Solihull have another set piece. The Moors' man looks like he may have hurt himself. (1-0)
27' Justin Donawa fizzes a dangerous ball into the box, but the Alty defence deals with the dangers well. (1-0)
23' Walker brings down his man and Solihull have a free-kick just inside the Alty half. (1-0)
21' Tom Hannigan looks to be in the wars but the centre-back is soldiering through (1-0)
15' On his debut!!! Great all-round team play as Barry Baggley is played into the box, before his first time finish flies into the back of the net. (1-0)
13' Kyle Storer and Barry Baggley go for a fifty fifty and the Solihull man comes off worse. (0-0)
11' Cranston's corner is headed over at the near post by Lois Maynard. (0-0)
0' Back-to-back corners for Solihull. (0-0)
8' Not the best of deliveries from Cranston, who cant beat the first man. (0-0)
7' Free-kick to the visitors. (0-0)
6' Jordan Cranston charges forward with the ball but the defender fires over from range. (0-0)
5' Jamey Osborne comes close for Solihull, but he strikes just over the crossbar. (0-0)
4' Furman pings a deep ball towards Peers, but the striker is marginally offside. (0-0)
2' Danny Newton's cross into the box is cleared to safety. (0-0)
1' We are underway at the J. Davidson Stadium. COME ON ALTY!! (0-0)
Players are on their way out. Kick-Off is just a few minutes away.
Less than ten minutes until kick-off. Can the much changed Robins come away from tonight with all three points?
Solihull Moors Team News: Ryan Boot, Tyrone Williams, Jordan Cranston, Kyle Storer (c), Callum Howe, Callum Maycock, Adam Rooney, Jamey Osborne, Justin Donawa, Danny Newton, Lois Maynard. Subs: Joe Sbarra, Ryan Barnett, Harry Boyes, James Ball, Andrew Dallas.
Altrincham Team News: Matty Gould, Joel Senior, David Fitzpatrick, Ritchie Sutton, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Dean Furman, Josh Hancock, Tom Peers, Barry Baggley, Tom Walker. Subs: Shaun Densmore, Ben Pringle, Kwame Osigwe, Sean Higgins, Steven Drench.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's Matchday LIVE coverage of our Vanarama National League game against Solihull Moors. The BT Sport cameras are in town as The Robins look to get back to winning ways against an in-form Solihull Moors side that hasn't conceded a league goal in five games. Tonight's updates are brought to you remotely by Ed Painter. We will bring you some team news as soon as we have it.
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