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1-1
Yeovil Town (A)
19:45 - Tuesday 12th October 2021
National League (Huish Park)
Goals: A-Jay Leitch-Smith [65']
Goals (Opponent): Joe Quigley [58']
Attendance: 1640
Referee: Matthew Russell
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
16
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Dan Mooney
10 Josh Hancock
15 Matty Kosylo
70
16 Brad Jackson
17 Ben Pringle
24 Joel Senior
25 Toby Mullarkey
23
27 A-Jay Leitch-Smith
Substitutes
70
23
Yeovil Town
1 Grant Smith
3 Jordan Barnett
8 Dale Gorman
5 Max Hunt
11 Tom Knowles
75
22 Daniel Moss
86
10 Joe Quigley
26 Ben Seymour
32 Josh Staunton (c)
7 Matt Worthington
88
23 Adi Yussuf
Substitutes
14 Alex Bradley
86
15 Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
21 Jack Robinson
88
19 Charlie Wakefield
75
12 Max Evans
11 Oct 2021 by John Edwards

*Huish Park awaits Alty as they head for South Somerset to face Yeovil Town. Picture by Jonathan Moore.

Phil Parkinson will be looking for his Altrincham side to continue their fine start to the season when they face Yeovil Town at Huish Park tomorrow evening.

Having been dealt their first home defeat of the season by Grimsby Town, the Robins bounced back in impressive fashion to beat Maidenhead United 2-0 at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Matty Kosylo and Tom Peers.

Alty could have had edged ahead just before the break when Josh Hancock’s shot at goal looked destined to hit the back of the net, only for Maidenhead captain Alan Massey to throw his body into the line to keep his side in the game.

The hosts were almost caught out after the restart when a defensive mistake allowed visiting forward Josh Kelly the opportunity to capitalise, before Tony Thompson reacted well to smother the ball at his feet.

Maidenhead’s defence was finally breached in the 56th minute. Shaun Densmore, who was starting his first game of the season, picked Dan Mooney out with a smart ball, allowing the winger to work enough space to cross. Lying in wait, Kosylo was on hand to turn the ball home from yards out.

Tom Hannigan came close for the Robins with a powerful header, before an excellent double save from Rhys Lovett kept Marcus Dinanga and Brad Jackson at bay.

It was only a matter of time before Parkinson’s side ended the Magpies’ resistance and, in the 90th minute, Peers did what he does best by sticking the ball in the back of the net, turning Jackson’s cross past the ‘keeper from the edge of the six-yard box.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NStN6dJwJyI

Following that result, the Robins climbed to eighth in the Vanarama National League table, eight points behind league leaders Grimsby and the same number of points ahead of Yeovil, having played one more game than the Glovers.

This will be the first meeting between the sides since last season’s game on May 22nd. On a day that most Alty fans will surely remember for a long time to come, the Robins ended a run of seven matches without a win by beating Yeovil 4-3 at The J. Davidson Stadium.

Connor Kirby bagged Alty’s first after 19 minutes when the loanee midfielder reacted quickly to hammer a loose ball home from the edge of the penalty area.

Mooney then doubled their lead with an impressive finish to give Alty a two-goal lead at the break in front of a 600-capacity crowd.

Yeovil mounted a second half comeback as goals from Emmanuel Sonupe, Joe Quigley and Charlie Lee had the visitors ahead after 69 minutes.

In what was an action-packed game, Peers drew Altrincham level in the 85th minute, with the substitute firing home from close range.

And deep into stoppage time, Hancock struck beyond the Yeovil ‘keeper from the edge of the six-yard box to secure a dramatic win, one which was joyously received by the Alty faithful.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4081elOfZ5o

The Opponents

Members of the Championship as recently as 2014, Yeovil Town are a club that spent 16 seasons in the Football League, before their relegation from League Two at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Founded in 1895 and originally known as Yeovil Casuals, our hosts on Tuesday have become the latest side with a League pedigree to find a swift returned to the promised land a lot harder than they had previously thought.

After narrowly missing out on promotion in their first season back at this level, they struggled to a 16th-place finish at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Currently, The Glovers sit 15th in the table after three wins, one draw and four losses from their opening eight games, scoring eight but conceding nine.

Our opponents began the season in decent shape, losing the opener to King’s Lynn Town before reeling off three successive wins against Aldershot Town, FC Halifax Town, and Stockport County.

However, their form since then has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table, drawing against Maidenhead United while losing to Chesterfield, Boreham Wood and Notts County. You must go back to their 1-0 win against the Shaymen on September 4 for their last home win.

In their last game against Notts, a brace from Ruben Rodrigues condemned Yeovil to a 2-0 defeat against a County side which had lost their last three in a row.

The visitors opened the scoring after 17 minutes when Matt Palmer passed to Rodrigues who burst into the area and found the bottom corner.

Anthony Patterson, on loan from League One side Sunderland, had a couple of saves to make as the Glovers tried to get back into the game.

However, after Callum Roberts had missed a fine second-half chance, Rodrigues headed in Palmer's corner with nine minutes left to put the game beyond any doubt.

The Manager

Yeovil Town are managed by former Stevenage coach Darren Sarll, who took over on June 19th, 2019. During his playing career, Darren featured for the likes of Hitchin Town, Berkhamsted Town, Bedford Town, St Albans City, Chelmsford City, Dunstable Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Chesham Town and Biggleswade United.

After hanging up his boots, he stepped into the dug-out with Stevenage in 2016, going on to enjoy two seasons with the club, before he was given his marching orders on March 18th, 2018.

Since taking over at Huish Park, Sarll almost led his side back to the Football League at the first time of asking, guiding the club into the 2019/20 play-offs. However, they came unstuck against surprise package Barnet in the quarter-finals, losing 2-0.

The following year proved to be much more of a struggle as the Glovers could only manage a 16th-place finish. With the National League one of the hardest leagues to get promoted out of, pressure will no doubt be on Sarll to steer the club back to where, in their eyes, they believe they belong.

In an effort to give his side the best chance of pushing further up the table, he has overseen a large overhaul of his playing squad this season, with no less than eight players leaving Huish Park over the summer.

Replacing key players such as Rhys Murphy, Charlie Lee and Carl Dickinson was always going to be a daunting task, but the hope is that Adi Yussuf, Mark Little, Charlie Wakefield and Grant Smith, among others, will help the Glovers mount a promotion charge.

A win for Altrincham on Tuesday evening could move the club up to fifth place, while three points for Yeovil could move them as high as 12th.

Last five league games

Yeovil Town: WLLDL (F4 A6)

Altrincham: WWWLW (F12 A6)

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FT: What a heroic effort from Alty, who played with Connor Hampson in goal for the majority of the game. Despite going behind to Joe Quigley's strike, A-Jay Leitch-Smith grabs a well deserved point at Huish Park. (1-1)
92' Mooney hauled down by Jack Robinson, who is rightfully booked. (1-1)
91' Hancock is back in defence to hoof the ball clear. Yeovil banging on the door here. (1-1)
90' The fourth official has announced a minimum of three minutes of extra time. (1-1)
88' Barnett gets a dangerous cross into the box, but the Alty defence is once again on hand to deal with the threat. (1-1)
87' Yussuf brings Leitch-Smith down and Alty have another free-kick. (1-1)
85' Cleared off the line. Don't know who by but in all honesty, who cares. Five minutes to go. (1-1)
85' A shot from Yeovil takes a deflection off Moult. Corner to the hosts. (1-1)
84' Great play from Leitch-Smith once again to find Mooney, but he cant quite get a shot away and the Yeovil defence recovers. A third booking for Alty as Pringle is carded. (1-1)
82' Only some brilliant defending has denied Alty a goal. Great chance from Hancock, but Staunton and the side-netting have denied him there. Elsewhere, Senior has picked up a yellow for dissent. (1-1)
82' Who else has chewed their fingernails to the knuckle?? (1-1)
81' Another save from Hampson, collecting the ball at the second attempt. (1-1)
80' Alty clear the ball but are still under plenty of pressure. (1-1)
75' A snap shot from Quigley could have gone anywhere, but thankfully the ball is off target. (1-1)
73' Almost from Peers. A deep cross from Jackson finds the striker, but his effort is saved well by the 'keeper. (1-1)
72' Another dangerous corner for Yeovil, another powerful punch from Hampson to get the ball clear. (1-1)
70' Final change for Alty as Matty Kosylo is replaced by Tom Peers. (1-1)
67' HAMPSON WITH A TERRIFIC SAVE. A great reaction save from the defender/goalkeeper, before the Alty defence hack the ball away from danger. (1-1)
65' A-JAY YOU BEAUTY. Great play from Mooney, who picks the striker out with a low ball. Simple finish from close range. (1-1)
62' Jackson is having himself a good game today, forcing the Yeovil defence to throw their bodies on the line to block a shot. (1-0)
59' Kosylo reacts angrily to a challenge but is only spoken to by the referee. (1-0)
57' Yeovil take the lead following a routine finish from Quigley. (1-0)
56' Moult is penalised for a push on Yussuf and Yeovil have a free-kick. (0-0)
53' Great interplay between Senior and Hancock. As a result, the Robins win a free-kick. (0-0)
51' A deep ball into the box is plucked out of the air by Hampson. (0-0)
49' A great ball into the box looks to have picked Leitch-Smith out perfectly, but he is judged to be offside. (0-0)
46' We are back underway. COME ON ALTY! (0-0)
HT: We enter the break all square after a scrappy half. We have lost both Tony Thompson and Toby Mullarkey to injury, with Connor Hampson filling in at GK. Big 45 minutes to come! (0-0)
45+2' Gorman swings a free-kick in and Hampson gets a strong punch to the ball to clear the danger. (0-0)
45' CLOSE FROM ALTY! Leitch-Smith picks out Hancock, who in turn picks out Mooney on the edge of the area, but the winger curls his effort inches over the crossbar. (0-0)
45' A left-footed in swinger is headed wide by Yeovil skipper Josh Staunton. The fourth official has announced a minimum of six minutes of extra time. (0-0)
43' Jake Moult with a fantastic defensive header, winning the ball as well as a free-kick. (0-0)
42' Moss brings the ball forward for Yeovil, but Kosylo does brilliantly to nick the ball off the Millwall loanee. (0-0)
40' Leitch-Smith does well there to win the Robins a corner. (0-0)
39' Senior slides the ball through his marker's legs but is brought down. Free-kick Alty. (0-0)
37' Gorman drills the set piece wide of the wall and wide of the post. (0-0)
35' Josh Hancock picks up a yellow card. Yeovil have a free-kick. (0-0)
34' Excellent play by Jackson, who skips a challenge or two, but his cross into the box goes behind for a goal kick. (0-0)
30' Better play from the Robins, who work the ball up the pitch well. Play is eventually broken up when Mooney fouls his man. (0-0)
28' Leitch-Smith is brought down and Alty have a free-kick. (0-0)
27' Brad Jackson clears the danger under pressure. Yeovil pressing for an opener here. (0-0)
23' A second enforced change for Alty as Dean Furman replaces Mullarkey. (0-0)
22' Play is resumed and the Robins have a goal kick. (0-0)
21' Another stoppage in play, this time with Mullarkey down and needing treatment. (0-0)
18' Free-kick to Yeovil is well defended by Alty! (0-0)
18' WHAT A SAVE FROM HAMPSON! Gets a strong hand to a powerful shot. More of the same please, Connor! (0-0)
17' Play is resumed! (0-0)
16' An enforced substitution.Connor Hampson is taking Thompson's place in goal! (0-0)
14' It is not looking good as Ryan Murray is helping Thompson to the side of the pitch. (0-0)
11' A stoppage in play as Tony Thompson needs some treatment. (0-0)
8' A really well struck shot from Tom Knowles drifts wide of the post. Thompson looked confident that one was going wide. (0-0)
5' A good run by Leitch-Smith, who tries to pick a teammate out inside the box, but the ball is deflected behind for a corner. (0-0)
3' Good save from Thompson, who denies Yussuf with his right foot! (0-0)
2' Joe Quigley has a shot from just outside the area, but it is comfortably over the crossbar. (0-0)
1’ The whistle is blown and we have kick-off. COME ON YOU ROBINS!!!! (0-0)
Teams are on their way out. We will be underway in a matter of minutes.
Players are warming up and kick-off is not far that far away at all now. Who else is looking forward to this evening?
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Tony Thompson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Dan Mooney, Josh Hancock, Matty Kosylo, Brad Jackson, Ben Pringle, Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, A-Jay Leitch-Smith. Subs: Shaun Densmore, Connor Hampson, Marcus Dinanga, Tom Peers, Dean Furman.
Yeovil Town Team News: Starting XI: Grant Smith, Jordan Barnett, Dale Gorman, Max Hunt, Tom Knowles, Daniel Moss, Joe Quigley, Ben Seymour, Josh Staunton (c), Matt Worthington, Adi Yussuf. Subs: Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Jack Robinson, Charlie Wakefield, Max Evans.
Just over two hours to go until we kick off at Huish Park, with a win taking the Robins into the play-off places. Team news for both sides will be announced as soon as possible.
Good afternoon and welcome to tonight's Matchday LIVE coverage of our game against Yeovil Town. The Robins bounced back from last week's defeat to Grimsby Town by beating an out of form Maidenhead United side 2-0, with goals coming from Matty Kosylo and Tom Peers in the second half. Will be another tough one today but can Alty overcome this challenge and secure their fifth win from six games? Your live updates are brought to you remotely by Ed Painter.
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