ALTRINCHAM FC MATCH REPORTS
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ALTRINCHAM (1) 1
CHESTERFIELD (0) 0
played on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 at 7.45pm
A fine goal from Matty Kosylo settled this game in the hosts' favour against a Chesterfield side lacking bite up front. Kosylo was a fitting scorer, given his Ukrainian heritage on a night in which Alty wore their away kit whose colours mirror the Ukrainian flag's colours as the coutry resisted Russian aggression.
The opening stages were largely uneventful with the visitors having the better of things without doing much to threaten the hosts. The Spireites then failed to capitalise on four corners in as many minutes just before the half-hour mark.
Chesterfield had the better of the half but fell behind early in the second half when the hosts' first real attempt on goal, a 25-yarder from Kosylo, took an unpredictable bounce to beat Loach (48 mins).
The second half was a bit better as a spectacle but neither keeper was seriously troubled. However, six substitutions and four bookings did little to aid the flow of the second period.
- 48 mins: Matty KOSYLO (ALTRINCHAM 1 Chesterfield 0)
REFEREE: Mr Greg Rollason
ATTENDANCE: 2,042 (784 in away section)
Altrincham were without Jordan Hulme (concussion) and Eddy Jones (with Wales U-23s). So, Andy White replaced Jones and Josh Hancock returned to start. At the back Kyle Ferguson made his debut in place of Jake Cooper. A new signing, forward Kole Hall, was named on the bench. Centre-back Tom Hannigan remained sidelined by injury, as Kyle Ferguson came in for his debut alongside Toby Mullarkey.
ALTRINCHAM (Yellow shirts and socks, blue shorts): 1. Tony Thompson, 23. Harry Perritt, 25. Toby Mullarkey, 24. Kyle Ferguson, 20. Andy White, 8. Elliot Osborne, 32. Isaac Marriott, 7. Dan Mooney, 10. Josh Hancock, 15. Matty Kosylo, 11. Ryan Colclough. Subs: 6. Jake Moult, 17. Ben Pringle, 26. Kole Hall, 27. A-Jay Leitch-Smith, 14. Jake Cooper.
CHESTERFIELD (Blue shirts and socks, white shorts): 1. Scott Loach, 20. Jeff King, 22. Jamie Grimes (c), 6. Laurence Maguire, 29. Alex Whittle, 16. James Kellermann, 10. Liam Mandeville, 28. Saidou Khan, 27. Joe Quigley, 9. Akwasi Asante, 39. Joe Rowley. Subs: 3. Calvin Miller, 5. Gavin Gunning, 12. Tyrone Williams, 8. Curtis Weston, 30. Tom Whelan.
This was Altrincham's third home game in a sequence which included four home fixtures in a run of five games. Altrincham had elected to wear their yellow and blue away kit in homage to the bravery of the Ukrainian people resisting Russia's invasion of their nation.
Two late goals had secured Altrincham a point from the reverse fixture, which had ended 2-2.
There was precious little to animate the crowd in the first twenty-five minutes of this match. The visitors were having the better of things but producing nothing remotely menacing from it.
Shortly before the half-hour mark, however, Chesterfield won four corners in as many minutes with first King, and then Mandeville both directing the ball low, but unproductively, towards the Alty goalmouth. The third corner did produce a bit of a scramble as Altrincham got the ball clear.
The closing stages of the first half witnessed Altrincham coming more into the game but a poor tackle on Whittle by Perritt saw the Alty defender booked for the third time in his six games for the club (43 mins).
At the end of the regulation 45 minutes Colclough got in a fine cross but Hancock's resulting shot was blocked (45 mins). After a further minute of added time the interval arrived to conclude a first-half which marked a good position for Altrincham to be holding their high-flying visitors to 0-0, but which as a spectacle was pretty forgettable.
Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM 0
Alty attacked the Golf Road end in the second half and they soon had their supporters cheering as a 25-yarder from Kosylo took an upredictable bounce and left Loach beaten as it sailed into the net to give Altrincham a 1-0 lead (48 mins).
Soon afterwards, an Osborne foul on Kellerman gave the latter a chance to aim a freekick at the Alty goal but the effort was well off target (53 mins). Next, Whittle did well but his shot ran comfortably to Thompson's arms (55 mins).
Shortly after a Chesterfield corner had been and gone, the Spireites brought on Miller for Rowley (63 mins). Then, a poor challenge by ex-Alty man Jeff King, on Marriott, saw the Chesterfield man booked (64 mins).
The injured Quigley was now replaced by Whelan (66 mins) and Kellerman soon went into the notebook for a foul on Kosylo (71 mins).
Just after Colclough and Kosylo had combined well to win a corner for the hosts (73 mins), Alty's Ferguson picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mandeville (75 mins).
Another visitors' corner came and went as Chesterfield laboured to land efforts on target. The bitty nature of play continued with a booking for Osborne (79 mins) and another substitution by Chesterfield as Weston replaced Kellerman (79 mins).
Following an Alty corner, which came to nothing, it was Alty's turn to break up play with two substitutions in quick order; Hall came on for his debut in place of Hancock (85 mins) and then Moult was introduced to shore up the defence as Mooney left the fray (86 mins).
As the minutes ticked away good defending by White and then a rare save by Thompson from Mandeville saw the game into added time of five minutes (90+1 mins).
The final change of personnel saw Cooper replace Kosylo (90+3 mins) and, despite two late corners for the visitors, Alty held on for an excellent three points in a match whose result will linger longer than the match itself.
Full Time: ALTRINCHAM 1