National League
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Altrincham 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Altrincham inflicted a first defeat of the National League season on Cheltenham thanks to Sam Heathcote's stoppage-time winner.

The hosts took the lead when Ryan Crowther latched onto James Lawrie's through ball before poking home.

Aaron Downes restored parity when he nodded Kyle Storer's cross past Altrincham keeper Tim Deasy.

But the home side stole victory deep into added time when Heathcote coolly slotted the ball home from close range.

Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Frustrating is probably the main feeling of the team. We had a few opportunities, we created chances, but not enough simple chances.

"We had loads of possession and a lot of times we got to the final third and didn't give that quality.

"They caught us on the break right at the end. Nobody likes losing so it's back to the drawing board now.

"We didn't do ourselves any justice today. We had the possession and not the sharpness and we need to work on that moving forward."

Line-ups

Altrincham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 17Deasy
  • 2Densmore
  • 6Leather
  • 4Moult
  • 3Griffin
  • 22ParryBooked at 40mins
  • 7Lawrie
  • 14O'KeefeSubstituted forCrowtherat 29'minutesSubstituted forHeathcoteat 90+2'minutes
  • 20Sinnott
  • 9Rankine
  • 18BowermanSubstituted forReevesat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Reeves
  • 12Heathcote
  • 19Crowther
  • 21Swift
  • 24Davis

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 24DickieSubstituted forVaughanat 83'minutes
  • 5Downes
  • 7PellSubstituted forCookeat 83'minutes
  • 2Barthram
  • 6ParslowBooked at 69mins
  • 4Storer
  • 14HallSubstituted forWatersat 73'minutes
  • 11Munns
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 12Kitscha
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Vaughan
  • 27Cooke
Referee:
Jason Whiteley
Attendance:
1,206

Match Stats

Home TeamAltrinchamAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Altrincham 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Altrincham 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Altrincham 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Sam Heathcote (Altrincham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Rankine.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Heathcote (Altrincham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Altrincham. Sam Heathcote replaces Ryan Crowther because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  9. Post update

    Andrew Parry (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Jake Moult (Altrincham).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Altrincham. Damian Reeves replaces George Bowerman.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Josh Cooke replaces Harry Pell.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Lee Vaughan replaces Robert Dickie.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Altrincham 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Storer.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.