TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Altrincham
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Current form (last six all competitions):
Torquay United: W, L, W, D, D, W
Altrincham: D, L, D, D, W, W
Torquay: Danny Wright 8
Altrincham: Josh Hancock 6
Head to Head:
Last time the two teams met: Torquay United 2 – 0 Altrincham, Tuesday April 12th, 2016
Torquay eased their Vanarama National League relegation fears and added to Altrincham’s as goals from Luke Young and Shaun Harrad earned them a 2-0 victory.
Torquay took the lead after 17 minutes when Young fired home from 25 yards for his first league goal since October 2014 – to continue his recovery from a knee injury which had seen him miss most of the season. Altrincham went close to levelling matters when Torquay keeper Brendan Moore was forced into a fine save by Damian Reeves, tipping the striker’s shot around the post after 35 minutes.
As half-time approached Young and Harrad were both denied by Altrincham keeper Tim Deasy as the home side tried to increase their advantage.
Harrad extended Torquay’s lead just before the hour when he guided the ball past Deasy after Nathan Blissett had flicked on and the home side saw out a comfortable victory.
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Since he was appointed as Altrincham boss on April 28, 2017, Phil Parkinson has overseen two promotions in the space of three seasons, which has seen Alty return to the National League for the first time since 2016. In the 2017-18 season, Altrincham won the Northern Premier League title and they followed up this achievement by winning promotion from the National League North through the play-offs in the 2019-20 campaign.
After starting out as a player with Crewe Alexandra and Reading, Parkinson spent a year with Port Vale before making his name at Nantwich Town, who he captained to FA Vase glory in 2006, which was followed by promotions from the North West Counties League and the Unibond Northern League Division One.
He later took over as manager of Nantwich in 2015 and led them to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in the 2015-16 season. He later to the Northern Premier League play-offs in the 2016-17 campaign, where they were beaten by Spennymoor United.
One to watch: Matty Kosylo
Left winger Matty Kosylo started his career with Stockport County before enjoying spells with Salford City, Hyde United, Ashton United and Vauxhall Motors before making his name at Nantwich Town under current Altrincham boss Phil Parkinson. After being named as the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League young player of the year for 2016, he earned a move to FC Halifax Town and helped the Shaymen win promotion from National League North in his first season. After making 79 league appearances and scoring 24 goals, Kosylo left the Shay in 2019 to sign for AFC Fylde. After being released by the Coasters following their relegation from the National League in 2020, he joined Altrincham at the start of the 2020-21 season.
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