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Match Preview: Pompey v Altrincham

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

29 November 2019

Pompey v Altrincham

Pompey will look to avoid being victims of an FA Cup upset when they face Altrincham at Fratton Park this weekend.

Their opponents have enjoyed plenty of past giant-killings – most notably in the 1980s – and upset Barnsley four years ago.

The Robins have already seen off Chester, Halesowen, Southport and York to reach this stage of the competition.

And they head to the south coast on the back of an impressive 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

That includes another victory at York in the FA Trophy and has seen them pull away from the National League North relegation zone.

Phil Parkinson’s men currently occupy 15th position – seven points clear of the bottom two and six adrift of the play-off spots.

It means there will be two in-form sides meeting on Saturday, with Pompey losing just one of their past 12 fixtures.

Altrincham are currently 76 places below the Blues in the football pyramid, but will be hoping to make their cup pedigree count.

Jack Whatmough
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Altrincham (H)

28 November 2019

Pompey have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s win, while a fit-again Sean Raggett is back in contention.

Ross McCrorie (hamstring) and Tom Naylor (hamstring) are both expected to return to full training next week.

Jack Whatmough is not ready for selection after recovering from a serious knee problem, while Bryn Morris (groin) is still sidelined.

Tom Peers was Altrincham’s hero in the last round, scoring the only goal of the game to secure progress at York.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Oli Hawkins or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

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This will be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.

Pompey fans can secure seats online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

From 9am on Saturday, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Christopher Husband
Fourth Official: Robert Desmond

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected for live overseas television coverage and supporters should check local listings to see if it is being televised in their region.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 1/5 favourites with Sky Bet to progress on the day, while the visitors can be backed at 12/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

Please note that in-stadium betting is no longer available at Fratton Park.

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Altrincham 1

Pitman grabs stoppage-time winner to send Blues into third round

30 November 2019

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey against Altrinvham
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Brett Pitman headed home a stoppage-time winner against Altrincham to book Pompey a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

It seemed like the sides would be heading to Moss Lane for a replay, as the National League North outfit battled valiantly from behind.

Ben Close’s superb volley had opened the scoring, only for Josh Hancock to grab a late leveller from the spot.

The Blues looked to have been punished for not seeing the game off, but they were rescued by substitute Pitman at the death.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Rotherham in League One earlier in the week.

It came in the attacking wide positions, with Ryan Williams dropping to the bench and Marcus Harness taking his spot on the right.

Pompey started brightly and when Close dug out a fine cross towards the far post, Ronan Curtis was waiting to nod narrowly past the post.

John Marquis then met a Harness delivery and his goal-bound header struck James Jones and was diverted wide, although the officials bizarrely failed to give a corner.

The hosts produced plenty of sloppy moments during the first half, with Altrincham looking dangerous going forward.

They thought a penalty should have been awarded when Jordan Hulme went down under Oli Hawkins’ challenge on 11 minutes.

Referee Tom Nield waved their appeals away and Hawkins felt the striker had gone down too easily, while their opponents were furious at the decision.

Marquis was struggling to get into the game, but sent one great delivery across the face of goal that agonisingly evaded everyone.

Anton Walkes then stepped up to steal possession and find Ellis Harrison, who burst forward and fired against the base of the post.

Curtis was next to try his luck, turning on the edge of the area and dragging a shot narrowly wide.

Some patient passing play then ended with a fierce volley from Brandon Haunstrup that rose over the crossbar.

And when Harrison tried to send Harness clear through on goal, it took a timely challenge from Andy White to deny him.

Both sides then had excellent opportunities to break the deadlock in the closing stages of the first half.

Curtis did brilliantly to win possession after losing the ball, but could not bring it under control and Hulme drilled a shot against the post.

Harrison then met Lee Brown’s delivery at the other end of the pitch, drawing an excellent save from Tony Thompson.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Altrincham 0

Jackett made a double change at the start of the second half, with Curtis and Marquis withdrawn for Williams and Pitman.

But the Blues were still looking well below their best and were relieved to see an unmarked Jake Moult fire wastefully wide.

Craig MacGillivray was then called into action to beat away an angled effort from White, as the Robins looked to punish their higher-ranked hosts.

It was Pompey who finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, however, courtesy of another fine strike from CLOSE.

The ball sat up nicely for the midfielder after Harness’ cross had not been properly cleared and he was left alone to hit a crisp volley into the net.

He might had had another moments later, but Thompson kept out his angled drive, only to then collect a back-pass.

That meant the rare sight of a free-kick inside the box, with the wall doing its job to block Pitman’s attempt from Brown’s lay-off.

It was Pompey’s turn to appeal for a penalty when Williams went down under Shaun Densmore’s challenge on 67 minutes, although again it was waved away by Nield.

Williams then launched a quick break up the pitch and slipped a fine pass across for Harness, but Thompson again came to the Robins’ rescue with a fine save from point-blank range.

And when Haunstrup tried to pass the ball into the bottom corner, it was deflected just past the post.

But Altrincham were always in the contest while they only trailed by one and a delivery from the left was deflected onto the roof of the net.

The scores were level on 83 minutes, with Christian Burgess penalised for a clumsy challenge on Hulme inside the box.

This time Nield did point to the spot and although MacGillivray went the right way, Hancock’s penalty was too powerful.

The Blues tried to hit back and Pitman did well to get an acrobatic effort on target, with the ball flying straight at Thompson.

But there was a sense of joy and relief in the final minute of stoppage-time, as Harness' corner was flicked on by Harrison and PITMAN stooped to head home at the far post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Harness, Marquis (Pitman 46), Curtis (Williams 46); Harrison
Goals: Close 56, Pitman 90+4
Booked: Harness, Williams
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Raggett, Cannon, Evans

Altrincham (4-2-3-1): Thompson; Densmore, Jones, Hannigan, White; Williams (Mullarkey 84), Moult (c); Peers (Harrop 80), Hancock, Johnston (Hampson 88); Hulme
Goals: Hancock 83 (pen)
Subs not used: Torrance, Richman

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 8,539 (622 away fans)

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Ticket News

Altrincham (H): Ticket Information

Secure your seat for FA Cup tie

15 November 2019

Emirates FA Cup

Tickets for Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Altrincham go on sale next week.

The second round contest will be played at Fratton Park on Saturday, November 30 (kick-off 3pm).

Season ticket holders will be able to secure their normal seat from 9am on Monday, November 18 and it will be reserved until 5pm on Tuesday, November 19.

Any unsold seats will then be released for sale to members from 9am on Wednesday, November 20, before the general sale period begins at 9am on Thursday, November 21.

The quickest and easiest way to secure your place at the game is by visiting our eticketing site.

But supporters can also visit the Anson Road ticket office or give them a call on 0345 646 1898 (option one).

Category Price
Adult £15
Senior (65+) £10
Young Person (18-22) £10
Wheelchair/Ambulant* £10
Junior (17 and under) £5
Executive Seating £20

*Includes a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

Season ticket holders who secure their seat before 5pm on Tuesday, November 19 will have the game uploaded onto their season card. If they buy after this point, then they will receive a paper ticket.

All other tickets will be posted out, available for collection or can be printed at home.

There is a £1 charge per booking for tickets bought online or over the phone and an additional £1 charge for postage.

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