Match Report


Blue Square Premier match
played on Tuesday, 9 March 2010, at 7.45pm


Alty captain Tom Kearney was a former Wrexham player but he was badly treated on his return to the Racecourse when former Chelsea man Frank Sinclair broke his leg with a poor challenge, just before half time. Sinclair was rightly dismissed but Kearney was stretchered off with his leg in a brace.

After that the game threatened to get feisty as substitute Robbie Lawton knocked an opponent into the crowd to become one of five Altrincham bookings. The Robins should have been ahead in the 20th minute but Chris Senior's penalty, awarded for a foul on him by Spann, was saved by the keeper.

But it was Baynes who put the hosts ahead instead after 33 minutes, from a pass by Mangan, who had got behind Greg Young. Altrincham finally got the point they had earned when Young headed in Doran's corner in the 82nd minute


  • 33 mins: Wes BAYNES (Wrexham 1 Altrincham 0)
  • 82 mins: Greg YOUNG (Wrexham 1 Altrincham 1)

    REFEREE: Mr Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

    ATTENDANCE: 2,114


    James Smith was still out injured as were Dale Johnson and Matt Doughty. So, Alty played the same starting eleven which had secured a draw at Wimbledon last Saturday. Wrexham restored Frank Sinclair to their starting line-up.


    Altrincham had won the corresponding fixture last season but Wrexham had impressed in beating Alty 3-0 at Moss Lane earler this year.


    WREXHAM (Red): 1. Sam Russell, 16. Silvio Spann, 4. Ashley Westwood, 5. Mansour Assoumani, 15. Frank Sinclair, 7. Mark Jones, 19. Andy Fleming, 25. Christian Smith, 29. Luke Holden, 18. Wes Baynes, 30. Andy Mangan. Subs (to be confirmed) 24. Matty Wolfenden, 6. Mike Williams, 11. Neil Taylor, 20. Jamie McCluskey, 27. Chris Maxwell.

    ALTRINCHAM (Yellow shirts, with blue trim, blue shorts and yellow socks): 1. Stuart COBURN, 6. Shaun DENSMORE, 12. Robbie WILLIAMS, 5. Greg YOUNG, 27. Ryan BROWN, 21. Peter DORAN, 4. Tom KEARNEY (capt), 16. Anthony DANYLYK, 11. Nicky CLEE; 10. Chris DENHAM, 19. Chris SENIOR. Subs 13. Russell SAUNDERS, 7. Robbie LAWTON, 9. Colin LITTLE, 18. Michael WELCH, 8. Clive MOYO-MODISE


    The game kicked off several minutes late, as seems to be the custom these days in the BSP, with Wrexham having a couple of early off-target shots from Mangan and Jones respectively. Kearney likewise fired wide for Altrincham after eight minutes.

    The visitors were enjoying more of the ball than Wrexham in the opening ten minutes but play then went through an uneventful period of freekicks including two for offside against Wrexham.

    But Altrincham had a great chance to take the lead when, for the second game running, they were awarded a spot-kick. This time it was for Spann's foul on Senior. But whereas Alty's leading scorer had netted from the spot on Saturday, this time he could not beat the keeper, Russell, who saved his shot by the far post (20 mins).

    Three Wrexham fouls followed as Alty still enjoyed their share of the ball. But the visitors fell behind after 33 minutes when a ball over the top of Greg Young set Mangan at goal. As Williams slipped, Mangan found Baynes who put Wrexham ahead 1-0.

    As half-time approached, former Wrexham player and Alty's captain tonight, Tom Kearney, was the victim of a very poor challenge from former Chelsea star Frank Sinclair. The foul left Kearney needing lengthy treatment before being stretchered off with his right leg braced. An ambulance soon arrived to convey him to hospital. Tom becomes the third Altrincham player to suffer a season-ending injury this campaign, after injuries to Dale Johnson and Matt Doughty.

    Robbie Lawton came on to replace Kearney but more than seven minutes of added time were necessary before the players reached the interval, all square, at 1-1.


    Wrexham's Mike Williams came on for Mark Jones at the interval. Altrincham's Robbie Lawton started the second half aggressively, bundling an opponent over the hoardings at pitchside and getting booked for his trouble (47 mins).

    Anthony Danylyk was soon booked, too, for dissent after a foul on Mangan by Robbie Williams. Colin Little replaced Danylyk after 56 minutes with Clive Moyo replacing Chris Denham after 67 minutes. The game looked to be drifting away without a leveller for Altrincham as Williams became Alty's third booked player in the 72nd minute, followed by Doran four minutes later.

    But Greg Young's third league goal of the season made sure Altrincham got something from the game. He rose to head home a Doran in-swinging corner (82 mins). Ryan Brown became Alty's fifth booking a minute later and, with Mangan and Taylor having just been booked for the Dragons, that made seven yellow and one red cards in the match.

    After 89 minutes, Wrexham replaced Holden by Wolfenden but despite some end to end excitement towards the end, the game concluded in Altrincham's third successive 1-1 draw but, this time, the achievement was overshadowed by the bad injury to Tom Kearney who, it is hoped, will make a full recovery over the summer.