COLWYN BAY (0) 1 ALTRINCHAM (1) 3
played on Saturday, 16 March 2013, at 3pm
After a bright start from Colwyn Bay, Altrincham took a 22nd minute lead when Damian Reeves netted from close range from Danny Hall's pass, following a period of sustained attacking by the visitors. Just before the interval, however, Bay hit the Alty bar from a freekick.
Hopes that the game had been settled when Altrincham went 2-0 up through Reeves's second goal were undone a minute or so later when substitute Jason Lampkin threaded a low shot through a forest of legs and into the net in the 56th minute.
But Duncan Watmore made the game secure for Altrincham with a well-taken goal in the 80th minute. Seven minutes from time, Bay player-manager Frank Sinclair was sent off for raising his arms against Damian Reeves.
Damian Reeves's two goals today not only took his haul to seven in four games but meant that he reached 100 goals for Altrincham from just 118 starts and 12 sub appearances.
REFEREE: Mr Michael Salisbury (Preston)
Danny Meadowcroft was suspended for the Bay. Both sides acquired new faces in midweek. Bay signed Lee Davey from Conwy and Altrincham took Guiseley midfielder Danny Boshell on loan. Boshell started today as did Lawrie and Leather whilst Rodgers and Moult were on the bench.
COLWYN BAY (Sky blue and claret shirts and socks, claret shorts): 1. Christopher Sanna, 2. Danny Taylor, 3. Michael Lea, 4. Frank Sinclair, 5. Tom Smyth, 6. Lee Davey, 7. Gareth Evans, 8. Shelton Payne, 9. Rob Hopley, 10. James Ellison, 11. Fraser McLachlan. Subs: 12. Jamie Crowther, 14. Jason Lampkin, 15. Callum Byrne, 16. Tom Roberts, 17. John McKenna
ALTRINCHAM (Red and white striped shirts, red shorts & socks): 1. Stuart COBURN, 2. Shaun DENSMORE (capt), 3. Scott LEATHER, 4. Simon RICHMAN, 5. Gianluca HAVERN, 6. Danny HALL, 7. James LAWRIE, 8. Danny BOSHELL, 9. Duncan WATMORE, 10. Damian REEVES, 11. Nicky CLEE. Subs 12. Matt DOUGHTY, 14. Jake MOULT, 15. Carl RODGERS, 16. Ryan BROOKE, 18. Stephen BULLEN (gk).
Mike Garnett's statistics told us before kick-off today that the previous record between the clubs was:
The sides drew the reverse fixture this season 1-1 at Moss Lane.
As the game got under way, in pouring rain, Colwyn Bay almost scored within ten seconds of kicking off as Hall had to clear off the line following a smart Coburn parry; a corner resulted. On a soft, bobbly pitch, the players were finding it difficult to keep their feet. But the conditions assisted Densmore as he made an important sliding tackle to halt the Bay, who had started the game the better side.
From a Sinclair feed, Ellison soon won a corner, which was cleared but at the cost of a Havern injury. Alty's defender came back on after treatment.
Altrincham came to life with a good Clee run in the tenth minute but this attack ended with Lawrie firing over. It was another five minutes before Alty threatened again, this time Watmore did well but overhit his cross from the left (15 mins).
A Bay error gave Altrincham a first corner after an earlier cross had just evaded Reeves (19 mins). In fact, Lawrie took two successive corners on the left and a third was soon to follow. The pressure continued with a freekick from Densmore, after Clee had been fouled. From Densmore's 25-yard dead ball, Sanna saved.
Next Clee got to the byline to win another corner. After Richman had done well, Densmore next got in a cross, which was beaten out, only for Hall to play the ball back in and Reeves netted from close range. The goal had arrived after a period of sustained visitors' pressure (22 mins).
1-0 almost became 2-0 when a fine ball by Clee into the box was chested down by Watmore but his shot was saved (24 mins). Bay responded as Evans's fine ball found Payne but he was blocked off.
Soon after Ellison had recovered from treatment from the physio, the same Bay player headed over the bar from a left-wing cross. Indeed Bay repeatedly played long balls to their left wing as an attacking ploy.
A Lawrie surge now led to an overhit pass for Watmore, before a foul by Hopley on Hall gave Alty a freekick (35 mins). Afterwards, a Clee drive into the box was halted before a Hall lunge gave Bay a freekick 25 yards out but in a central position. However, Alty scrambled the freekick clear (39 mins).
As half-time approached, Watmore miscontrolled the ball in the box after a Leather cross had been relayed to him (43 mins). But then a good Evans run was halted by Havern, who was booked, as he conceded a freekick 22 yards centrally from goal (44 mins).
From this freekick, Ellison's excellent freekick thumped into the Altrincham crossbar before Coburn had to tip the follow-up over the bar for a corner (45 mins). In the two added minutes, Sinclair sliced badly wide from right of goal, following the corner. Before the break a very deliberate handball by Ellison was punished by a freekick but no card.
So, Alty led deservedly at the break but Bay could easily have been level had their late freekick been a few inches lower.
|Half-Time: COLWYN BAY 0 ALTRINCHAM 1|
At the break, Rodgers came on at centre-back for Havern, who had taken a knock and been booked in the first half. Early in the half an excellent Densmore tackle on Payne set up an Alty attack via Watmore, which ended as Clee's effort was blocked (48 mins).
After this, a great overlap by Densmore, from a Lawrie feed, ended unfortunately with a misplaced pass into the box (51 mins). Alty's captain, who had a good game, was then harshly penalised for hands when Boshell's header hit him. From the freekick, Sinclair forced a save from right of goal and Hall cleared the loose ball (52 mins).
A counter-attack by Watmore led to his cross from the right, which located Clee beyond the back post where he did not hit the ball cleanly but Reeves was on hand to net from close range for his 100th goal for the club (54 mins). At this point Bay brought on Lampkin for Payne. The sub's first contribution was to thread a low shot through a busy goalmouth and into the net past a partly unsighted Coburn (56 mins). Just before this, Reeves had seen a "goal" chalked off for offside so a possible 3-0 had become a narrow 2-1 lead inside a few seconds.
The goal animated the Bay and, after a shot had gone just wide of the Alty goal, a freekick on the right edge of Alty's box maintained the Seagulls' pressure.
But, in a counter attack, Lawrie's intended pass to Reeves was just cut out before play halted for the second change of match-ball in a ten-minute period. With the referee now having rejected two balls, when a third went out of the ground there was a delay until it could be recovered!
A turning point arrived after 72 minutes when a brilliant save by Coburn, from a header following a Bay freekick, kept Altrincham's lead intact. Alty survived the resulting corner with ten men as the referee despatched Richman to the touchline for attention to a blood injury to his head (73 mins).
A minute later Crowther replaced Davey. Next, Watmore outpaced the Bay defence but miscontrolled the ball inside the box. At the other end, Leather was booked for a foul, 25 yards out.
Reeves was now seen off after a good pass from Boshell who had a quietly effective debut for Altrincham. A trip on Watmore now earned Smyth a yellow card (79 mins) and he was to pay a further price for his indiscretion. The freekick came to Watmore who controlled the ball before firing home from left of centre to make it 3-1 (80 mins).
Immediately, Moult came on for Clee (81 mins). There was a strange moment when Densmore got to the byline as a Bay player mistakenly stopped running and allowed the ball to reach Alty's captain. But his cross was cleared.
Bay's Frank Sinclair, throughout this game, was the butt of a section of the Alty fans, who had not forgotten his foul on Tom Kearney a couple of years ago. And the player-manager was now sent off for lashing out at Reeves after both had gone for the ball. After walking towards the touchline, Sinclair came back to argue with the referee before finally going off (84 mins).
Matt Doughty now replaced Watmore before a smartly taken Boshell freekick found Reeves, who span round and forced a good save from Sanna (86 mins). Jake Moult soon won a corner before Bay brought on Byrne for Evans (88 mins).
Five added minutes were played during which Lea wrestled Reeves down by grabbing his waist, to concede a freekick. Bay had a late chance as Lampkin got clear but Hall blocked well. The resulting corner to Bay went to Coburn. The final act of note was Doughty's well-struck 25 yard shot which was well saved by Sanna.
Alty deserved their win and none more than Simon Richman who again gave a tireless performance for his side.
|Full-Time: COLWYN BAY 1 ALTRINCHAM 3|