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Pre-season friendly match
played on Tuesday, 27 July, 2021 at 7.45pm


After a reasonably even and lively start to the game, Alty went on to dominate the first half.

They took a 32nd minute lead when Hancock's impressive turn and pass set Dinanga on goal and he neatly chipped the advancing former Alty reserve keeper, Cameron Terry, who had made a couple of fine saves previously. Alty made seven changes at the break as Sutton, Digie, Mooney, Williams, Pringle, Kosylo and Peers came on, leaving only Thompson, Mullarkey, Senior and Hancock on the pitch from the start.

In a low key second half, during which they deplyed another trialist, James Berry, Altrincham added a third goal ten minutes from time through Dan Mooney.



Alty made three changes as Dinanga, Jackson and Kirby came in for Kosylo, Mooney and Williams. Whilst Alty's management duo and a number of their squad had Nantwich credentials, the home team included several ex-Alty men in the shape of goalkeeper Cameron Terry, defender Josh Langley, forward James Lawrie and former defender Ben Harrison, now deployed in a more forward role.


NANTWICH TOWN (Green) 1. Cameron Terry, 2. Jack Hatton, 3. Callum Saunders, 4. Troy Bourne, 5. Josh Langley, 6. Caspar Hughes, 7. James Lawrie, 8. Ben Harrison, 9. Shaun Miller, 10. Sean Cooke, 11. Carlos "Thommy" Montefiori. Subs: Jack Wood, Ollie Pope, Louis Danquah, Joe Mwasile, Connor Heath, Joel Stair, Jahquil Hill.

ALTRINCHAM (): 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Joel SENIOR, 3. David FITZPATRICK, 4. Toby MULLARKEY, 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 7. Brad JACKSON, 8. Connor KIRBY, 9. Marcus DINANGA, 10. Josh HANCOCK 11. Ryan COLCLOUGH. Subs: Ritchie SUTTON, Tom PEERS, Kennedy DIGIE, Ben PRINGLE, Sean WILLIAMS, Matty KOSYLO, James BERRY, Dan MOONEY


Having played two friendlies on Saturday, this was the third pre-season game for Altrincham and, as at Ashton United three days earlier, the opposition tonight was from the Northern Premier League, two rungs below Altrincham in the footballing pyramid.


The game started very brightly with the sides trading attacks. Inside the first minute Ryan Colclough fired narrowly wide before Nantwich's Miller put a decent chance wide for the Dabbers. Colclough threatened again moments later, forcing a fine save from ex-Alty reserves' keeper Cameron Terry (3 mins).

After a corner for the hosts, the Argentinian Montefiori shot wide before Thompson had to make a save from Lawrie. The entertaining start continued as Colclough now hit the post but Moult could not direct the rebound at goal (10 mins).

Next, a Lawrie shot forced Thompson to concede a corner before play again switched and the lively Colcough had a shot blocked by ex-Alty defender Langley (12 mins).

As he went down in the box, Hancock's penalty appeals were ignored before a Senior run earned a freekick. He took it himself and forced a fine save from Terry who pushed the ball onto the bar (20 mins).

After a Fitzpatrick corner, Mullarkey misjudged an attempted header at goal. Play was a little quieter now as Alty took control and a Dinanaga effort from 20 yards was deflected to Terry (27 mins).

Altrincham finally made their dominance tell as Moult found Hancock, who turned well before feeding Dinanga, who dinked the ball over the advancing Terry to make it 1-0 to Altrincham (32 mins).

Alty continued to dominate and netted a second goal on the stroke of half time from a deflected shot by the star of the first half, Ryan Colclough (45 mins).


Alty made seven changes at the break as Sutton, Digie, Mooney, Williams, Pringle, Kosylo and Peers all came on, leaving only Thompson, Mullarkey, Senior and Hancock on the pitch from the start.

The second half was a much lower key affair. An early Kosylo effort went comfortably wide (51 mins) before the changes which Nantwich had made for the second half had more effect and they grew into the match.

Now Peers attempted to feed Hancock but only a corner resulted (57 mins) and from that corner Peers's flicked header hit the post.

On the hour mark Alty brought on trialist James Berry for Hancock. However, Nantwich won four corners in the next ten minutes or so, in a spell in which another ex-Alty man, Joe Mwasile, came on for the injured Heath (68 mins).

With the gane drifting, good work by Berry led to Dan Mooney netting a third goal as he cut in from the left and beat the sub goalkeeper at his near post (80 mins).

As at Ashton it had been a comfortable win for a strong Alty eleven.