Match Reports, 2004-05


ALTRINCHAM RESERVES (0) 0
SOUTHPORT RESERVES (1) 4

Lancashire League Match,
played on Wednesday, 8 September, 2004
at Abbey Hey FC, 7.45p.m.


TEAM

ALTRINCHAM RESERVES (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks) : 1.Billy BLOWER, 2. Adam DOUTHWAITE, 3. Matthew TOOTH, 4. James MARSDEN (capt.), 5. Mark MADDOX, 6. Joey ROBERTS, 7. Danny GRIMSHAW, 8. Lewis CHALMERS, 9. Marcus HALLOWS, 10. Kieran LUGSDEN, 11. Stuart WRIGHT. Subs: 12. Sean SMITH, 13. Steve EVERALL (gk), 14. Adie ORE, 15. Dwaine LYNSEY, 16. Michael BROWN.

SOUTHPORT RESERVES (Gold shirts, white shorts/socks): 1. LOWE, 2. KEARNEY, 3. MORTIMER, 4. DAVIS, 5. DEAN, 6.THOMPSON, 7. O'BRIEN, 8. POWELL, 9. DALY, 10. MULVANEY, 11. RAFFERTY. Subs: CAMERON, HARVEY, ROSCOE, STANCOMBE, RAWCLIFFE.


REPORT

For only their fourth competitive match since they were re-formed, Altrincham Reserves included first-teamers Mark Maddox, Kieran Lugsden, Stuart Wright and the recovering Sean Smith in their squad. Four of last season's Youth team started - (Adam Douthwaite, Matt Tooth, Danny Grimshaw and Lewis Chalmers), with a fifth, Stevie Taylor, sidelined by illness.

Port included, as captain, the former Burnley Reserve defender Earl Davis. Another Port first teamer was left-back Alex Mortimer who has had spells with Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town, Stafford Rangers and Gainsborough Trinity. Lee Mulvaney and Steve Daly have also both been in the first-team squad this season. In goal was Ian Lowe who was at Vauxhall Motors last season. Southport reserves are now managed by Joey Dunn, who managed Alty reserves under Mark Ward's regime in 2000-01.

There was little goalmouth action in the opening stages until Kieran Lugsden got to the byline for Alty, only for his effort to be saved (7 mins) and then Daly shot wide for the visitors (10 mins). A neat turn on the right by Grimshaw set off a promising passing move for Alty but a fine tackle by Dean ended the Robins' progress. Blower than had to make a great save from Daly after good work by Mulvaney for Southport. The Alty keeper managed to divert the shot onto his left upright from where it was cleared.

Southport were now on top and a 25 yarder from Powell went narrowly wide of the Alty goal (13 mins). Altrincham were keen to build up from the back with short passes to feet but often their progress was halted around the half-way line as Southport closed them down effectively and forced errors. In possession, Port were breaking forward quickly to keep Altrincham under pressure.

Southport missed another chance when Mulvaney shot wide (22 mins). Then a cross shot from the same player from the left went narrowly wide (28 mins). The Alty front pairing of Hallows and Lugsden were seeing little of the ball so keeper Lowe was rarely troubled. However, after an Alty corner Chalmers shot over the bar from 20 yards (39 mins). A rash challenge from Maddox gave Southport a freekick just outside the box, left-centre of goal. From this, Blower made a good save, low down, but was unable to hold the ball and the ball was put into the net by Mulvaney (38 mins). Maddox responded with a fine 50 yard pass from the re-start which found Roberts on the left and he won a corner for Alty. However, half-time came with Southport deservedly ahead and Alty grateful that several chances to add to the score had been missed.


Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM RES. 0
SOUTHPORT RES. 1

After a Southport corner had been cleared, Alty won one of their own when Hallows’s shot was blocked in what was probably Alty's best effort of the game so far (53 mins). Altrincham then made a double switch with Grimshaw and Maddox coming off and Smith and Lynsey coming on. Tooth moved to centre-back alongside Marsden whilst Sean Smith slotted in at left-back position (56mins). Two minutes later, Southport brought on their no.15. Blower was forced to tip an effort over the bar for a corner before Kieran Lugsden was substituted by Adie Ore (62 mins). A quick move forward by Southport saw Daly, Thompson and Mulvaney combine before Rafferty finished off a low cross from the right to make it 2-0 to the Port (64 mins).

Hallows then made space as he drifted across the outer edge of the box but his well-hit shot was parried (65 mins). Good work from Chalmers fed Hallows for another shot as Altrincham began to get a bit more into the game. Next a Roberts surge up the middle saw his shot blocked (72 mins) but soon afterwards Southport wrapped up the game. A feed from Mortimer set Daly running into the box and, after a neat swerve past a defender, he fired in a shot which Blower got a hand to, but which went in off the upright to make it 3-0 to the visitors (73 mins).

Port made a double change with nos. 14 and 17 coming on (76 mins). Alty kept battling and Roberts saw a 20 yarder just clear the bar before a Lynsey run up the middle ended with a good save from Lowe (79 mins). But the Port defence, expertly marshalled by Davis, kept Alty at bay. Douthwaite then did well to see off Rafferty as Southport broke away once again and a corner followed. After this, the referee spotted a foul on the by-line to the right of the Alty goal and awarded a penalty. Before it could be taken Chalmers was lectured and booked. From the spot-kick, Daly scored comfortably, driving his shot to the keeper's right (87 mins).

Southport were deserved winners against this newly formed Altrincham reserve side. After being fortunate to be only a goal behind at the interval it was ironic that in the second half, when Alty got forward more successfully than in the first period, Southport showed more clinical finishing than they had earlier to add another three goals.


Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM RES. 0
SOUTHPORT RES. 4