Lancashire League Match,
played on Tuesday, 19 October, 2004


ALTRINCHAM RESERVES: 1. Spencer LIDDIARD, 2. James MARSDEN (capt.) 3. Matthew TOOTH, 4. George MELLING, 5. Adam BRINDLE, 6. Paul TILLEY, 7. Danny GRIMSHAW, 8. Val OWEN, 9. ADIO Marchant, 10. Adie ORE, 11. Steve TORPEY. Subs: 12. Kirk HILTON, 13. Steve EVERALL (gk), 14. Michael BROWN, 15.Arron HEVINGHAM, 16. Ashley BROWN.


The notes that follow are based on information from Neil Brown, the Alty Reserves' manager. Any errors are mine.

Former Alty Youth players Matt Tooth and Paul Tilley returned to the starting line-up whilst current Youth team midfielder Arron Hevingham came into the squad on the bench. However, Arron injured himself in the warm-up so was restricted to a brief late appearance. Also making his debut in the squad was Kirk Hilton, a former Manchester United reserve defender.

Despite the recent rain, the Marine pitch was in good condition. It took Alty only 8 minutes to go ahead when Adie Ore picked up the ball 28 yards out, turned into space, and fired into the top corner. A Marine booking soon followed and set the tone for some robust play later in the game. Altrincham enjoyed the better of the frst half, with Liddiard under-employed in goal. His opposite number was believed to be the Marine first-team keeper, returning from injury. After 30 minutes Matt Tooth was substituted by Kirk Hilton at left-back. Val Owen continued his good recent form as he returns to fitness in midfield, whilst Paul Tilley also gave another good account of himself.


The second half became a more physical game and firmer refereeing was called for. About ten minutes into the half, Marine advanced up the Alty right and the ball was not cleared by the Alty defence. The Marine sub (no.16), who had just come on, hit the loose ball first-time on the voley into the left corner of the net to record a very good equalising goal.

For the next 15 minutes or so, Marine were dominant but then Altrincham came back to produce an even final period. After 80 minutes Hevingham came on for Ore, with Adio Marchant moving to the left and Steve Torpey going up front as Alty adopted a 3-5-2 formation.

Alty have now recorded 6 draws in 11 league games but 5 of those draws have been away from home and 9 of the 11 games played have been away matches. In many cases these draws have been good points gained against teams near the top of the table and not points lost. But, with a sequence of home games coming up in November, it will be important to build on the foundation built so far this season.