Reserves' Page, 2007-08
Above: Altrincham Reserves 2006-07: Back row, left to right: Alan Ainsley (physio), Lee Hendley, Justin Bowler, Colin McAllister, Kieran Lugsden, Chris Rowley, Aaron Edwards, Ben Deegan, Michael Risk, Neil Brown (manager). Front row: Laurence Ball, Pat McFadden, Keith Wedge, John Maloney, Astley Mulholland, Lee Mannion, Rick Chetcuti, Mike Brown. Click photo to enlarge it.
Above: McGore, Burns, Logan and Roche warm up before the game.
A lacklustre performance from Altrincham led to their defeat on Tuesday tonight, 2-3, at home to Ashton United in a friendly at Moss Lane. Alty started with three trialists. Up front was Aaron Burns (19), a former Manchester United reserve, who learnt today that he had got international clearance but would not be allowed to sign for Altrincham till January as the FA had deemed him to be of amateur status and therefore ineligible to join a BSP Premier side till the transfer window reopens. At right-back was another former Manchester United player in Lee Roche (26), whose last league club was Wrexham. On the left of midfield was Jeff McGore, recently released by Stoke City.
Ashton led 2-0 at the break when Alty brought on seven replacement players from the first-team. Although Chris Senior rounded the keeper to make it 2-1, Ashton's former Trafford centre-back Billy McCartney netted his second of the night to restore Ashton's two-goal lead. Senior pulled another goal back in the dying minutes but Ashton were deserved winners. United included former Alty man Lee Hendley as a substitute. Report to follow
ALTRINCHAM: 13. Richard ACTON; 2. Lee ROCHE, 4. Karl MUNROE, 16. Ryan SHOTTON, 3. Gary SCOTT; 22. Carlos LOGAN, 6. Jake SEDGEMORE, 7. Colin POTTS (capt), 20. Jeff McGORE; 12. Joe O'NEILL, 24. Aaron BURNS. Subs: 15. Chris LANE, 5. Darren TINSON, 14. Stephen ROSE, 11. Warren PEYTON, 18. Pat McFADDEN, 9. Colin LITTLE, 19. Chris SENIOR, 13. Steve DOWNES (gk).
Match report here.
Above: The pitch looks magnificent, the sun is shining, as the Reserves' game kicks off at Moss Lane - but where have the floodlight pylons gone? The four on the Popular Side have now been removed, preparatory to installation of new state of the art lights at the ground over the next week or two.
A match report is here.
The Leek Town forum says that "Blues’ Boss Paul Ogden has appointed former Altrincham reserve team manager Neil Brown as his assistant after the 39 year old coach driver found himself without a side to manage when the Blue Square Conference club withdrew its reserve side from the Lancashire League for the coming season. Brown, lives in Didsbury with his wife and four children and has been a scout for Premier League giants, Liverpool. He has also managed successful local junior club, Fletcher Moss Rangers for fourteen years although he never made the grade as a player.
During his three years in charge of Alty’s reserves, Neil saw a number of players successfully graduate to the first-team and he is also the groundsman at Moss Lane where he will continue looking after the playing surface. Brown, who has extensive knowledge of players throughout the north west, will take charge of Blues’ first training session at the hockey club on Tuesday 3 July and has no plans to bring in another coach.... Leek Town manager Paul Ogden has signed 16 players and is negotiating with three others as well as looking at three trialists in his build-up to the new campaign. Only four members of last season’s squad remain whilst Ogden has opted for a mainly youthful side strong enough to deal with the rigours of UniBond football".
Last season, Altrincham Reserves found themselves placed in a newly created Lancashire League (East) division which meant that most of their away matches involved travelling across the Pennines to Yorkshire.
Compiled by John Laidlar