Match Reports, 2003-04

MARINE A YOUTH 3
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1

NW Youth Alliance League Match
on Sunday, 22 February, 2004, at 2pm.



LINE-UP

MARINE A YOUTH: 1. Barnes, 2. J. McGurgan, 3. Kearney, 4. Weston, 5. Cole, 6. Gibbons, 7. Morgan, 8. Millar, 9. Rimmer, 10. Santangelli, 11. Summers. Subs: Maguire, A. McGurgan, Jones, Etim.

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH : 1. Barry GEORGE, 2. Adam DOUTHWAITE, 3. Matt TOOTH, 4. Alex FROST (capt.), 5. Steven HOWARTH, 6. Joe CONNOR, 7. Paul LEWIS, 8.Lewis CHALMERS, 9. Steve LUNT, 10. Kieran LUGSDEN, 11. Kelvin LUGSDEN. Subs: 12. Andy THORPE, 14. Adam BALL, 15. James MONAGHAN, 18. Tom READ (gk).


MATCH REPORT

Courtesy of George Heslop

Altrincham were without Josh Collins (still recovering from an accident), Stevie Taylor (injured) and Stuart Cook (shingles). The game turned out to be very different from Alty's comfortable 4-0 win over Marine A in the Premier Cup in October.

The match was a good advert for NWYA football but the nearest to a goal in the opening stages was when Joe Connor sliced a clearance onto his own crossbar from a John Weston cross (25 mins). Just before the interval Marine took the lead when Neil Rimmer got behind Adam Douthwaite and Alex Frost to put the ball into the corner of the Alty net from a tight angle. However, Alty equalised in added time when Kieran Lugsden took advantage of a ball which was held up in the wind and looped a header over Barnes.


Half-Time: MARINE A YOUTH 1 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1

Adam Douthwaite had been injured midway through the first period and he was to be replaced at the interval by Adam Ball. Likewise, Marine's John Weston could not continue due to a foot injury. Marine went on to play some good football and when Gibbons and Rimmer linked, it was Gibbons who put his side ahead as three Alty defenders failed to make a meaningful challenge (57 mins).

Alty now brought on Andy Thorpe for Paul Lewis but fell further behind after 65 minutes. After a sliced kick by Kelvin Lugsden, who had now moved to centre-back, Barry George attempted to clear but miscued, to leave Michael Santangelli with an open goal which he did not miss as he walked the ball into the net.

The better side won today's game but there is an immediate chance for Altrincham to gain revenge when they host Marine this Sunday in the Open Cup at Wythenshawe Town (2pm). Alty's chief rivals St Helens Town lost at Barrow, so they remain four points clear at the top of the table.


Full-Time: MARINE A YOUTH 3 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1