FA Youth Cup
Preliminary Round
played on Wednesday, 8 September, 2010 at 7.30pm


AFC FYLDE YOUTH (All white) 1. Craig Unsworth, 2. Chris Lambeth, 3. John Priestner, 4. Ryan Hanlon, 5. Sam Betts, 6. Ryan Clark, 7. Danny Thompson, 8. Gareth Lowcock, 9. Josh Miller, 10. Mututu Chillufya, 11. Tom Bell. Subs: 12. Richard Potter, 13. Tom Nicholson, 14. Harry Irving, 15. Andy Barber, 16. Jack Gornall.

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Adam REID, 2. Matthew FEARON, 3. James SMART (capt), 4. Joe COOMBS, 5. Kyle CUNNINGHAM, 6. Owen DAVIES, 7. Harry McAUGHTRIE, 8. Stewart WALLACE, 9. Theo KIDD, 10. Ashley WOODS, 11. Jake BARNABAS. Subs: 12. Sam LANGFORD, 14. Liam RUTLEDGE, 15. Amin CHOUDHURY, 16. David KING, 17. Sam GRIMSHAW.


On a sunny evening, Altrincham kicked off five minutes late on the well manicured pitch of AFC Fylde, who changed their name from Kirkham & Wesham in 2008, having won the FA Vase that season. An Alty mispass gave Miller the first real chance but he fired wide after just 5 minutes. Another Alty defensive error allowed Fylde another pot at goal but Chillufya fired straight at Reid in the Alty goal. Alty then won a corner after a break forward by Barnabas (9 mins).

With the floodlights now on but the sheep in the adjacent field still bleating as darkness fell, Fylde’s pace up front was keeping Alty on the back foot. Chillufya was particularly impressive as he combined pace with good ball skills. Good tackles from Cunningham and then Smart saw off Fylde attacks before Miller won them a corner. Following this Miller got clear but Reid saved well with his legs.

Alty replied with a corner before fine cover from Coombs inside the Alty box conceded another corner to Fylde (18 mins). Next, Cunningham again had to make an important challenge as Alty were kept on the back foot. A break in the one-way traffic came when Woods, fed by Kidd, got in a shot but the keeper held it (29 mins). Play continued with the hosts having the upper hand till Alty won a corner (40 mins). then good work from Wallace led to the ball being played out to McAughtrie. His good, low cross was neatly finished in the goalmouth by Woods to give Alty the lead against the run of play (41 mins).

Then a 30-yard effort from Woods went narrowly wide before Altrincham gained a two-goal lead with a superb goal from the same player. Again Woods's effort was from 30 yards or more but this time it dipped under the bar to make it 2-0 (44 mins). The interval soon arrived with all of the home side's dominance undone by Woods's goals.


It was important for Altrincham to keep their lead intact for the opening stages of the second half but they lasted fewer than two minutes before conceding. They conceded a freekick 25 yards out which Thompson drove superbly into the net off the bar and the keeper. Alty replied with two corners, the second arising from a finger tip save from a fine shot by Wallace (50 mins). After 54 minutes Barber replaced Clark for Fylde and soon after this Chillufya forced a good save from Reid. The same player threatened again soon afterwards and then Smart had to clear another dangerous attack at the cost of a corner.

After this Gornall replaced Bell for Fylde (63 mins). Alty then allowed Barber time to fire at goal and though Reid did well to beat out his shot the loose ball was turned in at the back post by Miller - 2-2 (66 mins).

Soon after a Fylde corner had been defended well, Cunningham chased back and did well to get in a tackle on a Fylde forward. But the ball ran towards another opponent and Cunningham was judged to have brought him down, for a penalty. Thompson converted the spot kick impressively to make it 3-2 to the hosts (73 mins). Wallace was then booked for kicking the ball away before Alty made a double change with Langford and Choudhury replacing McAughtrie and Cunningham (77 mins).

Thompson almost got his hat trick in the 89th minute with a freekick which Reid did well to tip over for a corner. Alty's Davies was then booked, presumably for "verbals" (88 mins), before Fylde made certain of the game in the 89th minute. From wide on their left Thompson completed his hat-trick when he drove another strong freekick at goal which Reid could not hold and the score became 4-2, which was probably a fair reflection of the game.

There was time for an excellent shot from Wallace to clear the bar narrowly before four minutes of added time were completed This was not so much Alty throwing away a two-goal lead as their gaining that lead with two unexpected goals and then Fylde making their dominance pay in the second half.