ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (1) 3 CURZON ASHTON YOUTH (1) 2
NWYA Premier Division match
played on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 at 2.30pm


LINE-UPS

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Adam REID, 2. Harry McAUGHTRIE, 4. Jake BARNABAS, 5. Kyle CUNNINGHAM, 3. Harry McAUGHTRIE, 7. Ashley WOODS, 6. Matthew FEARON (capt), 8. Stewart WALLACE, 11. Sam LANGFORD, 9. Theo KIDD, 10. Kieran MADDEN. Subs: 12. Reece BAILEY, 14. David KING, 15. Greg STEWART, 16. Ansima MATABARO.


REPORT

Altrincham were without the suspended James Smart and their injured captain Owen Davies for this, their first league match for four weeks. The visitors settled quickly and after just 70 seconds it took an excellent block with his legs by Alty keeper Adam Reid to keep out a Curzon shot. Then, after a Curzon corner, the Tameside club had the ball in the net but it was ruled out before Reid had to make another excellent save from the Ashton number nine (3 mins).

But play switched to the other end where Madden forced an equally good block from the visiting keeper (4 mins). The same keeper soon had to make another fine save, with his legs, from Kidd as, somehow the game remained goalless (6 mins). There could just as easily have been four goals recorded by this stage.

The game continued in open fashion with play switching from end to end. After Curzon had gone close, Alty did likewise but only a corner resulted. Curzon took the lead in the 15th minute when a corner from their left was half cleared and their number eight drove a strong shot into the net from outside the box.

The lead lasted barely a minute before Alty equalised when Kidd scored following a corner at the other end (16 mins). During this game the woodwork was struck half a dozen times and one of these instances came as Woods's effort from the right struck the near upright (24 mins). Following a corner at the other end, Reid punched clear twice in quick succession before the visitors' number nine also hit the woodwork.

Madden then dragged a shot wide as the game continued in an open fashion with the sides trading attacking moves. After Woods had seen a shot saved (30 mins), Reid had to make a fine save to concede a corner from Curzon's no.10. McAughtrie's long throw gave Alty another chance, from Fearon, before Madden shot wide at the end of good play from Kidd and Fearon (38 mins).

As half time approached, Woods rode two tackles before seeing his shot saved (42 mins) and the half ended with a fine block from McAughtrie as the opposition number eight looked certain to score in the Alty goalmouth.


Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1 CURZON ASHTON YOUTH 1

Curzon won the second half's first two corners, the second arising when Reid did well to push the visitors' no.3's header over the bar. Their no.8 went even closer when the post was struck by his shot and the ball had to be hacked off the Alty line (54 mins).

Curzon's no.11 got himself booked for a foul (56 mins) before his side took the lead when Reid came out to clear but missed his kick, allowing the no.10 a shot into the empty net (60 mins). After this, Alty's Wallace was booked for a foul (62 mins) but just as when they first scored, Curzon could not hold their lead for long. Alty equalised from the penalty spot when Langford's close range effort was saved but as the danger appeared to have gone he was brought down for a spot kick. Woods sent the keeper completely the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 2-2 (63 mins).

Curzon now brought on their no.12, for no.7 (67 mins) and two minutes after this Alty's Ansima Matabaro replaced Wallace in midfield. Just after Fearon had fired a shot at the opposition keeper, following a good freekick from Grimshaw, each side made another change. Curzon's no.14 replaced no.2 and then David King came on for Alty in place of the injured Langford (80 mins).

The woodwork was struck yet again when Curzon's no.1o struck the bar from 20 yards, shortly before Woods got in a fine header which just cleared the goal at the other end, from a corner (84 mins). Altrincham were now finishing the game strongly and when Cunningham started a move with a pass up to Madden it led to the decisive goal. Madden did well to get to the by-line, right of goal, and pull the ball back to Kidd who cleverly back-heeled the ball into the net at the near post to make it 3-2 (88 mins).

Immediately afterwards, Madden gave way to Greg Stewart before Alty rode out a couple of minutes of added time awarded by referee Martin Howe before he finally blew the final whistle to end a very entertaining game.


Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 3 CURZON ASHTON YOUTH 2