NEW MILLS YOUTH (0)0 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (0) 2
NW Youth Alliance Premier Divisionmatch
played on Sunday, 6 February, 2011 at 4pm, at Egerton Boys' Club, Knutsford


LINE-UPS

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH - 1. Adam REID, 2. Harry McAUGHTRIE, 4. Jake BARNABAS, 5. James SMART (capt), 3. Sam GRIMSHAW, 7. Theo KIDD, 6. Matthew FEARON, 8. Danny COLLINS, 11. Sam LANGFORD, 9. Ashley WOODS, 10. Kieran MADDEN. Subs: 12. Joe COOMBS, 14. Reece BAILEY, 15. Konstantinos NEOS, 16. David KING, 17. Liam NOON.


REPORT

Report based on information kindly provided by George Heslop.

It was Altrincham's first league action for 13 weeks due to bad weather and other factors and even this game had to have its venue switched to ensure it took place. What should have been a fixture played at New Mills was transferred to the 3G pitch at the Egerton Boys' Club at Knutsford as the Derbyshire club's ground was waterlogged. And the 4pm kick off necessitated the use of floodlights.

Not surprisingly, after their long lay-off, Altrincham started the game slowly but gradually found their feet as they realised that the surface allowed the ball to be played accurately to feet. But Altrincham failed to take any chances in the first half and the game remained goalless at the interval.


Half-Time: NEW MILLS YOUTH 0 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0

Alty were ragged for the first ten minutes of the half during which New Mills tested them by getting the ball out wide and by employing long balls. But Altrincham improved and, around the hour mark, a good ball into the box was well finished by Collins, making his first start for the Alty team.

After 67 minutes Alty brought on Neos for Collins and changed their shape from 4-2-4 to 4-5-1. This allowed them to get more possession and to use the pace of Kidd and Neos on the flanks. After 83 minutes a tired Langford, who had put in plenty of effort on the left wing and in midfield, was replaced by 16 year-old Liam Noon, brother of well known non-League player, Karl Noon.

The change had an instant impact as Noon, playing as the lone forward, fed Kidd as he advanced up the right. Kidd cut in and scored with an impeccable finish to make it 2-0.

After the long lay-off, Altrincham had done well but still have plenty of rustiness to get rid of before they take on FC United of Manchester next week, a team which is yet to drop a point this season.


Full-Time: NEW MILLS YOUTH 0 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 2