ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Adam Reid 2. Alan Tansinda, 4. Ben Hamilton, 5. Joe Coombs (capt), 3. Sam Grimshaw, 7. Liam Rutledge, 6. Declan Barry, 8. Oliver Riley, 11. Josh Palmer, 9. Redmond McGuire, 10. Derryn Ofori. Subs: 12. Ryan Barry, 14. Nathan Gray, 15. Shakeel Depeiaza, GK. Cody Wharton
WARRINGTON TOWN YOUTH: Gordon, Kavanagh, Cook, Emson, Chambers (Everson 79), Wells, Clarke (Owens 61), Winrow, McWilliams (O'Hanlon 75), Glass, Bakkor.
With Matt Fearon suspended, Duncan Watmore on holiday, and several other players unavailable through injury or other reasons, Altrincham fielded only three outfield substitutes. The game kicked off seven minutes late, for reasons that only the officials will know, on a windy afternoon at Clay Lane. Apart from a corner for the visitors at the end of the first minute, there was little to set the pulse racing in the opening stages, which the visitors marginally shaded.
However, Alty soon improved and a good move involving Riley and Ofori ended with Palmer's cross shot just going wide of the far upright (7 mins). An Alty corner confirmed the home side's improvement before Declan Barry dribbled his way into the box before being halted. But Altrincham then fell behind due to some poor defending. They failed to complete a clearance by their own left corner flag and instead, lost possession and allowed a cross to come in from that wing. At the near post the visitors' number 9 turned the ball past Reid and into the net to give Town the lead (20 mins).
After some further pressing from the visitors, Alty won a corner from which Coombs's header went to the Warrington keeper. But Alty nearly fell to a second goal from a replica move to that which produced the opening goal; a cross from the right found the no.9 unmarked in the goalmouth. However, this time, he could not beat Reid in the Alty goal (30 mins). But the lesson was not learnt. After an Alty attack had broken down, Warrington counter-attacked and a ball played up the inside-right channel allowed Warrington's no.10 to get behind Coombs to score (35 mins).
Altrincham almost got back into the game when Riley's ball into the box was headed wide by Coombs at the back post. With the Alty bench exasperated at their side's failure to close down the opposition, it got worse for the hosts before the interval. And, again, the goal came from the right as a player was allowed to get to the by-line and cross the ball. The number ten scuffed his shot but he did enough to get the ball into the net from close range (42 mins).
|Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0 WARRINGTON TOWN YOUTH 3|
Soon after the interval, Ofori almost broke through but the visitors' keeper smothered the ball at his feet (49 mins). Alty made a change eight minutes into the second half, with Gray replacing Tansinda at right-back. A period of uneventful play led to two further substitutions as, first Ryan Barry replaced Josh Palmer, allowing Declan Barry to move to the left wing (62 mins). Next, Warrington's no.4 gave way to their no.15 (64 mins).
Alty's hopes were raised as a good effort from Grimshaw was parried by the keeper and the introduction of Ryan Barry had added some spark to Alty's performance. Ofori then did well to feed McGuire, who won a corner, at which point Depeiaza replaced Ofori for Alty (68 mins).
Altrincham were now enjoying their best spell of the game until Warrington won a corner and also made another change as their no.14 replaced no.9 (74 mins). Alty responded with a corner of their own but, next, just as with the third goal when an Alty attack had broken down just beforehand, Warrington again broke away to score. This time, a long ball up the middle found the no.11 unmarked. As Reid came out to block him, Warrington's man evaded the challenge and, from right of goal, he knocked the ball into the vacant net, making it 4-0 (78 mins).
Now the visitors made their final change as no.16 replaced no.3 (79 mins). Following a Grimshaw throw, Ryan Barry's ball was headed firmly at goal by Rutledge, but the keeper saved it. Each side won a corner before Warrington threatened again as the no.15 was allowed lots of space, left of goal, but Reid made a good block from his shot (83 mins).
The referee played no added time but with the result already clear it made no difference to the outcome as a disappointing afternoon ended for Altrincham who will be looking for a great improvement on Tuesday night when they face Darlington in the FA Youth Cup.
|Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0 WARRINGTON TOWN YOUTH 4|
Compiled by John Laidlar