ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH : 1. Cody Wharton 2. Alan Tansinda, 4. Mark Napier-Hemy, 5. Sam Grimshaw (capt), 3. Josh Palmer, 7. Jon Makela, 6. Ryan Barry, 8. Shakeel Depeiaza, 11. Jordan Mainoo-Hames, 9. Derryn Ofori, 10. Oliver Riley. Subs: None
Report based on information kindly supplied by George Heslop.
Altrincham arrived at the Cheshire County Sports Club with their 21-man squad reduced by circumstances beyond their control to just eleven players; so no one could be named on the bench today. The missing players included three on first-team duty in the FA Trophy, (goalkeeper Adam Reid, centre-back Joe Coombs and striker Duncan Watmore), one suspended (Matt Fearon) and seven others who were either injured (including Jack Cottrill, Ben Hamilton, Jake Barnabas), on a college trip (Liam Rutledge) or working (Redmond McGuire).
The game started in sunny but blustery conditions with Altrincham including two players making their first starts of the season. But despite the unfamiliar line-up, Altrincham started well, playing at a good tempo, with plenty of good movement and accurate passing. But failure to track back cost them the first goal after around ten minutes of play.
However, Shakeel Depeiaza, making his first start, scored an equalizer for Altrincham after 25 minutes. But five minutes before the break, Chester regained the lead.
|Half-Time: CHESTER FC YOUTH 2 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1|
In the second half, the wind became increasingly difficult as Alty tried to keep the ball on the floor and goalkeeper Wharton had to kick with a low trajectory, too. Soon, Derryn Ofori won a contest with the Chester centre-half to get his head to the ball and he made it 2-2.
Altrincham were now troubled by injuries with two players, Ollie Riley and Alan Tansinda, both having taken knocks. But with no substitutes available, they had to stay on the pitch. Chester now took the lead again (65 mins). Nevertheless, Riley scored a fine goal to level the scores for the third time in the match.
But Chester were able to reinforce with substitutes and they took the lead for a fourth time when the wind deceived Wharton and he spilt a catch. Alty continued to press but with three minutes remaining, a penalty was conceded for a foul in the Alty box. Although Wharton read the spot kick well, he could not keep it out and so the game ended 5-3.
Despite the result, manager George Heslop was very pleased with his team who, in adverse circumstances, had put in an excellent performance and shown great spirit against a strong Chester team.
|Full-Time: CHESTER FC YOUTH 5 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 3|
Compiled by John Laidlar