Altrincham FC Youth Team
Match Reports

NWYA Premier Division league match
played on Sunday, 8 January, 2012


ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH : 1. Adam REID, 2. Alan TANSINDA, 4. Mark NAPIER-HEMY, 5.Joe COOMBS, 3. Sam GRIMSHAW (capt), 7. Jon MAKELA, 6. Alex WEATHERBY, 8. Oliver RILEY, 11. Jordan MAINOO-HAMES, 9. Derryn OFORI, 10. Duncan WATMORE. Subs: 12. Liam RUTLEDGE, 14. Josh MASON, 15. Thomas DAVIDSON, 16. Shakeel DEPEIAZA, 17. Denico WALTERS.


This was Altrincham's first match for six weeks and their squad included a number of new faces. The game took place on a heavy pitch, following heavy rains in the preceding week, and this made conditions difficult for both sides. Indeed the match itself started in steady rain which, fortunately, dried up by midway through the first half.

Altrincham had the first half chance when a foul on Ofori gave Alty a freekick but the keeper saved Riley's goalbound freekick from the edge of the box (4 mins). However, New Mills won the game's first corner (6 mins) and it took Alty till the quarter of an hour mark to respond with a corner of their own. Ofori was causing the visitors' defence problems and he won another freekick on the front edge of the box. Grimshaw struck a low, curling left-footed freekick round the wall and into the keeper's bottom right-hand corner to give Altrincham the lead (22 mins).

But New Mills were lively at the other end and it took a good covering clearance from Napier-Hemy to keep the visitors at bay at the cost of a corner. Next, Mainoo-Hames fired over from the right of goal, after a good feed from Riley (25 mins). Alty almost doubled their lead soon after this when Tansinda and Mainoo-Hames combined before Watmore danced through the penalty area and smashed a shot against the keeper's right upright.

The pattern of Altrincham being on top but New Mills winning an occasional corner continued past the half hour mark. As half time approached Watmore did well and fed Ofori who, from left of goal, found Riley unmarked in the goalmouth and the midfielder sidefooted the ball home from close range to make it 2-0 (42 mins). A Watmore shot was then deflected out for a corner but half time arrived with no further addition to the 2-0 score line.


Alty introduced Denico Walters at the interval for Ofori and within two minutes the new player had scored. This goal was instigated by Coombs who fed Mainoo-Hames on the left wing. He beat his defender and his low cross found Watmore. He dribbled his way through the box before setting up Walters for a tap-in goal (47 mins).

After a fairly uneventful few minutes, Alty introduced Liam Rutledge on the left in place of Mainoo-Hames (61 mins). Again, the substitute had an impact as he several times made good runs up the flank. But New Mills continued to win corners but could not break through despite making three second half changes. Alty themselves won two corners but at the other end the New Mills no.19 was causing Alty's defence some concern on the visitors' left wing. Another Alty corner soon arrived following a throw in from Grimshaw.

Riley's corner was steered goalwards by Weatherby but Joe Coombs got the final touch to make it 4-0 after 79 minutes. Alty now made another change as Mason replaced Watmore (80 mins). A minute later it was 5-0 as Riley fed Makela and he smashed the ball into the net from right of goal (81 mins). But it took a fine block from Adam Reid to stop the New Mills no.18 from scoring, firstly blocking his fierce shot then gathering the loose ball (83 mins).

Indeed, New Mills kept going to the end and in the closing minutes a low cross from the no.19 flashed across the Alty goalmouth but went unconverted. So, Altrincham ran out comfortable winners against hardworking opponents with both teams doing well to serve up a good game on a difficult, muddy surface.