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Alty Ladies line up against Northwich Vixens, 30 October 2016

Altrincham FC runs an open-age Ladies' team which plays in the North West Regional League.

The venue for home matches is normally Mersey Valley Sports Club, Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL. Matches are normally played on Sundays, k.o. 2pm. Spectators are welcome at all games. For details of matches and times, please see the fixtures list below.

There is a separate website for the Altrincham FC Juniors and social activities.


Manager - Keith Edleston

Administration/Coach - Phil Taylor

Fitness Coach - John McManus

Coach - Dave Grundy


Aspiring lady footballers are invited to e-mail the Ladies' Team Manager, Keith Edleston, giving details of their footballing background.

Altrincham FC Ladies'  FIXTURES for 2016-17 in the
North West Women's Regional League, Division One South, are here.


26 June 2017


Manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, Keith Edleston, reports that "New signing Aimee Hopkinson put pen to paper yesterday and will join up with her new teamates for the coming preseason. Aimee, who is a two-footed versatile defender can play anywhere across the back four, joins us from Northwich Vixens where she was an ever present in the side. Her playing career has previously been at Macclesfield Town LFC  and Stockport County LFC.  I'm sure she will be a great aquisition to the squad. Welcome to the club, Aimee!"

20 June 2017


Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies, tells us that "All the squad would like to wish good luck to our midfielder, Anna Dillon (above), who has been selected to represent the Isle of Man in the Island Games in Gotland this coming weekend. Anna has just returned to action from an operation on a serious shoulder injury and we wish her and all her team well in this prestigious competition. (The Island Games are basically all the small islands around the world competing in Olympic-style competitions). We'll be following her and the results closely via our Manx roving reporter Paul Hatton.

Good luck Anna, go smash it!"

1 May 2017


Yesterday, the FA reported that Altrincham FC Ladies had lost 2-4 at Curzon Ashton on Sunday and that, therefore, they had finished seventh in the league table. In fact, Alty won 4-2, thanks to goals by Laura Dodds (2), Jade Hesketh and Kate Bryan.

The FA has now corrected its error as and revised its table to confirm that Alty Ladies actually finished sixth in the North West Womens Regional League Division One South.

Last Thursday, the champions, Merseyrail Bootle, beat Altrincham FC Ladies 6-1 on Merseyside.

19 April 2017


Alty Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, has kindly forwarded the latest match report on his team, from Manx correspondent Paul Hatton...

Northwich Vixens 0 Altrincham 2

Two well-taken second half goals not only secured Altrincham FC Ladies' eighth league win of the season, but also completed their second league double, defeating Northwich Vixens 2-0 at Lostock Gralam FC.

The first-half performance saw Alty, yet again, dominate but unable to convert a host of chances. Megan Rowley had an effort rebound off the crossbar, Megan Wright fashioned an opening, only to steer her shot agonisingly wide. Jade Hesketh also worked a shooting chance; her acute-angled shot was well saved when there were better options with a cut-back in the penalty area, as the match finished goal-less come the interval.


Above: Megan Wright taking on a Vixens defender.

Half-Time 0-0

On resumption, Vixens were quicker out of the blocks, Alty goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton was forced into making an impressive save and, moments later, the Robins were caught out defensively and saw the hosts narrowly steer a chance off target.

Undeterred, Altrincham worked their way back into the match, kept on pushing and probing, and they were rewarded with the opening goal on 68 minutes. Wright intercepted a free-kick, she passed to Hesketh who, with her back to goal, released an angled pass to Rowley, a player who has made her way through the youth ranks. She ran into space, unleashed an angled shot across goal and saw it nestle inside the far post for her first ever senior goal.

Alty kept on pouring forward and their second goal duly arrived on 88 minutes. Georgia Vernardakis dinked the ball into space on the right, releasing Rowley. Cutting inside, her by-line effort was pushed out by the Vixens’ goalkeeper. Kate Bryan reacted the quickest to smash her shot into the top right to secure victory.

With only two league fixtures left and results pending, Altrincham FC Ladies will finish in their highest ever league position since they were formed back in 2011.

18 April 2017


Keithe Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, reports on his team's 2-0 away win in the Cheshire derby against Northwich Vixens.

"A tough Cheshire derby saw the girls record a much needed win over Northwich Vixens; goals from Megan Rowley and Kate Bryan secured the points. A late call-off from left-back Kye Brown meant a quick starting reshuffle into a 3-4-3, where Megan Wright slotted in to left midfield and there was a starting front-two of Jade Hesketh and Megan Rowley, with Laura Dodds in a no.10 role.

The first half was cagey with both teams probing different angles and having quite differing styles of play. It took a bit of Rowley magic to nearly break the deadlock when she burst through and chipped the outcoming keeper. With us all thinking this was her first goal for the seniors, it struck the crossbar and bounced down onto the line and into a very grateful keeper's arms.

The half finished 0-0 but with plenty of positives, and with a half-time chat still ringing in the players' ears we set about the second half with renewed enthusiasm.

The game continued with us playing the way we do, with great link up from our midfield to the strikers and also spreading the play from side to side when possible.

Then the moment we have been waiting for arrived when, on 65 minutes, the deadlock was broken. A ball was played through to Megan Rowley, who then took it on past a defender, drew the keeper, then buried it in the bottom corner... GOAL 1-0.

It was her first goal since making the step up from juniors to seniors. A second goal arrived, near the end, from another Megan Rowley shot. The keeper parried the ball out, only for Kate Bryan to run onto it and slam it into the top corner to make it 2-0... and that is how it ended.

It was a gutsy, gritty performance from the girls that secured us the bragging rights in Cheshire for this season. Thank you to Northwich Vixens for their great hospitality and we wish them good luck for their remaining games".

16 April 2017


Altrincham FC Ladies won 2-0 away to Northwich Vixens on Sunday. Next Sunday they are away again, against Merseyrail Bootle.

12 April 2017


Paul Hatton reports on Sunday's game which ended, Altrincham FC Ladies 2, Liverpool City Ladies 2...

"Jade Hesketh’s last gasp strike against Liverpool City was enough to see a share of the spoils on a pulsating second half encounter in a 2-2 draw at Moss Lane. Alty women would be perfect for the pools coupons, now drawing three out of their last four consecutive fixtures.

Above: Captain Bliss Molyneux leads the team out with mascot, 8 year-old Lucy from Altrincham JFC Robins.

Over 200 came to watch as, yet again, the Robins couldn’t make a number of chances count in the first half. Megan Wright and Georgia Vernadakis also posed the main attacking threat in the opening forty-five. However, Liverpool City, positioned at the base of the table, had their chances too. Direct in their approach play, launching it to attacker Sophie Hughes, on one occasion, her shot forced Alty goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton into making an impressive save as half-time arrived goal-less.

On resumption, the Robins were made to count for not taking their chances with Liverpool taking the lead on 52 minutes with an exceptional goal. Hughes found a yard of space and unleashed a long-range shot that flew into the top right from an acute angle.

Although Altrincham continued to press, they still couldn’t force an opening. Liverpool doubled their lead on 80 minutes. Hughes broke away along the right and cut inside to chip home.

Alty pulled a goal back in the 86th minute, Vernadakis dinked a ball over the top for Laura Kelly to run onto and expertly place home a diagonal shot.

With the last attack of the match, the Robins levelled the scoreline. Brogan Walsh slipped a through-ball to Hesketh who made a pocket of space, kept her composure and rounded the goalkeeper to slip a left-footed shot into the net to send the Moss Lane crowd into raptures".

9 April 2017



Above: Alty defend their goal in the first half.

Altrincham FC Ladies came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool City Ladies in Sunday's league match at the J Davidson Stadium. More on this match to follow...

Next week the Alty Ladies are away to Northwich Vixens.

7 April 2017


The Sale & Altrincham Messenger reports that "It was an afternoon of frustration for Altrincham FC women’s team, drawing a second successive blank in a 0-0 draw against Chorlitans [Chorltonians] at Mersey Valley.

Although the Robins are unbeaten in three matches, conceding only once, it is a lack of goals up front that is of concern. It was a promising start for Alty, Kyeshia Brown seeing a long-range effort well claimed by the visiting goalkeeper. The Robins' best chance came on nine minutes, Megan Wright collecting a ball over the top but her low effort was denied by an outstretched keeper’s leg.

The visitors did have a spell where they came close on a couple of occasions, while Megan Rowley saw her shot parried by the visiting goalkeeper. It looked destined to go in before the danger was cleared by a defender.

Chorlitans[Chorltonians] also came close themselves following a corner, a diving header cleared off the line, however neither side did enough to find a way through as the points were shared".

6 April 2017


Alty Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, informs us that "Our next NWWRFL Div 1 game is to be held at The J Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane this coming Sunday 9th April v Liverpool City LFC. It is a 2pm kick-off with free entry to all. We have invited all the Altrincham Junior girls' teams down to see how the new pathway works, from our junior set-up, from 4 years old all the way to the first team adult set up. We would love to see as many people come down to Moss Lane as possible to have a look at the set-up, watch a bit of women's football and cheer your Ladies' team on to a big three points. We look forward to seeing you down there".


On Sunday, at Stockport Sports Village, Altrincham FC Ladies lost 1-3 in their home fixture against Merseyrail Bootle

30 March 2017


Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies team writes that "Due to the Manchester Marathon going past our home ground at Mersey Valley Sports Club we have had to find an alternative venue for this coming Sunday's game against league leaders, Merseyrail Bootle.

We are grateful to Jane Morley, Stockport County LFC and Stockport Sports Village for accommodating us at such short notice. The game is a 2pm kick off on Pitch 1 (astro) and the clubhouse will be open from 12.30pm for refreshments. Why not come down and cheer the girls on towards three points?"


20 March 2017



Just like the men's first team, Altrincham FC Ladies played out a goalless draw, away to Egerton Ladies on Sunday. The Ladies remain in sixth place. their next fixture is at home to Chorltonians, next Sunday (2pm at Mersey Valley).

15 March 2017


Keith Edleston, manager of Alty Ladies, has kindly forwarded Paul Hatton's report on Sunday's game which ended Liverpool Feds 1 Altrincham 3.

"Two goals in the closing stages saw Altrincham Fc register an impressive 3-1 away victory against Liverpool Feds at I M Marsh Sports Centre, Aigburth.

Above: Megan Rowley shields the ball from a Feds' defender.

Although the result was about the superb all-round-team performance, it was the first-team start of Megan Rowley, who recently came through the junior ranks, which really impressed, chasing every lost cause in the attack and giving the Feds’ defence a torrid time.

The match was a tight affair in the opening stages, before eventually opening up. Liverpool had the first chance when a Feds’ player’s low effort beat goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton. Full-back Kyeshia Brown raced back to make an important clearance of the goal-bound ball.

Megan Wright twice went close with efforts, just off target, for the Robins. However, it was the Feds who took the lead on the half-hour mark. Following a cross from the right, Amie Hands nipped in to tuck the ball inside the right post.

After the break, Alty got the much much-needed equalizer on 52 minutes. They were awarded a penalty following a handball, Laura Dodds dispatching the resulting spot-kick into the bottom left corner.

Altrincham dominated the match thereafter. Kate Bryan had an effort that hit the crossbar and Wright had two more chances off-target. Victory appeared to be slipping away for the Robins until they struck on 89 minutes. Following a corner that was half-cleared, Alty recycled play, Dodds passed a ball behind the Feds’ back-line for Wright to sweep home from close range.

With the match in added time, Altrincham scored the deserved third. Full-back Tish Collins intercepted a Feds’ free-kick and played a ball over the opposing back-line. Marcia Jones-Sacharewicz latched onto this and expertly placed the ball into the net for her first goal for the club and wrap up a memorable afternoon for Altrincham FC women’s team.

14 March 2017


Keith Edleston, manager of Alty Ladies, has kindly forwarded Paul Hatton's report on Sunday's game which ended Liverpool Feds 1 Altrincham 3.

"Two goals in the closing stages saw Altrincham Fc register an impressive 3-1 away victory against Liverpool Feds at I M Marsh Sports Centre, Aigburth.

Above: Megan Rowley shields the ball from a Feds' defender.

Although the result was about the superb all-round-team performance, it was the first-team start of Megan Rowley, who recently came through the junior ranks, which really impressed, chasing every lost cause in the attack and giving the Feds’ defence a torrid time.

The match was a tight affair in the opening stages, before eventually opening up. Liverpool had the first chance when a Feds’ player’s low effort beat goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton. Full-back Kyeshia Brown raced back to make an important clearance of the goal-bound ball.

Megan Wright twice went close with efforts, just off target, for the Robins. However, it was the Feds who took the lead on the half-hour mark. Following a cross from the right, Amie Hands nipped in to tuck the ball inside the right post.

After the break, Alty got the much much-needed equalizer on 52 minutes. They were awarded a penalty following a handball, Laura Dodds dispatching the resulting spot-kick into the bottom left corner.

Altrincham dominated the match thereafter. Kate Bryan had an effort that hit the crossbar and Wright had two more chances off-target. Victory appeared to be slipping away for the Robins until they struck on 89 minutes. Following a corner that was half-cleared, Alty recycled play, Dodds passed a ball behind the Feds’ back-line for Wright to sweep home from close range.

With the match in added time, Altrincham scored the deserved third. Full-back Tish Collins intercepted a Feds’ free-kick and played a ball over the opposing back-line. Marcia Jones-Sacharewicz latched onto this and expertly placed the ball into the net for her first goal for the club and wrap up a memorable afternoon for Altrincham FC women’s team.

13 March 2017



Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, writes, "Great result on Sunday up at IM Marsh Liverpool. Everytime you go to Merseyside you know you are in for a tough game and Sunday proved to be just that.

In an even first half, where chances were at a premium, it was was a suprise when a cross into the box somehow managed to sneak into the net to give Feds a 1-0 lead.

It was a much improved second-half performance and, with our stamina and fitness wearing the Feds' players down, (well done John McManus - your fitness work is paying off), we equalized through a Laura Dodds penalty on 50 mins after a handball in the box.

After that, it was all one-way traffic and wave after wave of attacks finally payed dividends when a Megan Wright goal on 88 minutes finally put us in front and the icing on the cake was when Marcia was put through on a one on one and she finished in style to make it a final score of 3-1 to the Lady Robins.

Megan Rowley got her full debut today and played very well and deservedly got Opposition Player of the Game and also our Management Player of the Game, for such a young player stepping up from the Juniors she has an old head on her shoulders, which is fantastic. Good luck for the rest of the season to Colin and his girls at Feds". The Gaffer

10 March 2017



Manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, Keith Edleston, reports a new signing.


"The Gaffer is seen (above), on Thursday night, welcoming our new signing to the squad, Spanish goalkeeper Esther Henandez Rodriguez. Esther is a goalkeeper who has been training with us for a few weeks, (courtesy of Elina Parker who brought her down).

She comes with a fine pedigree at League 2 level (League 1 has Barcelona, etc in it). She will have to wait a few weeks though for her international clearance to come through but will still be involved in matchdays with current No.1 Lizzie Brereton in the warm-ups and also to help her bond with the squad. Esther will take the No.22 shirt.

Welcome to the club Esther".

26 February 2017


Today's Alty Ladies' home game against Warrington Wolverines is "on" and will kick off at 2pm at Mersey Valley, Banky Lane, Sale.


Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies has kindly forwarded a match report from Paul Hatton on their Cheshire County Cup quarter-final, las Sunday, against Tranmere Rovers

Lady Robins bow out in style


It’s fair to say that the cups have been unkind to Altrincham FC this season. Drawn against sides located in the leagues above them, the Robins felt they could have got something against Tranmere Rovers in the Cheshire County Women’s FA Cup.

The Birkenhead side currently occupy the bottom slot in the Premier League Northern Division 1, two leagues above Alty. In an evenly contested first half, Tranmere’s class showed in the last thirty minutes of the second half, securing a 4-1 victory at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

It started so promisingly enough for Altrincham when Laura Kelly was put clear in the early exchanges and, with only the goalkeeper to beat, steered her effort wide.

However, following some pressure, Alty made this count with only 12 minutes on the clock. Kelly passed inside from the right for Jess Hartopp to tuck the ball home to take the lead.

Alty’s goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton pulled off two impressive saves, however, their advantage only last 5 minutes. Tranmere played long ball; one such pass found Candice Nellist beating the offside trap to smash her shot hit the inside the far post before nestling into the net to level matters.

Then Birkenhead took the lead for the first time two minutes later, Lindsey Smith directed home a far-post header from a corner.

Altrincham were by no means overawed and could have equalised before half-time, when Kate Bryan’s strike struck the crossbar.

After the break, Laura Dodds’s header was diverted wide for a corner. From the resulting flag-kick, Kyeshia Brown’s header was just off target.

Tranmere’s experience in plying their trade in higher league echelons started to show, Nellist adding a third.

Hartopp had a chance to pull one back, steering an effort across goal just wide. However, Heather Scheuber netted their fourth in the closing stages.

Megan Wright drove a shot straight at the Tranmere goalkeeper before full-time but it was the Birkenhead side that progressed through to the next round of the cup".

12 February 2017


Altrincham FC Ladies' next match is on Sunday, 19 February, when they play an Cheshire Cup quarter final away to Tranmere Rovers, with a 1-30pm kick off at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, CH65 9LB.

The Ladies return to league action the following Sunday (26th) when they host Warrington Wolverines at Mersey Valley (2pm).


Today's Altrincham FC Ladies' friendly match at Ellesmere Port Town has been postponed.

8 February 2017


Manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies, Keith Edleston, informs supporters that "As we do not have a scheduled NWWRFL league game this weekend, and with not playing last weekend due to the bad weather, I have hastily arranged a friendly game against Ellesmere Port Town LFC (away) this coming Sunday at 2pm. This game will take place on 3G astro so we should have no problems weather-wise. This will be a good test for the girls before we play our Cheshire County Cup Q/F v Tranmere Rovers the following Sunday at the same venue.

If you can make the trip over to support the girls we would love to see you there".

30 January 2017


On Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies lost 1-5 at home to Bolton Wanderers in the Argyle Sports Plate.

29 January 2017


Today's Altrincham FC Ladies' match at home to Bolton Wanderers goes ahead after a pitch inspection passed the surface as playable. Kick off is at Mersey Valley FC, Banky Lane, Sale at 2pm.

26 January 2017


Altrincham FC Ladies' next game is an Argyle Plate tie on Sunday, 29 January versus Bolton Wanderers LFC. It takes place at Mersey Valley Sports Club, Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL, with kick off at 2pm. The social club will be open throughout the day from 12.30pm.

Last Sunday, the Ladies also had a cup match, when they won 1-0 away to Birkenhead in the Cheshire County Cup match. Courtesy of Paul Hatton and Keith Edleston we have a report on that fine victory...

Robins advance into Quarter Final of The County Cup

"Great result today in our Cheshire County Cup game away at Premier League opposition Birkenhead. Every time you go to Merseyside/Wirral you are assured of a very tough game and today was no exception. In a first half, which the girls took the game to their opponents and with a more than a few chances to take the lead, especially a superb Laura Dodds surge into the box which finished with her hitting the bar, it ended 0-0. With a bit more care and attention with the ball we knew we could break them down.

The second half continued the way of the first, with us having most of the play but the occasional foray into our box from Birkenhead meant we had to stay switched on. After running herself into the ground we let Jess Hartop have a rest with Laura Kelly entering the field of play. And it was her mazy run down the right-hand side that saw a quality ball into the box for Sadie Powell to notch her first (and ultimately the winning) goal for the club.

There was even time for a couple more chances and a Megan Wright shot on goal, which we all thought had crossed the line, before the last few minutes when Birkenhead threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at us but we held out.

We now take on Tranmere Rovers Ladies (away) in the quarter final of The Cheshire County Cup on the 19th February.

The final score was Birkenhead LFC 0 Altrincham FCL 1 (Sadie Powell 79 mins).

Well done to all".

22 January 2017


Manager Keith Edleston is pleased to report a new signing for his Altrincham FC Ladies' team.

Referring to the image (above), Keith says, "Our new signing Sophie Carolan shakes hands with the gaffer after Thursday night's training. Sophie, who is a young, pacy right-sided midfielder/forward, has been at Stoke City FC until the constant travelling two or three times a week from Altrincham was getting too much to do.

More recently Sophie has been playing for Wythenshawe Amateurs under-18s to keep herself fit and sharp. She has been allocated the squad number 20 shirt. Welcome to the club, Sophie".

15 January 2017



Altrincham FC Ladies' game today at Birkenhead has been postponed. As manager Keith Edleston says, "With heavy rain throughout the night and it continuing this morning the ref has deemed the pitch 'unplayable'. We try again with the fixture next Sunday"

9 January 2017



At FC United of Manchester, there was "New Year cheer for FC's Women with Victory over Altrincham. Luke Podmore’s first home game in charge was rewarded with a hard fought, narrow 1-0 victory over Altrincham FC Ladies; Jess McCarrick scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

As early as the first minute when Beth Tattersall delivered excellent consecutive crosses with no end product, the general pattern of the game was established; United would strive forward in persistent red waves looking for the elusive, decisive strike whilst Altrincham would absorb the pressure, stifle their hosts and look to hit on the break...

Five minutes remained of a frustrating half as Chambers floated a fee kick into the danger zone causing panic in the Altrincham defence as Fran Davies fired the loose ball back in for Parker to beat Brereton who was saved by the woodwork as the ball cannoned harmlessly away....

The second half continued in much the same vein with United on the front foot from the restart... On 55 minutes first Wolstencroft, surging beyond Altrincham’s back line, struck the post from 20 yards with Parker doing the same within a minute.

With FC pressure and momentum building by the minute the breakthrough finally came midway through the half. McCarrick anticipated a forward pass from Altrincham’s defence to midfield and her well timed interception was played short and forward to Mia Holden who helped the ball through to McCarrick who had continued her run. Suddenly the defender-cum-midfielder was beyond the Altrincham rearguard one on one with Brereton and her abundance of calm, typical of her all round play, saw McCarrick stroke the ball past the excellent keeper to an outpouring of congratulations matched by relief on and off the pitch.

Further chances were spurned and as the game neared its end United protected their precious lead, nervously at times, giving away a dangerous free kick from which Laura Dodds drew a fine save from Gillingham. The United keeper, a spectator for large intervals, was injured with a couple of minutes to go as she bravely cleared from the edge of her area under pressure from Jessica Hartopp but United held the visitors’ late charge at bay...

FC United of Manchester Women: 1. Amy Gillingham, 18. Morgan McWhirter, 2. Fran Davies, 5. Chelsea Patient, 3. Abbie Carrington, 17. Jess McCarrick, 6. Mia Holden, 15. Jade Parker, 10. Beth Tattersall, 11. Kirsty Chambers (Capt), 9. Shellby Wolstencroft. Subs: 4. Olivia Greenhalgh, 8. Adora Yau, 14. Leah Dolan, 16. Charlie Evans, 19. Allisha Marsh.

Altrincham FC Ladies: 1. Lizzie Brereton, 4. Kyesha Brown, 3. Heather Scott, 14. Megan Wright, 5. Louise Edleston, 6. Letitia Collins, 15. Jade Hesketh, 8. Gail Simpson, 16. Bliss Molyneux (Captain), 10. Laura Dodds, 11. Georgia Plant, Subs: 7. Jessica Hartopp, 9. Laura Kelly, 18. Lucy Smith, 21. Marcia Sacharewicz, 23. Brogan Walsh".

8 January 2017


The FA confirms that Altrincham FC Ladies lost 1-0 away to FC United of Manchester on Sunday. FCUM are second in the league whilst Alty ladies are now sixth but with games in hand.

Coming up for Alty Ladies is an Argyle Sports Plate cup match at home to Bolton Wanderers on 22 January (2pm).

15 December 2016



The following fixtures North West Women's Regional League fixtures for Altrincham FC Ladies have been amended and are now being played as follows....

  • SUN 12 MAR 2017 at 14:00 ALTRINCHAM FC LADIES -v- LIVERPOOL CITY LADIES COMMUNITY FC (was SUN 12 MAR 2017) Venue: Mersey Valley Sports Club
  • SUN 19 MAR 2017 14:00 EGERTON -v- ALTRINCHAM FC LADIES (was SUN 11 DEC 2016) Venue: Egerton Youth Club
  • SUN 26 MAR 2017 14:00 CURZON ASHTON FC (TAMESIDE) WOMEN -v- ALTRINCHAM FC LADIES (was SUN 12 MAR 2017) Venue: Tameside Stadium

7 December 2016



Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, writes:

"Here is a report and picture from our Manx reporter Paul Hatton who came over for the weekend (and also attended the first-team's Tamworth game)...

'Lady Robins secure all three points in the Cheshire Derby

Above, right: Louise Edleston brings the ball out of defence. Image courtesy of Keith Edleston. .

A Brogan Walsh second half strike was enough for Altrincham FC women’s team to secure maximum points against Stockport County Blues, securing a 1-0 victory in the North West Regional Division One South at Mersey Valley, thus consolidating fifth place.

Although the visitors turned up with the bare starting XI, they did frustrate the Robins. The hosts dominated for large periods but could not convert that possession into a more comprehensive score-line.

With the match just over a minute old, Alty had a glorious opportunity to take the lead. Laura Kelly crossed from the left, picking out an unmarked Megan Wright at the far post, but she steered an easy chance wide.

The Robins continued to force the issue, Wright and Walsh had chances off target whilst, just before the interval, Kelly had an effort cleared off the line.

After the break, Alty kept up the pressure. Two handball appeals were turned down in the penalty area, Laura Dodds fired a free-kick straight at the goalkeeper and Kelly drove a low shot narrowly wide.

The breakthrough arrived on 62 minutes. Dodd’s corner was aimed at the far post, Louise Edleston pushed the ball onto Walsh’s path for her to steer home from close range.

Chances still came Alty’s way. Wright embarked on a weaving run, but drove the resulting shot straight at the keeper whilst Bliss Molyneaux lifted an effort over the crossbar following a corner but Alty could not add to their score-line.

Last Sunday also saw Megan Rowley make her senior debut for the team, replacing Walsh as soon as she scored. Rowley has came through the junior ranks. Manager Keith Edleston is keen to promote a pathway from the junior set-up through to the seniors.

Players' Player of the Match went to Heather Scott, Management Player went to Louise Edleston".

4 December 2016



Altrincham Ladies won on Sunday, 1-0 at home to Stockport County Blues and now lie fifth in the league. Their next match is away at Egerton on Sunday, 11th December.

2 December 2016


Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, announces...

"I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome two new signings to the Club, both of whom have joined us from Cheshire League leaders, Chester FC.

First up, is Marcia Sacharewicz (on the right of the picture). Marcia is a pacy prolific striker who was the Cheshire League's leading goalscorer last season and leads the way again with twelve this season, before her transfer over to us.

Second up is centre-half/right-back Tish Collins. Tish (on the left of the picture) is a tough ball-winning defender who always wants the ball and has the quality to bring it out of defence to start the play, she has played for Stockport County LFC and, last year, played in Runcorn's title-winning Divison 1 team.

Welcome to the Club, girls..."

28 November 2016


A goal from Laura Kelly gave Altrincham FC Ladies a 1-0 home win in their cup match against Witton Albion on Sunday afternoon.

27 November 2016


Today, Altrincham FC Ladies kick off at 1pm at Mersey Valley against Witton Albion in the Cheshire FA Women's Cup. The pitch has passed an inspection this morning so the tie will definitely go ahead.

25 November 2016


Altrincham FC Ladies' manager Keith Edleston is pleased to announce a "landmark" event for his team as a pathway has now been established from the junior girls to senior ladies' football. "Things are definitely moving forward for women's/girls' football in the club", said Keith.

He adds, "Over the past six months we have been working hard with Rachel (Girls' football co-ordinator), the Junior Girls' section of the club and specifically the Under-17s to try and bridge the gap between junior and senior football. We have had, (and will continue to do so), girls from Steve and Andrew's team down to our training sessions on a Thursday night to get them used to the transition.

All the girls have trained hard and, as Steve and Andrew have said, it's now showing and benefiting the girls when they play for their own team on a Saturday. Last night, a bit of history was made as Megan Rowley became the first player to make the transition into our squad, Megan (or her new nickname 'Junior' as we have christened her) has excelled when she has been down and I'm sure will continue to flourish with us over the coming season. She will still continue to play for her team on a Saturday but will also work with us on a Thursday and Sunday to continue her build-up into women's football and will be available for our squad selection. Megan will take the No.12 squad number".

23 November 2016



This coming Sunday (27th Nov 2016) in the Cheshire Cup Preliminary Round, Altrincham FC Ladies will entertain Witton Albion Ladies at Mersey Valley Sports Club, Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL, with a 1pm kick off. This is a rearranged game after the tie was postponed last Sunday.

The social club at Mersey Valley will be open throughout the day from 12 noon.

19 November 2016



Keith Edleston writes that "Altrincham FC Ladies' Cheshire Cup has fallen foul of the weather and has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This game will be re-scheduled for next Sunday at Mersey Valley with all the same details".

17 November 2016


Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, has sent us the following report...

"A view from a Manx Man" by Paul Hatton (Port Erin Isle of Man)

Altrincham FC Ladies 0 Curzon Ashton FC Ladies 1

Altrincham FC Women’s team have now lost two consecutive league matches, after they were defeated 1-0 against bottom-of-the-table Curzon Ashton at Mersey Valley last Sunday.

The two teams had met in a pre-season game, which the Robins had won convincingly 4-1. However, this was a different footballing side which Curzon fielded last weekend.

Above: Laura Dodds taking on the Curzon defence.

In a match that Altrincham dominated throughout, they were made to pay for their profligacy, for not converting a host of chances.

The first half hour was a scrappy affair with both sides locked in a midfield battle with through-balls from both sides either over-hit or swallowed up by the opposing defences. The only chance on target fell to the visitors, from which they scored via a long range strike on 20 minutes.

As the first half drew to close, Altrincham created the chances. Georgia Plant’s low, angled shot forced the Curzon goalkeeper into making an impressive save, Jess Hartopp had a strike that was headed cleared off the line, whilst subsitute Laura Kelly came close, steering just wide with her first touch.

After the break, Altrincham continued to dominate. Plant had a free-kick that hit the side-netting whilst Hartopp found shooting space, but drove her shot straight at the keeper.

Brogan Walsh came off the subs’ bench. She, too, had a shot that was thwarted by the visiting goalkeeper. Kelly also came close when her shot was pushed onto the post and, from the lingering danger, Walsh curled wide.

The Curzon net-minder continued to perform heroics in the closing stages, superbly repelling Laura Dodds's shot.

But the Robins couldn’t find a way through as all three points were clinched by the visitors come the final whistle.

The two teams will meet again in the league on the 27th November where Alty will be looking to redress the balance".

16 November 2016



Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies' team , writes...

"The Cheshire Cup begins...

We build up this week to the start of the Cheshire Cup and welcome Witton Albion to Mersey Valley this coming Sunday. This game is a 1pm kick-off and the usual facilities will be open from 12 noon. We always look forward to this cup as it's a huge competition and, if you win it, you can justifiably be called the 'Pride of Cheshire'. If you can, why not pop down and cheer the girls on to the next round? Also, we are proud to be helping our training kit sponsor Smart Storage and this year's Toy Appeal. If you can donate a toy to this fantastic appeal then please bring it along to Mersey Valley on Sunday. Thanks".

Full details of the Smart Storage toy appeal are here. Smart Storage are sponsors of the Altrincham FC Family Stand.

The match is at Mersey Valley, Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL. Any problems please contact me on 07711 961101 asap. We look forward to welcoming you down to Mersey Valley on Sunday.

10 November 2016


Altrincham Ladies will now be at home to Curzon Ashton this Sunday (2pm) in the league (rather than playing Chorltonians in the Manchester County Cup as previously scheduled). And, on 20 November, they welcome Witton Albion to the Mersey Valley Sports Club  for a County Cup tie.

The updated fixture list is here.

9 November 2016


Phil Taylor has very kindly provided match reports on the Ladies' recent league win over Northwich Vixens and their cup defeat, a week earlier, by Manchester Stingers.

4 November 2016


Manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, Keith Edleston, has supplied "a short report from our friend and reporter Paul Hatton on last Sunday's Cheshire derby game at Mersey Valley.


Altrincham FC Women’s team charted new territory, reaching their highest league position to date since the club was formed five years ago, following a 3-0 victory over Northwich Vixens at Mersey Valley last Sunday.

Alty now occupy third position within the North West Regional Division 1 South after registering their fifth win this season. However, this victory wasn’t as straightforward as it seemed. After dominating the first half, the Robins couldn’t convert a series of chances and the half finished goalless after a frustrating opening forty five.

The Vixens’ goalkeeper pulled off a number of impressive saves, denying Jess Hartopp with the first attack of the match and minutes later, repelling Kyeshia Brown’s strike.

However, Alty, on one occasion, were caught off-guard, a visiting player was clean through, only to see her effort superbly saved by Lizzie Brereton. Just before the interval, the hosts thought they had scored. Georgia Plant’s impressive free-kick saw the Vixens’ goalkeeper somehow clawing away the danger.

On resumption, Plant was unlucky not to score again, her strike hitting the crossbar.

The breakthrough arrived on 52 minutes. Jade Hesketh intercepted an opposing goal-kick and drilled it into the bottom right to make it 1-0.

Altrincham doubled their lead on 71 minutes. Plant’s corner was curled in and Laura Dodds directed home a header from close range.

Brogan Walsh came close to adding a third with an effort that went narrowly over the crossbar, so too Laura Kelly when her low strike was pushed onto the post.

Alty got their third with the last attack of the match. Following another Plant corner, the ball skimmed off Kelly’s head, directing her effort home at the near post to complete the scoring.

Player of the Match (voted by the players) was a three-way tie between Louise Edleston, Bliss Molyneaux and Georgia Plant. Manager's Player of the Match went to Jade Hesketh.

Onto this Sunday, when we are on our travels to Grappenhall Sports Club, where we take on Warrington Wolverines with a 2pm kick-off. This will be another tough game, and they come thick and fast, but we will be up for this as ever. Why not pop over to support the girls in their quest for another 3 points?

30 October 2016


Alty Ladies line up against Northwich Vixens.

Three second-half goals gave Altrincham FC Ladies a deserved win over Northwich Vixens on Sunday afternoon. Report to follow...

24 October 2016


Alty Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, has provided his "View from the Dugout" on Alty Ladies 4-2 defeat to Manchester Stingers on Sunday. (The official FA site gives the score wrongly as 3-4 - it was 2-4).

"Sunday's Argyle Sports League Cup First Round tie ended in a 2-4 defeat for the Ladies.

In a game which we started off so well and in which we took the lead through a great finish by Jade Hesketh, we seemed to have 20/30 minutes of 'indecision' and made some mistakes from which Stingers capitalised, so we went in at the interval 1-4 down!

Our second half performance was much better, with crisp, sharper passing and we really took the game to them. An early goal was needed and we got it through another fine strike from Megan Wright to make it 2-4. Game on!

We turned the screw now and we had Stingers rocking although, being a Premier League side, they were still dangerous on the break and they had a couple of chances to increase their lead, (thankfully wasted),

In the closing stages two one-on-ones with the Stingers' keeper were missed and, no matter how much we tried, our opportunity to advance into Round Two was over. I can't fault the girls' attitude and workrate as we took the game to them and nearly pulled it off. A massive thank you also to the sizeable crowd that are turning up to support us each game now. We do really appreciate it. Thank you!

Manager's Player of the Match went to Megan Wright for her non-stop work up front and a great goal.

We go again this coming Sunday with another home game, down at Mersey Valley at 2pm, versus Northwich Vixens. We'd love to see you there".

Pictured, above is Laura Kelly closing down a Stingers defender.

19 October 2016



Alty Ladies' 3-3 draw against Liverpool Feds Reserves last Sunday is the subject of Phil Taylor's latest match report.

18 October 2016


Via Alty Ladies' manager Keith Edleston, we have a brief report from "our Manx supporter/reporter Paul Hatton, on Altrincham FC Ladies 3 Liverpool Feds Reserves 3.

A 90th minute speculative strike from Altrincham’s Megan Wright made sure there was a share of the spoils when they drew 3-3 against Liverpool Feds at Mersey Valley in the North West Regional Division 1 South.

It was a match of two halves which saw the visitors take the lead on three occasions, only to be cancelled out by the Robins.

Altrincham played 4-5-1 in the first half, which saw them struggle to get a foothold, especially by the high standards they have set themselves this campaign. Liverpool repeatedly played the ball behind the hosts’ back-line which resulted in the opening goal. Captain Bliss Molyneaux was looking to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton, Levi Walmsley nipped in ahead to poke the ball into the net.

Altrincham’s only chance in the first half saw them score with 26 minutes played. Jade Hesketh slipped a pass to Jess Hartopp on the right who unleashed a trade-mark long range effort that flew into the roof of the goal.

However, the Feds restored their advantage, Carina Mendes received a through-ball and guided her shot into the net.

Brereton pulled off a great save before the interval, however, the Robins levelled for the second occasion on 51 minutes. Kate Bryan collected a Georgia Plant pass, side-stepped her marker and drillrd a low shot just inside the left post.

Liverpool scored for the third time following a corner wasn’t cleared. Jade Moore poked home from close range.

Alty pushed forward for another equaliser. Hartopp had a header cleared off the line, the Feds’ goalkeeper pulled off saves denying Plant and Wright.

On 90 minutes, Altrincham got their deserved equaliser. Plant’s corner was half-cleared, Wright unleashed a long range strike that landed into the roof of the goal and saw them maintain their fourth place in the league.

Player of the Match: Georgia Plant".

Keith adds that, below, we see captain Bliss Molyneaux, leading out the team with mascots Faye (U11s) and Lucy (U8s) from our junior girls' teams.



And, below, we see Laura Dodds in typical midfield action



16 October 2016


In their league match on Sunday at Mersey Valley, Altrincham FC Ladies drew 3-3 with Liverpool Marshalls Fed Reserves.

14 October 2016


A report on Altrincham FC Ladies' 3-1 win at Liverpool last Sunday is here, courtesy of Phil Taylor.


Congratulations go to an Altrincham FC Ladies' player as