ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Under-18s)
Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.
FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
Today's fixture is a league match at home to Skelmersdale United.
Above: Substitute Jordan Henry (no.18) converts the penalty which made the score 2-2.
In Sunday's NWYA League match at Hale Country Club on Sunday, Altrincham FC Youth fought back from 0-2 down at the interval to level the scores, with goals from Palma and Henry, only for opponents Chester FC to net a last-minute freekick to clinch the game 3-2.
Report to follow
Below we see the team before the kick-off.
For the record, Timms's first three Alty games were in three different competitions inside 11 days. He made his Alty debut at Vauxhall Motors on 9 September in the UniBond Premier. He then played in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Stalybridge six days later and on 19 September he kept goal for Alty in the FA Youth Cup.
With Altrincham playing at Runcorn Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup this Wednesday, Darius could add another competition to his CV!
However, one of Ashley's accomplishments has, so far, evaded Darius - that is, keeping goal and scoring in the same match. Ashley, when playing in goal for Atherton LR, scored from a corner in an amazing 6-5 defeat by Nantwich in the NW Counties League. LR trailed 5-1 with less than 10 mins to go before Timms levelled it to 5-5 before they lost to a late goal. LR won a corner kick and Timms ran up-field to hit a perfect, low, hard drive past Simon Pay in the Nantwich goal.
Tranmere Rovers report that "Tom Croughan scored five goals as Tranmere U18s claimed a comprehensive 7-1 win at Altrincham in the FA Youth Cup on Sunday night... Andy Parkinson's side will now play at home to Doncaster Rovers in the first round, details of which will follow next week".
Alty only trailed 0-2 at the interval but with Rovers' striker Tom Croughan finishing the game with five goals Altrincham had no answer to the visitors' pace, strength and movement off the ball.
However, Darius Palmer did score a fine consolation goal for The Robins and the team had done well to get through three previous rounds of the competition with some accomplished football.
Report to follow.
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red and white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Cameron TERRY, 2. Tom KELLY, 3. Sam BOWN, 4. Deklan HILL, 5. Harry SHERIDAN (capt), 6. Peter IACOVOU, 7. Jordan MILNE, 8. Dylan SCANLON, 9. Enis HOLTI, 11, Darius PALMER. Subs: 12. Reiss HUGHES, 14. Jordan HENRY, 15. Andy MATISHI, 16. Aaron CLAYTON, 20. Matthew LOIZOU (gk).
TRANMERE ROVERS (All green): 1. Parick WHARTON, 2. James GALLOWAY, 3. Eddie CLARKE, 4. Callum LACY, 5. James DEVINE, 6. Declan DRYSDALE, 7. Jamie HERON, 8. Ethan DEVINE, 9. Udoyen AKPAN, 10. Tom CROUGHAN (capt), 11. Scott MEDLAN. Subs: 12. Kevin CRINGLE, 14. Jack FLEMING, 15. Joe BRETT, 16. Ben KERR, 17. Nick LONG.
Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of this game at The J.Davidson Stadium. The commentator is Brian Flynn and the match summariser is Matt Doughty. Coverage starts at 6.55pm and you can listen to Radio Robins here.
The FA reports that "The draw for the first round of The FA Youth Cup has been made at Wembley Stadium. All First Round ties must be played by Saturday 5 November.
Tranmere Rovers report that they "dvanced to the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Durham City in the Second Qualifying Round at Prenton Park.
Ethan Devine opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Udoyen Akpan was fouled by visiting goalkeeper Kieran Stoker. Akpan then took centre stage, bagging a brace to ensure progress in the competition for Andy Parkinson's side...
Tranmere: Wharton; Solomon-Davies (Galloway, 65), J Devine, Drysdale, Clarke; Heron, Lucy, E Devine (Fleming, 85), Medlan; Akpan, Croughan (Brett, 69). Subs not used: Passant, Molyneux".
Also "Tranmere youth scholar Josh Solomon-Davies made his international debut for St Lucia Under-20 last weekend as they defeated La Clery 4-0. The 16-year-old played in the match which was a warm-up game for St Lucia's Caribbean Football Union finals in Curacao which are to start in the coming week".
The league table is here.
The full draw is:
Above: Alty line up before kick-off.
Altrincham FC Youth advanced to the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup with a 5-1 away win over Southport at Haig Avenue on Wednesday evening. Three goals in the match's opening nine minutes left Altrincham ahead 2-1. Hoti opened the scoring inside thirty seconds when Palmer's freekick was fumbled by the keeper. Less than two minutes later, Parker levelled for the Sandgrounders after Alty keeper Terry and defender Kelly had collided. Next, Pembele was upended in the box and Jambaya converted the spot kick to make it 2-1 to the visitors at the interval.
Jambaya made it 3-1 with a neat lob over the keeper from Pembele's flick-on, in the 52nd minute. Port wasted several chances with poor shooting before two goals in a minute wrapped the game up for Altrincham. First, nine minutes from time, substitute Henry charged down the Port keeper's attempted kicked clearance, leaving himself with an open goal into which to roll the ball. Then Palmer converted a fine, low cross from Jambaya to complete the scoring.
This impressive win was witnessed by first-team boss, Jim Harvey.
Match report here.
Pictured, above, Jambaya (yellow, no.17) threads a pass between two opponents.
Altrincham got their fourth in the ninetieth minute when the Vauxhall keeper and a defender made a hash of things, leaving Henry with an open goal and he scored from the edge of the box.
Match report here.
Above: Ricardo Pembele is congratulated on the opening goal.
Mike Ripley has excellent images from last Friday's FA Youth Cup win over Stockport County. Above, we see Ricardo Pembele neting the equalizing goal. More of Mike's images from the match can be viewed here.
Above: Alty meet the officials and opposition before kick off.
Altrincham FC Youth beat Stockport County 3-2 on Friday evening in the FA Youth Cup thanks to a winning goal in the fifth minute of added time from captain Thabari Jambaya. Altrincham had the better of the first half and deservedly led 1-0 at the interval through a 29th minute goal by Jordan Henry.
With County first-team manager Jim Gannon effectively taking charge of the Hatters' technical area for the second half, the visitors upped their game and equalised through substitute Robinson ten minutes after the break. When the same player netted again in the 77th minute it looked to be over for Altrincham.
But, in the 80th minute, Ricardo Pembele got the better of County keeper Gorst who had attempted to dribble clear outside his penalty area and the Alty sub netted with a fine shot from an acute angle. Alty were then reduced to ten men as they lost Milne to injury and two other players also went down with cramp before resuming.
Despite completing the last seven minutes of normal time, plus a similar period of added time, with ten men (only eight of whom were fully mobile), Alty snatched their dramatic winner to earn a trip to Vauxhall Motors in the First Round, which is to be played in the week commencing Monday, September 19th.
Match report here.
"The Board would like to announce that George Heslop has been made Honorary President of the Youth Team in recognition of many years of service to the Club.
George first started watching Altrincham in 1948 and has been involved in many roles, including being a gateman in his early years, Matchday Secretary, Company Secretary and has been Altrincham's most successful manager of the Youth team for over twenty years, winning many trophies and titles in this time.
There have been many players who have progressed through the Altrincham Youth set-up and played for our first team, including Lewis Chalmers, Kieran and Kelvin Lusgden, Ben Deegan, Sam Heathcote and Duncan Watmore, who now plays in the Premier League for Sunderland. There are many other ex-Altrincham Youth team players, too many to name, playing non-League football.
Many thanks on behalf of the Board, Neil Faulkner".
Other results in the NWYA Premier Division were
Above: Altrincham FC Youth team observe a minute's silence before the game on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Altrincham FC lost their opening league match, 0-1 at home to Ashton Athletic. An 87th minute goal won the game for the visitors but, earlier in the second half, Alty had a penalty saved.
Report to follow.
Harry Dulson got up highest to nod home the opener, a fine reward for a superb tournament from the centre-half, and Thabani Jambaya added another to his collection for the trip, midway through the second half.
The home side threw everything at the Altrincham defence an, despite some more great saves, Christian Evans was finally beaten when a wonde-strike crashed in, off the cross bar, with 15 minutes remaining!
Foyle Harps now had the bit between their teeth and a few Altrincham hearts were in mouths when a late chance bounced down off the bar onto the line but was cleared. Finally, the final whistle blew and the Altrincham players were joined by their under-13 counterparts for celebrations that went on all the way back to the hotel! What a fantastic trip!"
From Northern Ireland's Newsletter, "The Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup Under=19 final had everything in a pulsating showpiece at Ardmore on Friday night as local side Foyle Harps fell to Altrincham FC.
In a tense final it was the English side who prevailed with a 2-1 victory to claim the silverware... [A] corner saw Altrincham centre back Harry Dulson head goalwards with play waved on at first. After consulting his line official, the referee awarded a goal claiming the ball had crossed the line.
Ten minutes into the second period, Harps conceded again. Tricky Altrincham winger Thambani Jambaya neatly tucked the ball inside the post from 16 yards... A constant barrage of attacks from the local side saw them pull a goal back when Caolan Kearney’s deft chip from 20 yards out deceived the keeper and crept under the crossbar.
Minutes later Harps went down to 10 men with Odhran Scarlett sent off for abusive language... The red and white of Altrincham ran out 2-1 winners and collected the Hughes Insurance Under 19 Foyle Cup at Ardmore from Mr. Don Brennan, Area Manager, Hughes Insurance Northern Ireland."
Above and below, are images from Adam Nuttall showing the celebrations.
Partick were soon level, but Altrincham's quick counter attacking saw them add to the score sheet with Jambaya adding a second and skipper Dominic Newton breaking away to add a third before half time.
The Scottish side came at Altrincham hard but Evans's defence stood strong. Eventually, a twenty-yard free kick skidded off a wet surface and the lead was pegged back to 3-2. The goal of the game then came from substitute Aaron Clayton, who collected a loose clearance from the Partick goalkeeper, took one touch and left the keeper stranded from fully forty yards! 4-2 Alty!
With twenty minutes left on the clock, the Altrincham side were bolstered by strong performances by Jordan Henry and Isaac Graham, off the bench,to help take pressure off the defence. A late Partick goal meant a nervy final five minutes but Altrincham held on to book their place in Friday's Foyle Cup Final versus local side Foyle Harps at Ardmore, kick off 7pm.
The U13s continued their action packed week with a great team performance against Strabane. Tom J's dipping free kick and great saves from goalie Ben were the big highlights!
"Last night (Wednesday) the Youth Team won their third game in a row, to top the group with nine points, with a hard-fought win over the hometown side, Kildrum Tigers. Dominic O'Gara won and scored a penalty to equalise before slotting away the winner. Tonight (Thursday) we face Scottish side Partick Thistle in a semi-final of the Foyle Cup at Kings Lane, Ballykelly in the Limavady area. Kick off 7pm.
The U13s have been drawn to play Strabane Athletic once more in the Foyle Vase semi-final following Tuesday's game in the group stages. Everyone is working hard, especially our physio Aine!"
In addition, there are several Altrincham Juniors' sides playing in the Timperley and District Leagues in the U16, U17 and U18 age groups".
Currently Paul is in Ireland with Altrincham under-18 and under-13 teams. He tells us that "The older team beat Institute in their first group game on Monday night, 4-0. Declan Lewis scored a hat trick and Declan McGloin got the fourth goal, while Christian Evans saved a first-minute penalty.
The U13s put up a great team performance against a strong Sion Swifts side. They are enjoying the sunshine and have just outsung all the other teams on the opening ceremony parade!"
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The triumph at Alty was made all the more sweet after the Blues were forced to watch on last season as Altrincham won the title, but they were able to reverse the roles this time around.
Youth team manager Calum McIntyre told ChesterFC.com, 'Champions, and what a way to do it! Altrincham made it really difficult for us but we’ve done enough to get over the line'...
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford was an interested onlooker from the sidelines, with McIntyre hoping his young charges made an impression on the United ace... The Blues were, though, stymied in their attempts to make it back-to-back trophy successes after they were beaten 3-1 by AFC Fylde in the NWYA Premier Division Cup final at West Didsbury & Chorlton."
Meanwhile, the Chester Chronicle reports that "Chester FC Youth could be just one win away from securing the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division title. The young Blues will be crowned champions if they win at Altrincham on Thursday and second placed Ashton Athletic fail to beat Curzon Ashton.
Calum McIntyre’s side were forced to watch on last season as Altrincham pipped them to the title but they have the chance to right that wrong [sic] this week. Thursday marks the start of a busy fortnight for the Blues, who will be going for glory on three fronts, with a NWYA Premier Division Cup final against AFC Fylde on Sunday and a NWYA Open Cup final at home to Ashton Athletic on Sunday, May 15 (2.30pm) at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.
'It could be a really, really big night for us,' said McIntyre, whose side won 6-0 at home to Salford on Sunday... Altrincham are obviously the reigning champions so it would be an even bigger bonus to go and win the league at their place. We obviously missed out last season on the final day with a really young squad, it is pretty much the same group of players and they are chomping at the bit to put that right.
'We have never even got a point at Altrincham in the league, as things seem to go against us there, so we’re going to need to be at our best to get the job done'".
Above: Alty Youth go close in the second half against Skelmersdale United.
Altrincham FC Youth went down 2-3 in the Neil Thomason Cup at home to Skelmersdale United in a match played on the 3G pitch at Partington Sports Village. There is a match report here.
In the NWYA league Chester beat Morecambe 3-1 to extend their lead over Alty to six points. The league table is here.
The next fixture in the league is on Sunday, 13th March away to West Didsbury & Chorlton.
Coery Scarisbrick, Matthew Waters and Joe Savin scored the decisive goals for the hosts who lead the division on goal difference with a game in hand over Altrincham... Altrincham had chances of their own, James Jones twice blocking after the Blues failed to keep possession in their own half after a string of Alty set pieces...
It was to be from a set piece that the Blues edged in front. Nathan Brown’s inswinging corner was met by the head of Coery Scarisbrick, the captain heading into the ground as the ball bounced into the roof of the net to spark celebrations amongst the Blue shirts...
The visitors were reduced to ten men around the hour mark, Altrincham’s cautioned number 6 was dismissed for foul and abusive language after a foul on the left touchline. The numerical advantage gave the Seals the opportunity to dominate possession and a well worked move from the left appeared to be coming to nothing before left back Matthew Waters shifted inside to curl the ball deliciously into the top corner of the net to double Chester’s advantage.
With little over ten minutes remaining, Joe Savin put the game beyond all reasonable doubt, again Nathan Brown’s corner providing the assist as Savin sidefooted the ball high into the net via the underside of the crossbar...
Youth Team Manager Calum McIntyre said, 'Altrincham are obviously the team to beat this season given they won this division last year but we were first class this afternoon. To score three goals against the team at the top of the league is really pleasing but we are far more pleased with today’s clean sheet. We were rarely troubled and I thought we defended very well all round the pitch'".
ALTRINCHAM (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Daniel HAVERN, 2. Alex ROBBINS, 3. Callum FISHER, 4. Callum JONES, 5. Harry DULSON, 6. Rhain DAVIS (capt), 7. Jude OYIBO, 8. Brad ASPINALL, 9. Ashley LEATHER, 10. Ashley KNOWLES, 11. Dominic NEWTON. Subs: 12. Aidan YOUNG, 14. Dominic O'GARA, 15. Dylan WAGSTER, 16. Peter IACOVOU, 17. Kieran FURSE.
ROCHDALE (Blue): 1. Johnathan Biba MUSANGU, 2. Japhet MATA, 3. Callum SCORAH, 4. Ksimba KSIMBA, 5. Louis COYNE, 6. Andrew HOLLINS, 7. Brandon SMALLEY, 8. Tyler BERRY, 9. Harry PRATT, 10. Jack LENEHAN, 11. Matthew GILLAM. Subs: 12. Jack STEWART, 14. Jordan PRESCOTT, 15. Raphael CHEA, 16. Joe PIGGOTT, 17. Declan EVANS.
Altrincham captain Rhain Davis passed a late fitness test to play in this game against a Rochdale side watched by their first-team boss, Keith Hill, the former Barnsley manager.
The visitors started the better with Mata making incursions up the right wing during the first ten minutes and, from one of these, Gillam sliced an effort over the bar (2 mins). Alty gained some relief when Davis was fouled just inside the Rochdale half and from Aspinall’s freekick, a Dulson header was routinely saved by the keeper Musangu (13 mins). Alty had an escape when Ksimba fed Berry but he miskicked in front of goal. Havern then did well to tip out a shot from Gillam for a corner (14 mins).
Mata continued to cause problems on the Rochdale right but Altrincham were defending well. However, it took an impressive double stop from Havern to keep the game scoreless when he first blocked Smalley's effort before foiling Pratt as he pushed the ball round the post for a corner (27 mins).
Altrincham now got forward with Oyibo blocked before a Newton shot was saved, the home side’s first real effort on goal (28 mins).
Goalkeeper Havern was called on for another fine save after 32 minutes with a defender helping him out to clear the ball. When Rochdale took another corner, after 38 minutes, Smalley’s corner kick hit the far post. Moments later a ball was fed to Smalley who, from 10 yards out and with an unguarded goal, somehow hit the far post from left of goal to Altrincham’s relief (39 mins).
Rochdale maintained their dominance with another corner but just before the interval Altrincham won a corner following a six-pass move which ended with Oyibo. But Havern again had to be alert to beat out a shot from Scorah (45 mins).
|Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0
ROCHDALE FC YOUTH 0
Rochdale won an early second-half corner as Oyibo covered well for his team by the Alty byline (49 mins).
Altrincham now enjoyed their best spell to date, starting with Knowles and Leather combining but the striker's shot went narrowly wide (52 mins). Next Leather got in a shot which was saved before Rochdale's Kismba was booked, presumably for dissent (53 mins).
Leather continued to look lively as the Alty front man but soon after the hour mark, Rochdale won a corner. This was cleared but only back to the corner-taker who hit the ball low across the face of goal from the left. Gillam converted the chance from close range to make it 1-0 to Dale (63 mins).
Immediately Pratt was substituted by Piggott. Then a foul on Leather by Hollins gave Davis a freekick from 22 yards but he put it over the bar (64 mins). When the already booked Ksimba fouled Leather just outside the box, Davis had another freekick from similar range which this time yielded a corner (69 mins).
Altrincham brought on Wagster for Newton (73 mins) followed by O'Gara for Fisher as Alty altered their formation with two up front and a back three (79 mins).
In front of a gate announced as 257, Altrincham were still in the match as a fine run and cut inside by Davis produced a shot which was well saved (80 mins). With Jones having to take Havern's goalkick Altrincham were finally undone in the 86th minute. A misplaced pass across the front of the Altrincham box gave possession to Gillam. He advanced and made space well before scoring the decisive second goal.
Iacovou came on for Robbins (87 mins) before Stewart replaced Gillam for Rochdale (88 mins). Despite three minutes of added time, there was no way back for Altrincham. They had battled to the end but Rochdale had made their class tell with a performance which earns them an away tie at Notts County in Round Two.
|Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 0
ROCHDALE FC YOUTH 2
It is the team's first home match in the competition after successive, excellent away wins against FC United of Manchester, Workington and Newcastle Benfield.
Also tickets for the first-team's FA Cup match versus Barnsley will be on sale from 7pm at Wednesday's Youth Cup game and also at half time and full time.
Manager George Heslop has provided a brief report on Sunday's Open Cup win over Barnton here.
Altrincham's next FA Youth Cup opponents Rochdale report that their "Under 18 side extended their unbeaten league run to three on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with Walsall at Radcliffe Borough.
Brandon Smalley opened the scoring for Dale on the stroke of half-time, but the Saddlers converted a 74th minute penalty to grab a share of the points.
Dale XI: Dyche, Mata, Kisimba, Coyne, Schorah, Lenehan, Berry, Smalley, Stewart, Pratt, Gillam. Subs: Price, Evans, Chea, Piggot, Hollins".
26 October 2015
The FA Youth Cup First Round Proper tie between Altrincham and Rochdale, at the J. Davidson Stadium, will take place on Wednesday, 4th November at 7.45pm. Admission charges will be £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries.
Alty Youth won their Open Cup match at home to Barnton, 5-3 yesterday. There is no match report as the tie was moved to an earlier time without notification.FA announced that "The FA Youth Cup second round proper draw was made at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Friday morning...
All ties in this round must be played by Saturday 21 November 2015