ALTRINCHAM FC MATCH REPORTS

ALTRINCHAM (1) 1
CREWE (0) 1

Hallmark Security Cheshire Football League match
played on Saturday, 13 May 2017, at 3.30pm


SUMMARY

A win would have secured fourth place in this final match of the season, which was watched by the new first-team management duo of Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel. But after Altrincham had taken a deserved lead through Faux, they conceded a second half equalizer when goalkeeper Jones did well to stop a close-range header from the visitors' centre-back, but the same opponent netted the loose ball. As a result, Alty finished a very respectable sixth.


SCORERS:
  • 33 mins: Josef FAUX (ALTRINCHAM 1 Crewe 0)
  • 69 mins: Crewe No.5 (ALTRINCHAM 1 Crewe 1)

REFEREE: TBA
ATTENDANCE: N/A
TEAM NEWS

The Reserves included Sam Heathcote at centre-back and Harry Cain on the left wing.

LINE-UPS:

ALTRINCHAM RESERVES (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Andrew JONES, 2. Harry SHERIDAN, 3. Will FOSTER, 4. Jordan MILNE, 5. Sam HEATHCOTE, 6. Joshua GRAHAM, 7. Josef FAUX, 8. Peter IACOVOU, 9. Rhain DAVIS, 10. Joel SWIFT (c), 11. Harry CAIN. Subs: 12. 14. 15. 16. Max POUNCEY


BACKGROUND

This final fixture of the season had been switched to the J. Davidson Stadium from Egerton Sports Club.


REPORT

The visitors won the game's first corner and they also had the best chance of the early stages as a long ball got their no.9 free but the ball ran off his chest to keeper Jones (12 mins).

Alty's best efforts at this stage were a Milne volley which cleared the bar and a Cain shot which was blocked.

Though Altrincham were having a lot of possession, Crewe's no.9 had another chance after 21 minutes when an excellent long ball gave him an opening but he fired over the bar. Then following a freekick the visitors' got in a header which just cleared the bar.

However, it was Altrincham who took a 33rd minute lead when Faux, who had impressed on the right wing, converted a ball from the left with a fine shot, from right of goal which gave the Crewe keeper no chance.


Half-Time: ALTRINCHAM RESERVES 1 CREWE 0

Altrincham won two early corners after the interval but they did not seriously test the Crewe keeper till the 56th minute when a Davis volley forced a save.

However, when the visitors' number nine again got free of the Alty defence, he fired over the bar (55 mins). At the other end, Davis put in a well executed volley but the keeper saved it.

Crewe then had a good spell, winning two corners, before Altrincham had a goal disallowed for a foul on the Crewe keeper. But the visitors then played in an excellent freekick which their number five met with a fine header. Jones saved the point-blank effort impressively but the loose ball ran to the Crewe centre-back who netted to level the scores (69 mins).

Soon afterwards a well-struck Milne shot was diverted by a defender's header forcing his keeper to make a good save (72 mins).

Alty won a couple of corners in the closing stages but were unable to get the goal which would have secured three points and a fourth-place finish in the league.


Full-Time: ALTRINCHAM RESERVES 1 CREWE 1

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