FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
played on Thursday, 22 September 2016, k.o. 7.30pm


VAUXHALL MOTORS FC YOUTH (White shirts, blue shorts): 1. Braden WAUGH, 2. Cameron DRURY, 3. Josh METCALF, 4. Ross WARING (capt), 5. David McDERMOTT, 6. Sean ANDREWS, 7. Marc GRIFFITHS, 8. Joe BRANDON, 9. Owen AINSCOUGH, 10. Rory BURNS, 11. Niall WILLIAMS. Subs: 12. Conor BARTON, 7. Sam LANE, 21. Sam KRIMOU, 22. Oliver LLOYD, 23. Kenny BROWN

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Cameron TERRY, 2. Harry SHERIDAN, 3. Sam BOWN, 4 Deklan HILL, 5 Joshua GRAHAM, 6 Pete IACOVOU, 7. Aaron CLAYTON, 8 Darius PALMER, 9.Ricardo PEMBELE, 10. Declan McGLOIN, 11. Thabari JAMBAYA (c). Subs: 12 Alex FOORD, 14. James O'HARA, 15. Jordan HENRY, 16. Andy MATISHI, 20. Matty LOIZOU (gk).

Gate: 103

Referee: Mr Gary Polkey


Vauxhall kicked off but it was Altrincham who started the more brightly as McGloin got in a strong, low cross from the left with whuch Jambaya almost connected in the goalmouth, in only the second minute.

But as the game went into the fourth minute, Altrincham did take the lead as Pembele was put through up the middle and he finished well to make it 1-0.

1-0 became 2-0, only three minutes later, as Palmer did well to advance up the right wing before Pembele smartly scooped his low cross up and into the net for his, and his team’s second goal.

Vauxhall looked vulnerable every time Alty went forward at this stage and they conceded a third goal in the 13th minute when a fine run by Palmer, holding off a couple of challenges, got him into the box. The ball fell for Pembele to complete a rapid hat-trick.

But Vauxhall now got themselves together and should have reduced the arrears two minutes later when a cross from their left, after a good run by Williams, was miskicked by Brandon in the goalmouth (15 mins).

However, the Motormen did get back in the match after 21 minutes when a misunderstanding led to Bown and a fellow defender leaving a looping cross from the Vauxhall to each other and Griffiths impressively headed the ball back into the opposite corner of the net from the right of goal. So it was now 3-1 (21 mins).

Unsurprisingly, the goal lifted the hosts but Altrincham continued to look dangerous when they got forward. Unfortunately, the game was now marred by the first of two brawls. Following a foul, Williams landed two punches on Pembele who, not surprisingly, reacted. Other players waded in and, once calm had been restored, the three officials debated their decisions at length before both sides' number elevens (Williams and Jambaya) were shown red cards (31 mins). In addition both teams' number fours, (Hill and Waring) were shown yellow cards.

Vauxhall were now back into the game but Alty defended well. However, Altrincham soon got forward again and almost wrapped up the game in the 39th minute. A corner from the right was cleverly flicked behind him by Graham's foot. The ball fell to Bown. But, from inside the goalmouth, Bown diverted the ball wide of the post.

Next a fine run from Sheridan up the right flank earned his side a corner and, after Vauxhall's Brandon had put a freekick narrowly wide, Bown did well to halt Ainscough at the cost of a corner to the hosts (45+1 mins). In the substantial period of added time, Palmer seemed to be fouled as he got into the front centre of the opposition penalty area but the referee waved play on (40+5 mins).

So, although Altrincham had raced into an early 3-0 lead, Vauxhall had come back into the game and the match was now a much more even affair.


As in the first half, Altrincham started well and gained two early corners, the second arising after Pembele had forced a block from keeper Waugh. At the other end, Ainscough fired narrowly over the bar (50 mins). A long stoppage, occasioned by an injury to Andrews, unfortunately culminated in his being stretchered off and replaced by Brown (58 mins).

Vauxhall now won two corners, between which two Alty players went down with cramp (Pembele and Sheridan). Soon afterwards Alty brought on Henry for Pembele (64 mins) and Foord for Palmer (66 mins).

Vauxhall now conceded a needless corner, which was soon followed by another, gained from Sheridan's overlap up the right wing (69 mins).

On 75 minutes a fine cross from Henry was just too high for Iacovou to get over his header sufficiently to keep it down on target. Barton now replaced Griffiths for Vauxhall (79 mins) before Iacovou had a shot saved.

Graham, who had had a fine game at centre-back alongside Hill, was now booked for a lunge on Brandon but Waugh saved the freekick comfortably (81 mins). Next Waring was cautioned for his foul on Clayton. Then Alty made another change as Matishi came on for McGloin (83 mins). A Clayton shot narrowly cleared the bar (86 mins) before Vauxhall brought on Krimou for Drury, who had cramp (88 mins).

Any hopes of a late comeback for the Motormen were dashed in the last minute of normal time as the keeper and defender came for a through ball and collided, leaving the ball loose for Henry to stroke into the empty net from 20 yards and make it 4-1 (90 mins).

Again a long spell of added time was needed following the earlier injury to Andrews. In the first added minute Henry was played in on goal but the keeper blocked well. Then a scything tackle by Waring on Clayton left the Alty midfielder in a heap and a second brawl broke out. Waring was shown a red card and Graham, who had waded into a melee, was shown a second yellow and also dismissed (90+3 mins).

After a couple more minutes the final whistle sounded to confirm an impressive victory for Altrincham.