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NWYA Premier Division match
played at Valley Road, Flixton, on Sunday, 15 October 2017, at 2.30pm


ALTRINCHAM (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Cameron TERRY, 2. Nathan BRAITHWAITE-BOOTH, 3. James O'HARA, 4. Ollie OKUNOWU, 5. Will HALL, 6. Fergus GROGAN, 17. Calvin BOYD (c), 8. Curtis MILLER, 9. Bailey RICHARDSON, 10. Kane HUSSAIN, 11. Reiss HUGHES. Subs 12. Dylan STAVES FOOTITT, 14. Sean WALKER< 15. Craig BARNETT, 16. Scott MILNER


Despite an impressive FA Youth Cup win at Bootle, Altrincham went into this match against Stockport County still seeking their first league win of the season.

Although Altrincham won a first-minute corner, the first effort on goal from either side did not materialise until the twelfth minute when Richardson turned well and fired in a shot which went narrowly wide.

Stockport responded as their no.9 barged through the Alty back line and forced a save from Terry (14 mins).

Altrincham made an early change when, in the 19th minute, Grogan was replaced by Staves-Footitt, presumably because of injury.

Stockport won a corner and then drove a ball across the face of the Alty goal as they got on top for a while. But, when Alty won a freekick on their left 35 yards out, the freekick saw the visitors' number three handle the ball as he rose to try and clear the ball. There were no protests as the referee pointed to the spot.

Richardson netted the spot-kick confidently to give Altrincham a 1-0 lead (27 mins).

The goal prompted an improved spell from Altrincham and they almost doubled their lead after 33 minutes when Hughes got up the left and fed Richardson but his shot was deflected out for a corner (33 mins).

The visitors' no.4 was booked for a foul (34 mins) and four minutes after this, Stockport won a freekick but their own no.8 was booked, presumably for dissent.

Hughes won a late corner and Miller got in a shot at the keeper but half-time arrived with the score remaining at 1-0.


Alty made a double change for the second half as nos.15 and 16 replaced nos, 2 and 10, whilst County introduced nos. 14 and 15

The changes lifted the County performance and they won two corners. And then the no.15 was put clear and ran towards goal. Terry came out and clearly pulled the County man, with a penalty being awarded. However, contrary to the expectation of the County support, not only was Terry not shown a red card, he escaped any booking at all.

And to upset the visitors even more, Terry then saved the no.15's spot-kick (54 mins).

Okunowu was impressing for Alty at centre-back but he needed treatment after halting a County incursion. After Alty had weathered a County corner, they had a good chance at the other end but Miller sliced his shot over the bar (62 mins).

A good spell for Alty developed as Richardson fired narrowly over the bar and then Milner won a corner (64 mins).

Now Hussain returned, replacing Richardson before the visitors brought on no.14 for no.11 (72 mins).

Alty were thankful when the no.12 fired wide having been put forward by no.11. And County wasted another chance on 76 minutes when the no.14 put no.15 clear but he shot wide.

Each side made another change as Stockport replaced no.7 by no.16 and for Alty Staves Footitt replaced Grogan (78 mins).

From a Miller corner from the left, Okonuwu stole in at the back post to volley home from close range and double Altrincham's lead (80 mins).

Stockport continued to spurn chances as a fine dribble by their no.11 led to a cross which the no.15 nodded over the bar from close range (81 mins).

An Alty corner and a a cross which flew across the pnealty area from O'Hara went unconverted before the final whistle confirmed a 2-0 victory.