The youth team started this North West Youth Alliance
with several players missing - Jake Hibbs, Prince Amadin
and Matthew Singleton injured, whilst Ross Hildersley, Omar
McKenzie, Dean Pilkington, Reece McLaughlin and Jack Beswick
were all unavailable and 15 mins into the game things got
worse for the young Lilywhites when Kane Joyce had to leave
the pitch with a knee injury, Tom Doyle replacing him at
full back and Andy McKernon moving into midfield to add
some physical presence.
had started the game full of energy, doing their best to
disrupt Mossley's passing game and at times were a little
to sharp into the tackle for the referee who cautioned both
Oliver Riley on 28 mins for a late tackle on Brian Tottoh
and Mark Napier-Hemy for a cynical trip on Adam Bezzina
who was clear through which may have been red should the
young Mossley striker have been closer the home teams goal.
the first quarter of the game being pretty even, Mossley
began to take a hold on the game and put the home teams
goal under pressure which paid off on 31 mins when McKernons
clever ball released Saul Henderson, who made no mistake
with his finish to put Mossley 1-0 to the good. However
the lead lasted less than 2 mins, the ball went out for
a Altrincham throw at the edge of the away teams area and
from the restart Mossley were guilty of some sloppy defending
with the ball breaking to Derryn Ofori who hit a tremendous
shot into the roof of the goal from 25 yards out. However,
Mossley recovered their composure and with the half drawing
to a close, went close with efforts from Henderson and Bezzina.
With just over a minute of the second half
played Ryan McNee was dispossessed by Duncan Watmore who
immediately released Ofori who made no mistake in doubling
his tally to put Altrincham 2-1 up.
The game was now quite intense with several
challenges coming in from both teams and on 68 mins Ryan
Barry committed one foul to many and found himself in the
referees note book. This was quickly followed by Mossley's
Doyle for a petty push on Jack Cottrill and Bezzina for
kicking out at the home teams skipper Joe Coombs when it
appeared he was being fouled.
As the game went into the last quarter the
young Lilywhites continued to surge forward looking for
an equaliser and on 73 mins the excellent Justin Schall
intercepted a loose ball on the halfway line and surged
forward evading a cynical tackle from Barry in an attempt
to stop him before putting a great ball through to Henderson
who finished well from the edge of the area.
Mossley now sensed victory and continued
to press the home team and on 79 mins McKernon again won
possession in midfield and ran at the centre of the Altrincham
defence, drawing defenders to him before releasing Henderson
who unleashed a superb curling drive from 30 yards that
crashed in off the underside of the bar to seal all 3 points
for the Lilywhites.
Henderson was undoubtedly Man of the Match, players who
take tremendous credit from this victory include Mckernon,
Schall and Mossley captain Alex Chesters who was immense
at the heart of the defence.
youth team continue to push up the table and should they
win their 2 games in hand on leaders FC Utd will go into
second spot, 2 points behind.
by Rob Byrne