29 Mar 2017 in Match Reports
Altrincham and Wythenshawe shared the points in this rearranged fixture under the lights at Moss Lane on Tuesday evening.
Altrincham started the better of the two teams and found themselves ahead on just three minutes, when a solo run from midfielder Micah Evans from the just inside the Wythenshawe half saw him beat two players and knock the ball beyond the oncoming goalkeeper Kelsey Robinson who was a late replacement for Jacob Luty, who pulled out of the game in the warm up through injury.
After the goal, Altrincham continued to dominate the game, and goal scorer Evans could have had his and The Robins second goal of the night after a through ball from Tom Westall split the visitors defence open, Evans managed to get on the end of it but saw his effort go wide of the upright. Just three minutes later and the hosts had another glorious opportunity to double their lead, when a corner from Harry Cain was met by Tom Hannigan but he saw his header go just over Robinsons crossbar.
Wythenshawe’s first real chance of the game came on 19 minutes when striker Douglas Carroll kept Jake Gregory’s cross in play he laid the ball back to Rico Stewart who then set up centre half Lee Hargreaves, but his effort from 30 yards was straight at Andrew Jones in the Altrincham goal.
From their first chance of the game Wythenshawe grew in confidence and started to play some good football but it was the hosts who had the games next best opportunity, when striker Andrew Owens held the ball up well on the edge of the Wythenshawe penalty area he managed to find Jordan Milne unmarked but his effort from 20 yards out was tame and Kelsey Robinson made a routine save.
Just beyond the half hour mark and Wythenshawe drew level, after a good turn in the middle of the pitch from Rico Stewart he found Ash Leather unmarked on the left, and the winger ran at the Altrincham defence and played a great one-two with Remi Williams before rounding goalkeeper Andrew Jones and finishing from close range.
On the stroke of half time Altrincham had the chance to go ahead when Darius Palma beat Wythenshawe full back Dan King and then pulled the ball back in the area to Andrew Owens who was unmarked but his effort lacked power and Kelsey Robinson could make another routine save.
Halftime: Altrincham Reserves 1-1 Wythenshawe Town
The opening exchanges of the second half saw both teams go in search of the games third goal, but both struggled to keep possession and it wasn’t until the 52nd minute that either goal keeper was called into action. When Altrincham won a free kick just inside the Wythenshawe half, Harry Cain put a ball into the area but it evaded everyone and Kelsey Robinson could come off his goal line and claim with ease.
Just after the hour mark Wythenshawe’s Antonio Dinchin had the best chance of the half, after Altrincham won a corner, the Wythenshawe defence cleared the danger and Remi Williams picked the ball up on halfway and played the ball wide to Ash Leather down the right, who’s cross was met by Dinchin at the far post but his diving header went inches wide of Andrew Jones’ goal from 6 yards out.
After Dinchin’s opportunity, both teams tried to find that all important winner and turned to their substitutes bench for fresh legs and new ideas but could only create half chances with neither keeper forced into making a save, with both teams having to settle for a point a piece.
Fulltime: Altrincham Reserves 1-1 Wythenshawe Town