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Altrincham Res 4-0 WBAFC
Written by Scirea   
Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:25


Injury ravaged Whaley come up against a double whammy!

They came expecting a tough game but the visitors weren’t pre-warned or prepared to play on a relatively poor artificial grass surface or to come up against an Altrincham side packed with 5 or 6 first team players.

It took Whaley half a game, by which time they had conceded 2 goals, to adjust their style of play enough to compete with a well drilled Altrincham side that is obviously used to this surface, a surface not at all suited to Whaley’s usual style of play. The home side are quick, mobile, control the ball instantly, pass quickly and rarely play hopeful balls or crosses preferring to keep possession and play football at ground level all over the pitch; presumably a mirror of their successful first team style.

Whaley, defending deep, with the occasional break up to a lonely Jacob O’Donnell, conceded early on and midway through the half; both well-worked goals the culmination of a sustained period of possession football.

With the home side rarely providing any sort of aerial threat throughout Sutton took up a more forward position to bolster the midfield and following some neat play between O’Donnell and Streets was unlucky not to score when his curling shot from the edge of the box hit the bar; probably the only sight of goal Whaley had in the first half.

The second half was a much more even affair with the visitors now playing en-block further forward, retaining possession much better and effectively competing with Altrincham to push them back. However chances were still rare and as luck would have it the home side killed the game off against the run of play following a bit of messy defending. Another awkward penalty 5 minutes before the end was the final straw to give Altrincham a 4 goal winning margin.

All in all this was just about the last thing Whaley wanted with a depleted squad in 'frantic' August but as the opposition manager advised later ’don’t read too much into the score line’; this wasn’t a normal CFL game by any means but Altrincham certainly did show what possession football is all about and fully deserved a decisive win.

Tattersall: Toseland; Sutton; Turner; Drayson; Burgess; Bailey; Streets; Broome; Leadbetter; O’Donnell

Hodges; Connell

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