Photos: Michael Ripley
Altrincham put in a professional display at The Offside Trust Stadium on Wednesday night & could easily have won by a greater margin than 3 goals.
The draw had given Alty a home tie but the game was switched to Barnton to protect the pitch at The J.Daviidson Stadium.
Phil Parkinson & Neil Sorvel selected a team that was a combination of first team squad players, developing players who have impressed playing for the reserves & a couple of prospects that are training with the first team, for which the Chesgirev Senior Cup presented a perfect opportunity to see them in a competitivev game.
Alty dominated from the off & went close through Tom Peers who hit the crossbar & the lively Curtis Miller, who carved his way through the heart of the Villager's defence, but missed the target narrowly from the edge of the area..
Shaun Densmore, who was influential in central midfield, created the opning goal with a nicely delivered inswinging free kick from the left, which Tom Peers rose superbly to meet with a looping header that dropped perfectly underneath the angle of crossbar & upright. It was a goal that was reminiscent of John Rogers, Alty's legendary striker of the late 1970's & early 1980's.
It's not JR, it's TP! Tom Peers heads Alty into the lead at The Offside Trust Stadium
Former Blackpool forward, Rowan Roache, was introduced at half-time & the trialist was heavily involved as Alty's dominance continued but when a 2nd goal didn't come, the North West Counties First Division South side had a decent little spell & could have equalised throgh top scorer, Eden Gumbs, whose header was saved by Matt Gould, who was making his competitive debut in goal for the Robins.
Callum Graham, who had put in an accomplished display at right back, doubled Alty's lead in the 70th minute with a blistering drive that fizzed into the roof of Arran Lyons' net.
Radio Robins had 308 unique listeners on Wednesday night.Paul Salt, Ian Wilkinson & Brian Flynn are seen here with a nice little setup in the heart of Cheshire.
The last word also went to 2 reserve team players as George Howarth's perfectly delivered cross from the left left was headed in neatly by Raheem Mercurius, who has progressed from Paul Fay's U18s team from last season.
Assistant manager, Neil Sorvel was pleased with the night's work:-
"It was an opportunity to get minutes into the likes of Dan Mooney, Yusif Ceesay & Andy White, as well as the chance to have a look at lads who are in & around the squad. Curtis Miller did well in moments in the game & it was good to have a look at Will Hall, who has been playing at Whitchurch Alport recently, along with Dre Taylor & Callum Graham, who have impressed for the reserves."
Callum's goal was a great strike & our 3rd goal reminded me a bit of the 2nd goal that we conceded at Notts County, with George Howarth (pictured above) standing a ball up nicely for Raheem (pictured below) to convert with a smart header".
BARNTON: 1. Arran Lyons, 2. Harrison Green (C), 3. Chris Hunt, 4. Ben Forster, 5. Alex Jones, 6. Ryan Botell, 7. Tom Edwards, 8. Abdul Djalo, 9. Deklan Hill, 10. George Farrelly, 11. Eden Gumbs. Subs: 12. William Avon, 14. Harry Lambert, 15. Jonathan Jones, 16. Ben White, 17. Ross Avies.
ALTRINCHAM: 21. Matt Gould, 2 Callum Graham 3, Andy White, 4. Connor Hampson, 5. Will Hall, 6, Dre Taylor 7, Dan Mooney 8. Shaun Densmore (C), 9. Tom Peers, 10. Curtis Miller, 11. Yusifu Ceesay. Subs: 14. George Howarth, 15. Dan Gavanagh, 16. Raheem Mercurius, 17. Rowan Roache, 26. Fisayo Adarabioyo.