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Stoke City U23 (A)
14:00 - Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Friendly (Clayton Wood)
Goals: Marcus Dinanga [6']
Attendance: 0
Referee: TBC
1 Ryan Ford
2 Joel Senior
3 David Fitzpatrick
4 Jake Moult
5 Toby Mullarkey
6 Sean Williams
7 Dan Mooney
8 Ben Pringle
9 Marcus Dinanga
10 Ryan Colclough
11 Trialist
Stoke City U23
02 Aug 2021 by John Edwards

*Horsfall Stadium - the venue for Alty tomorrow evening as they continue preparations for the upcoming season.

ED PAINTER previews the next stage in Altrincham's build-up to the start of another Vanarama National League campaign.

The Robins are on double duty once again tomorrow, with one Alty squad playing Stoke City under-23s at the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground, in a match that kicks off at 2pm behind closed doors, and another heading to Horsfall Stadium to face Bradford Park Avenue at 7.45pm.

Since losing their opening game 1-0 at West Didsbury & Chorlton, Alty have been in scintillating form, beating Ashton United, Nantwich Town and Brightlingsea Regent and scoring 10 goals without reply in the process.

In their most recent outing, Phil Parkinson’s side produced a fine performance on the Essex coast to beat the Isthmian League Premier Division side 5-0, with Dan Mooney’s early strike giving the visitors the lead at the break, before Ryan Colclough, Tom Peers, Sean Williams and Marcus Dinanga all found the back of the net in the second half.

Alty’s early dominance was rewarded after only seven minutes, with Mooney breaching the Regent defence before despatching a clinical left-foot shot into the bottom corner from about 16 yards.

The hosts responded well to going behind as Max Booth made space inside the Robins penalty area before angling a shot which looked destined for the far corner, only for Tony Thompson to produce a fine save.

Shortly after the hour mark, Colclough doubled the lead with an impressive strike from just outside the area before Peers made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute with a smart touch and finish.

Williams added a spectacular fourth in the dying minutes, with the midfielder taking aim from all of 35 yards out, leaving the keeper with no chance as the ball flashed into the bottom corner.

There was still time for one more strike, as Dinanga got the reward his performance deserved just before the final whistle, hitting the back of the net with a close range finish for his second goal in as many games.

Our Opponents: Stoke City under-23s

Founded in 1863 and located a 50-minute drive away from The J. Davidson Stadium, Stoke City have made their under-23 side available as our first opponents of the day, in a late addition to our pre-season plans.

Currently, the under-23s play their football in the Premier League Two Division Two. They also compete in the Premier League Cup and the Staffordshire Senior Cup. Stoke have proved to be more than a match for their league rivals, finishing fourth and second the previous two seasons.

Our hosts have produced a lot of top-quality talent over the years, with names like Kris Commons, Ben Foster, Karl Henry, Richard Keogh, Louis Moult, Ryan Shotton and Clive Clarke all having progressed through their Academy system.

The Manager: Stoke City under-23s

The under-23s are currently managed by Kevin Russell, who has been a member of the coaching set-up at the Bet365 Stadium since 2014 and was promoted to the position of under-23s manager ahead of the 2018/19 season.

A prolific striker in his playing days, Russell played for 11 clubs during a 20-year career. Beginning at Brighton & Hove Albion, he went on to feature for Wrexham, Leicester City, Stoke City, Burnley, AFC Bournemouth and Notts County, before retiring in 2002.

He is highly thought of at the Potters and is one of the more trusted names in the dug-out. Such is his position, the 54-year-old has previously been tasked with assisting Rory Delap with first-team duties in 2019, when the club were without a senior manager.

Last Outing: Stoke City under-23s

In their last outing, our hosts fell to a 4-2 defeat to Birmingham City as they continued their preparations for the new season. Douglas Taylor had given the Potters an early lead at Clayton Wood, but a Blues side containing several players with first-team experience took the game away from them.

Patrick Jarrett managed to pull one back after pouncing on a mistake, however the away side wrapped up the win when Soldevila netted his second of the night.

Our Opponents : Bradford (Park Avenue)

Founded in 1907 and located a one-hour drive away from The J. Davidson Stadium, Bradford (Park Avenue) are a club owned by their supporters, with the original incarnation of the club going into liquidation in 1974 before rising from the ashes 13 years later.

Currently, our hosts play their football in the National League North, a league they have been members of since winning promotion from the Northern Premier League in 2012. Since then, Park Avenue have finished as high as seventh on three occasions (2013, 2018, and 2019).

However, the last two seasons have been more of a struggle. Park Avenue sat in 22nd during the 2019/20 season, only to be reprieved when league results were made null and void after Covid took hold. The following year showed some improvement, with the club up in 15th, before the league was once again brought to a premature end.

The Manager: Bradford (Park Avenue)

Our opponents on Tuesday are managed by former Bradford City centre back Mark Bower, who has been in charge since 2016 apart from the early months of the 2019/20 season.

Beginning his playing career at Valley Parade, Bower made a total of 231 appearances, scoring 12 goals, before departing for Darlington in 2009, following loan spells with York City and Luton Town. He stayed only one season with The Quakers, playing in 13 games, before moving on to FC Halifax Town and then Guiseley.

It was during his time at Nethermoor Park that he dipped his toe into management, becoming their permanent manager in 2013. He enjoyed three seasons with the Lions but was ultimately dismissed early in the 2016/17 season after losing his opening five matches.

A month later, he took charge of Bradford PA and despite a short period away from the club between May 2019 and October 2019, he has stayed loyal to the club and will be tasked with taking them further up the NLN table.

Last Outing: Bradford (Park Avenue)

In their last outing, our hosts enjoyed an emphatic 5-2 win on the road against Brighouse Town. Avenue took the lead early before the hosts scored shortly afterwards to go into the break level. However, four second half goals, as well as one consolation effort for Brighouse, handed Bower’s side a comfortable victory.

Ticket News: Bradford (Park Avenue)

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No report available.
Full-time: An entertaining game at Stoke City's training ground this afternoon as the hosts' under-23's run out 5-1 winners over Alty. The quality of the home side's finishing was clear to see as a couple of stunning strikes from outside the area along with some blistering counter attacking, saw them run out comfortable winners in the end. Nonetheless, 90 minutes under the belt for Phil Parkinson's men in hot conditions, and the rest of the squad will shortly be making their way to Bradford for this evening's game.
88' Stoke 5-1 Alty - the hosts grab a late goal to cap a clinical display in front of goal. The ball comes the length of the pitch on a sharp counter attack and the cross takes a couple of deflections before it is slotted home at the far post
84' A third and final change for Alty as young central defender Eddie Igeze comes on for Sean Williams with Jake Moult stepping up into midfield
81' David Fitzpatrick comes off for another youngster Pete Lacovou with Joel Senior switching to the left and Lacovou coming on at right-back
Ryan Forde pulls off a good save low down to his right from a shot from the edge of the area
78' A first change for Alty as the triallist comes off and youngster Lewis Billingsley comes on
The tempo of the game has dropped a level now as Stoke have virtually an entire different outfield ten and both teams are looking to build and control possession
Three more changes for Stoke
64' Alty build an attack through the left-sided triallist but Sean Williams slices his shot wide from the edge of the area
Consecutive corners for Stoke come to nothing as they continue to look strong even after making several changes
Stoke make further changes in hot conditions
There's been a reaction by Alty wounded by those quickfire goals and Ryan Colclough fires over the top
54' It is ruthless from Stoke as they play through the lines and their right-sided forward who came on at the break scores yet again. Stoke City U23 4-1 Alty
51' Stoke go 3-1 up with a thunderbolt from outside the area which gives Ryan Forde no chance once again. Clinical
With limited subs available with the rest of the first team squad at BPA tonight, there are no changes at the break
The second half is under way!
44' Joel Senior is forced to make a goal-line clearance as Stoke end the half well but the referee blows the whistle and the two teams go into the break with the home side narrowly ahead in a lively encounter. HT: Stoke City U23 2-1 Alty
Stoke have a great opportunity on the counter with a three on two as they break from an Alty corner but Forde makes a good save
41' Ryan Colclough breaks down the right and looks to pick out Marcus Dinanga but his dangerous cross is blocked. A Stoke defender wins the resulting corner
Alty respond and look to get hold of possession. Ben Pringle drives forward and his long range effort goes wide but that is much better
34' Stoke ramp up the pressure after the goal and draw two fantastic saves from Forde including one superb fingertip save onto the bar. Ryan has no chance however as another effort comes in from long range which has has no chance of saving and Stoke have turned this around to go 2-1 up.
Penalty to Stoke. The forward is brought down by Forde and the Stoke number 11 steps and coolly slots home. Stoke City U23's 1-1 Alty
Stoke are enjoying a good spell
Stoke's best chance of the game so far as the ball falls to the edge of the area and ball goes wide with Forde motionless
Alty win the ball on the halfway line through Ryan Colclough and Dinanga accelerates away from the back four. His side-footed effort goes narrowly wide as Alty come close to doubling their advantage
Lovely interchange between Mooney, Pringle and Dinanga sees Ryan Colclough through on goal but a last gasp block sees his shot deflected for a corner....which comes to nothing
New signing Ben Pringle plays a glorious ball over the top and the triallist shoots straight at the goalkeeper
Stoke go back up the other end and fire over from outside the area
Our triallist down the left finds himself with only the keeper to beat but his scuffed shot past the goalkeeper is cleared off the line
Alty line up with young goalkeeper Ryan Forde in goal, a back four of Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, Jake Moult and David Fitzpatrick, Sean Williams and Ben Pringle in central midfield, Mooney, Colclough and triallist behind Marcus Dinanga up front
6' Stoke City U23 0-1 Alty! Dan Mooney gets in behind the full-back down the right and picks up Marcus Dinanga who peels off his man and fires up too put Alty ahead
We are underway, slightly delayed start but Alty line-up in yellow and have made a good start to the game enjoying plenty of the ball
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