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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / TT & Willo on: November 30, 2019, 10:18:29 PM
Two players who, at different times, have come in for a bit of stick - both were immense today (as were everyone) and deserve the plaudits. I've always rated TT and am pleased to see him showing what a good keeper he is on his day. I hold my hands up and say I have never really been a fan of Williams since he rejoined us, didn't think he suited our style , but in recent games he has been excellent and I now get why PP rates and plays him.

I coudn't get there today because of other commitments earlier this evening so I too became a virtual resident of the US and watched on ESPN+ - excellent coverage.

PP is always one for taking the positives from any game and after the immense disappointment we all feel now, there is so much to build on going forward now. The Cheshire Senior cup game is probably the best thing to get the deflation out of our system (though I expect it will be a much changed team) and I hope we can carry the momentum of the good run into the busy month ahead.

2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Stan Allan RIP on: November 26, 2019, 10:18:49 AM
Very sad to hear this. Stan was one of the foundations of the most successful Altrincham team and was there from start to finish. Nobody would argue he was the greatest player but he was consistent, solid and reliable. Also one of the most misspelt surnames of all Alty players! 
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: York City match thread on: November 21, 2019, 02:03:30 PM
I understand the logic behind this but we lost so much momentum last season by changing the team around for the Stockport trophy game and it took us a while to get that back. Changing the team so much for that game was the only major decision that PP has made in his time here that has really disappointed me. As the runs we've put together show, this is a team that thrives on continuity and momentum. I'd maybe give Hampson, Peers and Harrop match time but personally I wouldn't want to see wholesale changes.

4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Gateshead Match Thread on: November 19, 2019, 10:38:38 PM
How's Luke Wall looked? That's two starts and two wins for him but I've not heard anything on his performances.

He's done ok, solid without being spectacular. He's wont be match fit and he's getting used to our style of play. Decent start though.
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: If things had gone differently, it could be Colne Dynamoes where Burnley are now on: October 18, 2019, 11:44:59 AM
If memory serves me correctly a certain Paul Showler ripped us apart that day. We signed him when Colne went belly-up. Who was their forward who also had a short spell with us? He also scored one of the 5 goals.

Barry Diamond?
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Guiseley Match Thread on: October 10, 2019, 12:56:50 PM
Maybe give Hulme a rest to fully recover for the FA Cup clash. Peers was full of energy when he came on.

I would start Richman again.

Play red and white and ditch the grey sh*te.

I agree with giving Peers a run - we need to use our squad where we can.

I'm conscious a lot of effort went into that shirt - it looks fabulous imo, but I do genuinely believe there's something in that whole effectiveness of grey kits on the pitch.

Peers gives us a different option in attack - no-one would say he's a better player than Jordan but he does have more pace and gets into the box more.

I'd like us to play in red & white wherever possible!
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Chester Replay Match Thread on: September 24, 2019, 10:37:35 PM
That was another great performance.

Jones is a different player alongside Hannigan. Tom was immense tonight.

Moult without any doubt makes us more solid. I hammered him two seasons ago and he has stepped back up to the level we know he can play at.

Richman was everywhere again. JJ full of running but still needs to beat that first man on dead balls more often.

White was a different player on his favoured left side. For me we are a better team with Densmore playing. Considering he hasn't played all season he was also immense tonight. At one point Hannigan and Dens were the players driving up the field on a counter attack. There is no reason why PP shouldn't give Dens a run now and I would play White at LB over Hampson because he is quicker and attacks better.

Played to our strengths tonight with the wide players on their correct wings and full backs bombing on. We can afford to do that with Richman and Moult in there.

And finally Thompson continues to play well. Seems much more confident and better at decision making. Made up he is proving me wrong.

That was a top game of end to end. Spolit by a group of Chester supporters who are just scum. The should get fined for that behaviour.

I am still standing by that we should play in our red and white kit as much as possible.

Agree with all that and respect due for recognising Thommo's improved performances. Hugely enjoyable game, maybe lucky with their disallowed goal but we had enough chances to bury them, some top save by their 'keeper.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: New away kit? on: September 14, 2019, 05:06:12 PM
I have to agree, regardless of how well things are or aren't going on the pitch, that kit is horrible. We should play in red and white whenever we can.
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Southport match thread on: September 03, 2019, 10:52:17 PM
Thought it was just me that thought this season's away kit is horrible
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Chadwick on: August 31, 2019, 08:45:31 PM
Maybe I saw him on an off day but I was at Warrington's first game of the season and he came on as sub and had a bit of a 'mare to be honest. I was telling my mate there what a good player Chadwick could be but he wasn't convinced  Grin
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Farsley Match Thread on: August 31, 2019, 08:43:04 PM
I thought we defended well and looked organised in that area today. We didn't really let them have opportunities till later on, generally after Branson came on when we lost cohesion. I thought Jake might have come on at 3-0. JJ and Ceesay were a constant wing outlet for us though JJ's final ball is inconsistent at best. White got forward better today too though Connor Hampson seems a bit off the pace to me this season. Thought Hemmings played well and all 3 goals were well taken. I've always liked Tom Peers and he has a good goalscoring record but we're not using him to his strengths out wide - he showed his speed and strength on one run down the middle and that's where I think he is best used but I guess that's not going to happen when Jordan is in the team.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Liverpool v Altrincham FA Cup 3rd round January 3rd 1981 - match video on: August 28, 2019, 09:47:22 PM
Alan. I think Graham Heathcote is still waiting for his winnings. I hope he charges interest!  Cheesy
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Liverpool v Altrincham FA Cup 3rd round January 3rd 1981 - match video on: August 28, 2019, 08:47:40 AM
For anyone who hasn't seen it before, here is the Liverpool vs Alty game from the FA Cup 3rd round tie in January 1981. Very early days of club produced match videos so it's fair to say it's not of Alty TV standard but what a great historical document of a fantastic day and time. Enjoy!


14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Drench and Hannigan on: August 25, 2019, 02:28:09 PM
Big opportunity for TT to show us what he can do. Ended last season brilliantly and he was unlucky not to start this season. I think he organises the defence better than Drench, he's more vocal and is better on crosses into the box where we've looked vunerable this season. Huge blow losing Drench though as he has been generally solid and his distribution at times has been clever and accurate. Wishing him a speedy recovery
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Let's crack on! on: August 14, 2019, 11:42:19 AM
Pleased to get the first win on the board but defensively we don't look as solid as we know we can be. I don't doubt Drench's ability and his distribution is generally good but he doesn't come out for crosses the way TT would and the defenders need to learn that. Too many times last night a high ball across the box wasn't cleared or gathered. We need to start keeping clean sheets again.

We'll look a better side when Moult is back - we've missed him protecting the back four and breaking up opponents play. Agree with the comments about Nathan Arnold, I'll always support and encourage the players but I'm not sure he's a long term option for us.

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