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Wilmslow Albion Football Club match reports – 15/01/20

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It was a tough afternoon for Wilmslow Albion on Saturday, as the Oakmen suffered a 4-2 defeat against Altrincham Hale at Oakwood Farm, with the Wilmslow Albion goals scored by Joe Kirk and Kieran Casey.

Wilmslow Albion made four changes from the previous game against Elton Vale.

There was a debut in goal, as Scott Gibbon came in for Jon Moran.

Nick Collins made way for Kirk, with Scott Kempson in the back three. Louis Mundin came into the midfield in place of Callum Hewitt and, with Ibra Thiam unavailable, Mansour was the man to come in up front.

It was a quiet opening ten minutes, with Wilmslow attempting to create opportunities down the left-hand side.

But in the twelfth minute, a challenge from Gibbon led to the referee pointing to the spot. Jack Yates stepped up and sent Gibbon the wrong way to put Altrincham Hale into the lead.

A few minutes later it was two, as a nice pass by Yates was followed by a low cross which was tapped in by Nugent.

Wilmslow responded in quick fashion, as Mundin threaded the ball between the defender and right back and Kirk ran onto it and placed it into the right corner to get Wilmslow back in it.

The deficit was increased again very shortly after though. Gibbon made a very good save, pushing it wide, but the ball was put back into the box and Lewis Carthew scored.

Carthew then scored his second of the game, as a cross from the left looped over Gibbon and was headed in by Carthew.

Wilmslow were in need of a second to cut the deficit to two, a superb ball from midfield by Aidan Hussey was touched towards goal by Casey but he just couldn’t divert it on target.

Casey did get Wilmslow’s second of the day, as a pass back to the keeper rolled slower than expected and his clearance hit Casey and went in off his thigh.

The final chance of the half was for the visitors, with the number 10 volleying an effort from the penalty spot wide.

Into the second half, Wilmslow gained the first opportunity of the half.

Danny Pearson played a great ball over the top for Mundin, he cut inside onto his left foot but his shot was blocked well by the Altrincham Hale defender.

There were then two headed opportunities in a minute, first Malachi Clarke flicked a header to Casey, who could only head it wide, before a game of head tennis from a corner saw multiple clearances off the line before its cleared.

There were then two opportunities for either side, with Max Hawkins hitting an effort wide for Wilmslow Albion.

The Altrincham Hale number 6 then fired an effort from the right-hand side which Gibbon saved well and held on.

Wilmslow Albion were running out of time to get back into the game, as with 20 minutes left, Kirk hit the ball low and Tom Crompton just couldn’t get on the end of the effort as his dive was to no avail.

Sam Warren produced a brilliant block to deny the Altrincham Hale number 6 adding a fifth goal of the game for the visitors.

The final opportunity of the game fell to Joe Kirk, who had an effort from a tight angle saved by the Altrincham Hale keeper.

That proved to be the final piece of action in the game. Wilmslow Albion had a bad day at the office and Altrincham Hale took their chances well.

A bright spark for Wilmslow came from a lot of efforts coming from the left-hand side, with Joe Kirk having a very strong game for the Oakmen.

Wilmslow Albion showed earlier on in the season that they can respond well to a bad run of results and will hope to instil that same effort and stop the goals leaking.

The next fixture for Wilmslow Albion sees an away day trip to Middleton Colts.

 

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