In a very entertaining game, amazingly played in sunshine throughout, Altrincham went down narrowly despite a strong second half performance. A magnificent move between substitutes Potts and Berkeley almost brought an equalizer but United were good value for their win, playing plenty of swift, attractive football. Altrincham went behind after just 8 minutes to what was announced as an own goal but which was arguably more of a deflected shot from the United left. When Hewson made it 2-0 after 32 minutes it looked as if Alty might be on the end of a sizeable defeat. But, on the hour mark, an excellent goal against his employers, from 25 yards, by Thornley made it 2-1. Numerous substitutions were made by both sides but United retained their narrow lead to the end. Report to follow
ALTRINCHAM: (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks) 1. Stuart COBURN; 2.Chris LANE, 3. Warren PEYTON, 4. Stephen ROSE, 5. Karl MUNROE, 6. Jake SEDGEMORE, 7. Robbie LAWTON, 8. Val OWEN, 9. Colin LITTLE, 10. Rod THORNLEY, 11. Joe O'NEILL. Subs: 12. Steve ASPINALL, 14. Cavell COO, 15. Matthew BERKELEY, 16. Chris BAGULEY, 17. Colin POTTS, 18. Pat McFADDEN.
MANCHESTER UNITED XI: (All white). 1.Ron Robert ZIELER (gk), 2. James CHESTER, 3. Adam ECKERSLEY, 4. Michael LEA, 5. Ryan SHAWCROSS, 6. Ritchie JONES, 7. Kieran LEE, 8. Sam HEWSON, 9. Fraizer CAMPBELL, 10. Giuseppe ROSSI, 11. Sean EVANS. Subs: 12.Craig CATHCART, 13. Gary WOODS (gk), 14. Febian BRANDY, 15. Rick ECKERSLEY.
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