Alty Ladies line up against Northwich Vixens, 30 October 2016
Altrincham FC runs an open-age Ladies' team which plays (2017/18) in the North West Regional League, Division One South.
And from 2017-18 a Ladies Development team has also been introduced.
The venue for home matches is normally Mersey Valley Sports Club, Banky Lane, Sale, M33 5SL. Matches are normally played on Sundays, k.o. 2pm. Spectators are welcome at all games. For details of matches and times, please see the fixtures list below.
There is a separate website for the Altrincham FC Juniors and social activities.
Aspiring lady footballers are invited to e-mail the Ladies' Team Manager, Keith Edleston, giving details of their footballing background.
Every time we play Warrington you know you will get a tough, but fair, game with no quarter given and none asked but today the girls were superb.
The attitude and tactics were spot on and the girls gave everything to the cause. An even first half saw the scoreline 0-0 but the fireworks were lit with a superb run down the left by Kye Brown to the by-line where she pulled the ball back for Megan Rowley to open the scoring and make it 1-0 to Alty.
Warrington are a good team and all good teams will have periods of possession. With five minutes to go they pulled a goal back through their striker to make it 1-1 but we still had one more attack in us and, when Megan Rowley sprang the offside trap to beat the keeper and shoot, we thought that was the winner only to see the ball flash inches past the post.
Iam so proud of each and every girl tonight as we took the game to Warrington. Well, it wasn't to be and good luck to Warrington for the rest of the season.
Ont now to Friday, when we welcome Northwich Vixens to Moss Lane in a 7.30pm kick-off and we would love to see you all down there to support the girls.
Starting 11: Paula Alarcon Conde, Aimee Hopkinson, Bliss Molyneaux, Louise Edleston, Georgia Ashton, Kye Brown, Laura Dodds, Gail Simpson, Hannah Shufflebotham, Laura Kelly, Jess Hartopp. Subs: Megan Rowley, Melissa Williams, Beth Hayes".
"Full-time at Mersey Valley saw the Ladies pickup a valuable point in their clash with Stockport County Blues. In a quite hectic game where quality was at a premium, a fantastic headed goal by Hannah Shufflebotham from a pinpoint Laura Dodds corner opened the scoring for the Lady Robins but a similar goal by the Blues in the second half tied the game up and it ended 1-1. It just wasn't to be, as our quality and cohesion let us down a tad but, on the plus point, we have played better and lost!
Pictured below is no.21 Hannah Shufflebotham rising to plant a firm header beyond the diving Blues keeper to open the scoring".
FC opened the scoring in the first half with a well-taken goal and held it till half time. A few words were said regarding how we could use the ball better and press more and the words must have gone in as the second half we flew at them. A superb run down our right saw Jess Hartopp get to the by-line and fired in a low hard cross for Nadine Sproule to come between two defenders to side foot the ball home... 1-1, game on!
Now the girls' tails were up and we were hunting and closing down the ball very quickly and causing the FC back line some problems. Unfortunately, the dark night set in and three quick goals made the scoreline look very flattering at the end. We have nothing but praise for the girls tonight as, on another night, that game could quite easily have ended 1-1.
Well, we dust ourselves down and we go again knowing how we are progressing and just how close tonight's game really was against a team who are running away with the league.
Altrincham starting eleven: Paula Alarcon-Conde, Aimee Hopkinson, Louise Edleston, Bliss Molyneaux, Georgia Ashton, Kye Brown, Gail Simpson, Beth Hayes, Jess Hartopp, Jade Hesketh, Megan Rowley. Subs: Kate Bryan, Melissa Williams, Nadine Sproule".
Meanwhile, the Ladies' Development team beat Chester City LFC 9-0.
Here is a short report on the game by manager Keith Edleston...
"There was a great result for the Ladies' first team on Sunday in their game versus the Crewe Alexandra Development team.
We always look forward to this game as we all know a derby game can always have that extra bit of 'spice' involved.. After an even first ten minutes or so, The Robins were awarded a penalty for handball on the line by a Crewe defender from which Laura Dodds calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner, sending the Crewe goalkeeper the wrong way.
That goal seemed to bring out the best in the girls as we went on to dominate the rest of the first half with some superb football to entertain the crowd. Two goals from Jade Hesketh and a screamer from outside the box from Kye Brown made the halftime score a comfy 4-0. In the second half Crewe came out and brought the game to us after an obvious rocket from their manager in the dressing room. The game was becoming more even now and one good move ended up with Crewe scoring their goal.
Now the game was more lively, with both sides having periods of possession, but we always seemed to be in the right place to nullify any threat to Paula and her goal and the game petered out to its finish. The final score was 4-1.
Starting 11: Paula Alarcon-Conde, Aimee Hopkinson, Geo Ashton, Louise Edleston, Bliss Molyneaux, Kye Brown, Laura Dodds, Gail Simpson, Jade Hesketh, Laura Kelly. Subs: Megan Rowley, Megan Wright, Nadine Sproule, Sophie Carolan.
Thanks again to our supporters for their fantastic encouragement from the sidelines, we do appreciate it. Our next game is on Wednesday 4th April away at Brookburn Rd, Chorlton where we take on our friends at West Didsbury and Chorlton LFC, kick off 6-30pm.
"Good point as ladies flatter to deceive...
On a beautiful sunny day we welcomed high flying Feds to Mersey Valley in what was sure, on paper, to be an absorbing game of football.
In a game of few chances, and on a bobbly pitch, it took until the 37th minute to make it one nil, when a corner from Laura Dodds found the head of Megan Rowley, in a melee of players. She firmly planted a header past the visiting keeper.
Still there was nothing between the sides and, at halftime, we had the slender lead.
Above: Jess Hartopp rounds the keeper and slots the ball into the net to make it 2-0.
The second half kicked off and the game went much the same way until Jess Hartopp sprang the offside trap from wide right to take the ball around the keeper to make it two-nil.
There was still time now to put this game to bed but Feds had other ideas and pulled a goal back from a speculative shot which Paula failed to hold and the incoming forward finished to make it 1-2.
Now Feds had their tails up and, with 10 minutes to play, we got a very harsh penalty decision given against us and, from that, Feds equalized. The game petered out with both sides not really troubling either keeper although Kate Bryan had a golden opportunity to hit the winner from a keeper mistake, after she had passed the ball straight to her, but she hit her shot high and wide.
Well, overall, a 2-2 draw was not a bad result but we can look back on a game in which we could have played much better and, with more quality, we might have got the win but it just was not to be. We go again next weekend when we welcome Crewe Alexandra LFC to Mersey Valley (2pm k.o.). It would be great to see you there.
Starting 11: Paula Alarcon-Conde, Aimee Hopkinson, Bliss Molyneaux, Louise Edleston, Kye Brown, Laura Dodds, Gail Simpson, Jess Hartopp, Beth Hayes, Jade Hesketh, Laura Kelly
Subs: Kate Bryan, Georgia Ashton, Megan Wright, Hannah Shufflebotham".
"It was a tough game on Sunday at Mersey Valley, which ended Altrincham FC Ladies 1 Stockport County Ladies (First) 4
In a good game, where both teams gave everything, the girls unfortunately ended up exiting the Argyle Cup at the quarter final stage. Stockport are a good quality side from the Premier League with lots of experienced players and we wish them well for the rest of the season.
As for us, a great goal on 67 mins by our prolific left-midfielder Kye Brown did give us a glimmer of hope and, coupled with some good performances by the girls throughout the 90 minutes, it means we have a lot to look forward to for the remainder of the season. Beth Hayes made her home debut and got a good 65 minutes under her belt before tiring and coming off and Paula is making great progress with another assured performance in goal.
We now move on to next Sunday where we are back on our travels up to Liverpool to play City of Liverpool Ladies.
Thanks for all your support today".
Keith Edleston writes that "Last week the Ladies team welcomed new signing Beth Hayes (above) into the squad. Beth, who has joined us from FC United of Manchester, is a very accomplished midfielder/forward whode passing ability in midfield can unlock many a stubborn defence and she also has shown, when played upfront, a great eye for a goal.
Last Sunday, Beth made her debut and slotted in well in midfield when she came on for the last 20 minutes against West Didsbury and Chorlton LFC. She also had a hand in what turned out to be the winning goal. She will take the no.23 shirt. Welcome into the Club!"
The clubhouse and car park will be open from 12-45pm and all spectators are very welcome.
Manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, Keith Edleston reports how the team advanced into the quarter-finals of the Argyle Cup on Sunday.
He writes, "The first team advanced into the next round of the Argyle Cup with a 2-1 away victory against West Didsbury and Chorlton LFC. Two goals, (one in each half), from midfielder Laura Dodds settled a good game of football although a few nerves set in when West pulled a goal back with a few minutes to go. There were lots of positives to take from an impressive away win with all the team putting a shift in and showing quality on the ball when needed against what is a good West side.
There was a pleasing debut also from new signing Beth Hayes who got a good 20 minutes under her belt and will definitely improve the team in the coming games. Best wishes to Paul and his team at West for their hospitality and we wish them well for the rest of the season".
The starting eleven was: Paula Alarcon-Conde, Georgia Ashton, Louise Edleston, Bliss Molyneaux (capt) Aimee Hopkinson, Laura Dodds, Gail Simpson, Nadine Sproule, Jess Hartopp, Jade Hesketh, Kye Brown. Subs: Beth Hayes, Megan Rowley
Goals: Laura Dodds (x2).
The Ladies are in action at Mersey Valley on Sunday (1.30pm) when they entertain Crewe Alexandra in the quarter-final of the Cheshire County Cup. All spectators are very welcome.
15 February 2018
This Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies are at home in the Cheshire County Cup, a competition in which they have reached the quarter-final. They entertain Crewe Alexandra Ladies at Mersey Valley, Banky Lane, Sale on Sunday with kick-off at 1.30pm. Spectators are very welcome; the clubhouse will be open as usual.
11 February 2018
Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, writes...
"On Thursday night, at Stretford, we welcomed new signing Paula Alarcon Conde (pictured with Keith, above) into the squad. Paula has joined us from neighbours Curzon Ashton LFC and is a young keeper with huge potential. Welcome to the club Paula".
Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, advises us that his team's cup game on Sunday "has been postponed due to opponents West Didsbury and Chorlton LFC having to play a cup game (at the third attempt). Hopefully we will get to play W D & C next Sunday".
28 January 2018
LADIES' CUP WIN
In the Cheshire FA Ladies' Cup Second Round, Altrincham FC Ladies won 5-1 away to West Kirby Ladies on Sunday. In the next round, the quarter-final, they are at home om 18 February to Crewe Alexandra Ladies. In the interim, their next fixture on 4 February is shown by the league to be a cup match away to West Didbsury and Chorlton but as the league also shows West Didsbury having a league game that day, we await confirmation of the fixture.
22 January 2018
Although their away cup fixture was postponed on Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies managed to play a friendly at another venue. Alty Ladies' manager Keith Edleston informs us that "It was a good workout yesterday as the first team took on Stockport County Development team at Stockport Sports Village. In a hastily arranged friendly, and in some not very nice weather, both teams played some great football.
Stockport opened the scoring early on but goals from Kye, Jade, Sadie and an own goal meant the lady Robins ran out 4-1 winners. Good luck for the rest of the season to Jay Astley and his Stockport Development team and thanks again for accommodating us at such short notice".
21 January 2018
Today's scheduled Ladies' Cheshire County Cup (first team) match at West Kirby has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The tie will now be rescheduled for next Sunday at the same time, 1pm.
However, the Ladies have arranged a friendly today (4pm) at Stockport Sports Village.
15 January 2018
Altrincham FC Ladies suffered a narrow home defeat, 1-2 to Warrington Wolverines on Sunday.
Next Sunday Altrincham FC Ladies will not be away in the Argyle Sports Cup to West Didsbury and Chorlton Ladies as originally planned but, instead, will be away to West Kirby in the Cheshire County Cup. Kick off is at 1pm.
17 December 2017
A waterlogged pitch has put paid to Altrincham FC Ladies' scheduled fixture, today, against City of Liverpool Ladies.
14 December 2017
Last Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies beat Curzon Ashton in what manager Keith Edleston describes as a "seven-goal thriller".
Keith adds that "The girls came back from a goal down to win 4-3. Real winter weather did not spoil the entertainment as both teams played their hearts out. Goals from Laura Dodds (2), Megan Rowley and Kye Brown secured a great victory against a tough team.
Well done to all. Also a big thanks tot all the supporters who braved the weather and massive thanks to Michael Ripley Photography who took some awesome photos, as seen above".
5 December 2017
Courtesy of Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies we have a match report from Dave Johnson, Altrincham FC Ladies' Development Team manager, on his team's fine win last Sunday...
"The Altrincham FC Ladies' Development Team continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 victory over a dogged and competitive Sale United.
In a game of contrasting styles Alty stuck to their system of playing good passing football, against what some might consider a more robust and physical opposition.
Despite the relative youth of a good number of the Altrincham team they gave as good as they got, refusing to allow themselves to be pushed around.
Alty took an early lead courtesy of Maddy MacKay before bossing the game for long periods, having two plausible penalty appeals declined.
Sale seemed more inclined to play a more direct style, looking to exploit their physicality, particularly at set pieces and it was from one such that they earned a somewhat harsh looking penalty. However Hollie Doyle's well struck penalty struck the crossbar before ricocheting to safety.
Again the Alty girls played their football and it was arguably against the run of play when Sale equalised in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Hollie Doyle finishing the chance..
Half-time having been reached with the scores level, and following wise words in the dressing room, the teams emerged to resume the action.
Again Alty showed themselves to be the better footballing side, although the ball seemed determined not to go in partly due to an excellent goalkeeping performance and partly due to a number of interventions by the goalframe, one particular volley by Nat Thornley, which smashed off the crossbar, being a case in point.
Nat was not to be denied however and, shortly after, hammered a shot past the keeper at her near post from just outside the box.
Alty's third came courtesy of good footwork and a great finish by Courtney Williams, who tucked a fine left-footed shot just inside the post.
As time ran down, in fact with what proved to be the final significant action of the game, Hollie Doyle again finished well to give the scoreline a somewhat unrepresentative close conclusion.
All in all, it had been a superb performance by an Alty team who had, as always, given their all to the cause.
The Altrincham team was Lucy O'Dwyer, Nicole Grainger (Captain), Summer Breed, Courtney Williams, Emma Quigley, Bethany Johnson, Megan Lord, Natalie Thornley, Abbie Barber, Maddy Mackay, Sabrina Hoystead. Substitutes, all used, were Jessica Harding, Heather Scott and Ella Copeland. Manager's Player of the Match was Natalie Thornley and Players' Player was Maddy Mackay".
3 December 2017
The Ladies' next fixture, on 10 December, is at home to Curzon Ashton.
This Sunday in the Cheshire Women's & Youth Football League, Altrincham FC Ladies Development defeated Sale United Ladies 3-2. They are now top of the table, although other teams have games in hand.
A waterlogged pitch has put paid to today's Altrincham FC Ladies' first-team fixture at West Didsbury and Chorlton. However, the Ladies' Development team fixture is going ahead as planned.
25 November 2017
Sunday's NWWFL home match for Altrincham FC Ladies against Crewe Alexandra's Development team has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Mersey Valley. Manager Keith Edleston adds, ""Our 'Bring a Toy to the Game' event has therefore been moved from tomorrow to next Sunday when the Development team is next at home. So, please save your toys and bring them to that game, support the Development team and watch some good football, at the same time!"
20 November 2017
Above, Megan Rowley gets in a shot.
Above, Kye Brown closes down an opponent.
Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, writes that it was a "Fantastic result by the Ladies' first team as they travelled over to Moston and beecame the only side this season to stop FC United from gaining all three points.
On the first day of the season we went there and returned home not having performed or doing ourselves justice, soundly beaten by the better team, but this game would be different...
The girls, over the last few weeks in training, have been working so hard with all the coaches and on Sunday it was all brought to fruition. The game started in frenetic style with no quarter given, or asked, by both teams but, on 37 minutes, a run down the right by their winger, with a smart cut back then finish, enabled FC to take a lead they would hold to half time.
Above: Goalkeeper Esther Hernández Rodríguez collects a cross.
As the second half progressed the girls were pushing forward and an equaliser came from Kye Brown, who lobbed the ball back over the keeper from fully 35 yards, (a shot she had tried only a few minutes before), to put us back on level terms.
Still the game was end to end and, from a corner, Hannah Shufflebotham crashed a header onto the FC crossbar, so close to taking the lead!
The game got a bit more frantic into the last five minutes as FC poured forward for a winner, only to be given on 90 minutes, (rightly so), a free-kick on the edge of the box. Everyone held their breath; would this be a disaster? The FC player stepped forward and struck a venomous shot over the wall but onto the crossbar and captain Bliss Molyneaux headed out of play. The referee blew, it was all over and a very creditable draw had been gained. Well done to every player who gave everything today and left nothing in the changing room, brilliant!"
Following the Altrincham FC Ladies' draw with them, FC United of Manchester reported that "Altrincham force a dramatic draw to end United’s winning run in the league.
In "The game against Altrincham earlier in the season, the reds triumphed 13-1". But on Sunday, "A stuttering performance, brought about by some not insignificant and unusual circumstances, coupled with a fired-up and well-drilled opposition, saw Altrincham leave Broadhurst Park with a creditable point as the game finished 1-1. Nicole Hatcliffe gave United a half time lead before Kyeshia Brown swept home a 40 yarder on 68 minutes to level the match showing that previous results matter for nothing in this "funny ol’ game" of ours.
On a cold bright winter afternoon, Luke Podmore was forced by injury and illness into making changes to his recent settled starting 11 and after losing Captain Kirsty Chambers and defender Fliss Winters inside 20 minutes to injuries that required a joint trip to Tameside General, to be replaced by a bench containing just two players this week; it was always going to be a more challenging afternoon for the league leaders than usual...
The first threat came from Altrincham’s striker Laura Kelly with Winters defending well to clear her lines.... On 5 minutes Chambers rode a challenge as she drove goalwards but injured herself in the process and could take no further part being replaced by Abbie Carrington. No doubt, the departure of FC’s talismanic Captain gave the visitors a psychological boost and from the restart they poured forward resulting in Georgina Ashton firing wide...
United became guilty, likely as a result of losing two team mates, of forcing the issue rather than acting and relying upon the instincts that have served them so well this campaign... Sullivan chased down well firing in a first time cross from the bye line. Hatcliffe gambled superbly and raced ahead of her near post defender nicking her shot beyond the dive of Hernandez to give United a 35th minute lead...
Altrincham knew they were well in the game despite United having the better of possession and chances in the first 45 minutes and from a corner early in the second half Nadine Sproule directed a a header goalwards forcing Jackson into an excellent one handed save.. Midway through the half Brown lofted a speculative long range effort over the United bar that turned out to be a prelude for her forty yard effort on 68 minutes that this time dipped over Jackson and into the back of the net sparking delirious celebrations from the visitors...
Altrincham held on valiantly to record a creditable draw...
Altrincham FC Ladies: 1. Esther Hernandez, 2. Kyeshia Brown (Goal 68 mins), 3. Georgina Ashton, 16. Bliss Molyneaux, 5. Louise Edleston, 6. Aimee Hopkinson, 21. Hannah Shufflebotham, 7. Jessica Hartopp, 8. Gail Simpson, 9. Jade Hesketh 18. Laura Kelly. Subs: 12. Megan Rowley (for No18 25 mins), 15. Nadine Sproule (for No9 39 mins), 17. Melisaa Williams (for No7 90 mins). 23. Courtney Williams (for No 12 63 mins). Roll On, Roll Off Changes: On No 18, Off No15 (90+2 mins).
Match Stats by Paul Hinson...
FC United stats first... Goals: 1-1, Shots on target: 9-4, Shots off target: 15-2, Corners: 8-3, Completed Passes: 375-179, Possession: 68%.-32%".
16 November 2017
Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, announces that "Altrincham FC Ladies Development team is looking for a new manager as, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, our original manager Steve has had to leave the post. This team currently plays in the Cheshire Women's & Youth League Division Two and, at the moment, they top the Division. So, if you are at least minimum FA Level 1 qualified with a drive and desire for women's football and an attitude that you feel can take this team forward, then please drop me an email, as soon as possible".
14 November 2017
Altrincham FC Ladies played a friendly game on Sunday which ended Altrincham FC Ladies 9 Morecambe LFC Reserves 4. The Alty scorers were Laura Kelly (3), Laura Dodds, Kye Brown (2), Megan Rowley, Jess Hartopp and Brogan Walsh.
Meanwhile in the Cheshire Women's Division 2, the Altrincham FC Ladies Development team had an excellent away win, 5-2, against AFC Stockport. The Alty scorers were Jess Harding (2), Sabrina Hoysted, Emma Quigley and Megan Lord.
Alty Ladies' manager Keith Edleston adds that the result "leaves the Development team still on top of the league, three points clear of AFC Stockport".
10 November 2017
The league has postponed Altrincham FC Ladies' planned league fixture this Sunday. So, at this late stage, manager Keith Edleston has hastily arranged a replacement fixture, a friendly at home to Morecambe LFC at Mersey Valley. This will be at Mersey Valley at 2pm and, as usual, the bar facilities will be open before and during the match. All spectators are very welcome.
6 November 2017
Last Sunday's fixture, away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds Reserves, was postponed, owing to a waterlogged pitch.
Next Sunday, 12th, the Ladies are away to Stockport County Blues, at Stockport Sports Village, Woodley SK6 1QX, with a 2pm kick off.
Meanwhile, the Ladies' Development Team is also away, against AFC Stockport at Frederick Whittaker Scott Playing Fields, Whitehill, Stockport SK5 7LW. Again, kick off is at 2pm
29 October 2017
In the Argyle Sports Cup on Sunday, Altrincham FC Ladies had a fine 3-0 win over Preston North End Ladies. In the next round they are at home to Prem CMB Ladies. Their next league match is away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds Reserves on Sunday, 5 November.
Meanwhile, the Altrincham FC Ladies' development squad won their match against Macclesfield Town Ladies 16-1!
22 October 2017
Altrincham FC Ladies' manager Keith Edleston writes that "Unfortunately, today's Argyle Cup match against Preston North End LFC has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This game now rolls over to next Sunday and, again, will be at Mersey Valley Sports Club, with a 2pm kick off. Hopefully, the weather will be kinder and we can get the game on".
16 October 2017
Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies reports how "The first team got back to winning ways on Sunday with a 9-0 win against City of Liverpool at Mersey Valley in a game that was played in a spirit of good sportsmanship between the two teams.
It was unfortunately let down by some 'questionable decisions throughout the 90 minutes for both teams and this took the shine off a good team performance.
A first-half hat-trick from Kye Brown coupled with a brace from Megan Wright, with one each for Sophie Carolan, Sadie Powell, Laura Kelly and Megan Rowley sealed the game.
All the players got valuable game time today, with a debut start for Melissa Williams in centre-midfield along with a call-up for forward Courtney Williams from the Development Team.
We move onto the next game, which is sure to be a cracker, when we welcome Preston North End to Mersey Valley in the First Round of the Argyle Cup. Kick off for this game, on Sunday, is 2pm and we would love to see you there".
8 October 2017
In Sunday's match at Curzon Ashton, Altrincham FC Ladies lost 7-2. Their next match on Sunday (15th) is at home to City of Liverpool Ladies.
3 October 2017
Pictured above is Megan Wright in action.
Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies has kindly provided a brief report on his team's game, last Sunday...
"Well, the luck has still deserted the first team as we slipped to a 0-3 home defeat v West Didsbury & Chorlton. This league is showing itself to be very nip and tuck with not much between the teams and, just like last week, if you don't score with the chances you create, you will get punished!
We can't, and we won't, fault the players as they are working hard and playing well. We know the tide will turn and we WILL get it right but, without doubt, we will continue playing the right way, the way we have built this team up from the start and with the right ethic.
We now put that behind us, move on and look forward to the next game v Curzon Ashton (A) on Sunday 2pm kick-off."
2 October 2017
Atrincham FC Ladies lost 0-3 at home to West Didsbury & Chorlton on Sunday. Next Sunday they are away to Curzon Ashton.
28 September 2017
Altrincham FC have received an attractive, but tough, draw in the First Round of the prestigious Argyle Cup. They have been drawn at home to Preston North End in a match to be played on 22 October at 2pm. The venue is to be confirmed but is likely to be at the J Davidson Stadium, where all supporters will be very welcome.
Steven Mackay reports on the match between Altrincham Ladies' Development team and Stockport HNR Ladies, which he entitles...
"Going into today’s game Alty players were feeling confident, given the solid start they’ve made. However, from the start, Stockport gave the young Alty players a lesson in open-age football. The opposition used their experience to impose themselves. With Alty feathers ruffled, we battled through the half while still creating good chances to score but just unable to convert.
The opposition meanwhile seldom troubled our keeper. Alty made some changes at the break which gave us a different balance to the team and, not long into the second half, one of these changes, Maddy, latched onto a loose ball and headed it over the keeper.
Alty now started to dominate and soon found ourselves two-up with a goal from Natalie.
Into the last ten minutes Stockport once again imposed themselves putting Alty under a lot of pressure. This led to a clumsy challenge, and a penalty was awarded to the opposition. Alty's keeper stood firm and saved the penalty.
Despite this outcome, Stockport kept pushing and we struggled to clear our lines. With all this sustained pressure, it didn’t take long for Stockport to score. As the game entered into added time Alty were awarded a corner and, at last, some respite for our weary defenders.
However, due to a mix up, we gave the ball away too cheaply, which allowed Stockport to advance and score the equaliser.
At the final whistle it felt a crushing blow to lose two points, especially given how the young Alty players battled. But, possibly as a team, we were at times slightly naïve. This was only due to the lack of open-age experience and as the season continues we will only get better. We still haven’t lost any games this season but we just need to convert our chances".
24 September 2017
Keith Edleston, manager of the Altrincham Ladies reports on his side's 1-3 defeat on Sunday away to Crewe Alexandra Ladies.
Above: Hannah Shufflebotham in action in the game.
He writes, "In a game where we played really well, with plenty of positives, it's the same old adage 'If you don't take your chances (and we had many many chances) you won't win a game!'
We started well and took the lead when Hannah Shufflebotham won a 50/50 ball in midfield and laid the ball to Meg Rowley, who instantly squared for Laura Kelly to slide the ball under the advancing keeper to give us the lead. A lead that, to be fair, we looked comfortable with, although Crewe, to be fair, are a good side who play the game well and caused us some concern at times.
Approaching half-time a needless foul gave Crewe a direct shot on goal, which debutant keeper Esther Henandez pushed onto the bar but a Crewe player reacted fastest and put it in the goal.
The second half was going much the same way, with us having possesion and Crewe relying on the breakaway. Unfortunately, twice they capitalised to make it 1-3. We still kept going and more chances were missed by us and it just wasn't to be and the game ended with a loss.
However, the save of the game was left to the end, when a Crewe player let fly from 20 yards out, to which Esther flew to her right and tipped the ball over the bar. Well done to Crewe and good luck for the season.
For us, it's shooting practice at training on Thursday girls.
Full time at The Cumberland Arena: Crewe Alexandra Development 3 Altrincham FC Ladies 1 (Laura Kelly)
Starting 11: Esther Hernandez Rodriguez, Bliss Molyneaux, Louise Edleston, Aimee Hopkinson, Kye Brown, Gail Simpson, Hannah Shufflebotham, Jess Hartop, Megan Rowley, Laura Kelly, Kate Bryan. Subs: Georgia Ashton, Melissa Williams, Sadie Powell"
The Ladies are sixth in the league table. Their next fixture is at home (Mersey Valley) to West Didsbury & Chorlton Ladies on Sunday, 1 October.
21 September 2017
Courtesy of Alty Ladies' manager Keith Edleston, we have his Ladies' Development Team colleague, Steve Mackay's report on last Sunday's Chester City v Altrincham Ladies' Development Team match.
"Going in to today’s game we were missing four key players due to recent injuries and, more importantly, this included our keeper. A reshuffle was needed prior to kick off, which would test the team.
It was a scrappy opening affair with neither team really testing the keepers and this theme continued throughout the half. Midway through, Chester were awarded a corner. As the ball was played in, several Alty players including the stand-in keeper lost the flight of the ball, due to the glaring sunshine, this simply allowed an easy tap-in for Chester.
Alty regrouped at the break and, right from the kick-off, we started to dominate the game but Chester's defence held strong. Alty continued to keep the pressure on and, not long into the second half, we made the breakthrough, thanks to Sabrina. As the game continued, it was plain to see Chester were tiring after being put under a lot of pressure from Alty. We continued to push forward to find the winner when there was a rare attack from Chester, which caught us out and they scored.
Alty's players never gave up and, once again, they kept pushing and pushing but, once again, Chester’s defence held strong. As the game entered into added time, Alty were awarded a corner Initially, the set piece came to nothing but Chester defended it poorly, which allowed the loose ball to land near Natalie who blasted it in the top corner", 2-2.
14 September 2017
Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edelston's headline for his brief report on his side's game last Sunday is "Super Rowley on fire as she nets FOUR for the Lady Robins!". Keith continues...
"Last Sunday saw the Ladies' first team welcome local rivals Northwich Vixens down to Mersey Valley in a fixture that had to be reversed due to their Lostock Gralam pitch having to have remedial repairs in one goalmouth.
On an inclement day, where we had sunshine, drizzle then heavy rain the game was entertaining, to say the least, for the sizeable crowd that had come down to watch our first league game of the season.
We started with a 3-4-1-2 formation with the emphasis for the players to take the game to the Vixens. This game also had some extra spice as we had signed right-back Aimee Hopkinson from them in the close season.
Some great football was on show throughout the team and we created plenty of chances for the forwards but they were saved or just missing the target. Just as we thought 'maybe one of those games', Megan Rowley scored the first goal of the match. She was on fire, and with prompting from the midfield and her partner up front Laura Kelly, they pulled Vixens everywhere and Megan scored two more for her hat-trick to make the half-time score 3-0.
The second half started much the same and, within five minutes, that girl Rowley latched on to another fine ball and scored the goal of the game that belied her young age. As she approached the onrushing Vixens keeper, she calmly lifted the ball over the keeper's head and into the goal to make it FOUR goals.
On 70 minutes we brought Megan off to rousing support from the home fans and Kate Bryan replaced her. On 75 minutes there was a superb mazy run by Georgia Plant, beating three players, before she squared the ball for Kate to run on, round the keeper and slot home to make it five.
Above: Megan Rowley nets her fourth goal. Image courtesy of Mike Ripley
The game itself was a good one to watch as, although we scored five, Vixens contributed a lot to the game and we wish them good luck for the rest of the season.
Player of the Match had to be young Megan who had an outstanding game but she was quick to heap praise on the rest of the team which she said 'made her job easy'.
Final score was...
Thanks go to all the supporters who came to support us on Sunday, we loved seeing you there. There is no game for the girls this Sunday (unless the league throw a surprise in), so it's back to action a week on Sunday as we travel over Cheshire to face Crewe Alexandra LFC.
11 September 2017
Alty Ladies beat Northwich Vixens 5-0 on Sunday afternoon and mow lie third in the North West Women's Regional League Division One South. And at the same time the newly formed development Team were winning their inaugural home fixture 3-1 against Chester City Ladies. More on these matches to follow...
Upcoming matches for Alty Ladies are...
6 September 2017
Keith Edleston, manager of Altrincham FC Ladies, informs us that "This Sunday's away game has been reversed ,as requested by our opponents Northwich Vixens, due to repairs on their pitch. The game is now to be played at Mersey Valley Sports Club, k.o. 2pm and all the usual facilities (food & drink) will be available from the clubhouse.
An added bonus is that our new Development Team has its first game at Mersey Valley at the same time on Pitch 2, so you get TWO games at the same time! Come down and support the girls in red and white!
4 September 2017
FC United of Manchester report on their 13-1 victory over Altrincham FC Ladies in the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday.
1 September 2017
On Sunday (3rd), Altrincham FC Ladies' 2017-18 season kicks off. Rather than the originally scheduled league match against Liverpool Marshalls Feds, Alty Ladies will now be travelling to Broadhurst Park for their debut match in the SSE Women's FA Cup against FC United of Manchester Ladies (k.o. 2pm). Alty manager Keith Edleston says "This is our first-ever entry into this prestigous competition since we started up as a club and we are all looking forward to it". He added, "If you can make it over there, to cheer the girls on, that would be fantastic".
24 July 2017
Altrincham FC Ladies' 2017-18 fixtures in the North West Women's Regional League Division One South have been released and are here. The fixtures will also be added to this website's Ladies Fixtures pages shortly.
25 July 2017
Manager of the Altrincham FC Ladies team, Keith Edleston reports that, "Due to her bad shoulder injury and a subsequent operation, our Manx midfielder, Anna Dillon, has had to retire from football and any contact sport. She will still stay a big supporter of the team as she has really enjoyed her stay, (however brief), with us and hopes she has made some good friends this side of the water.
Anna (pictured front row, far right in the above image) has also said she will be coming over from her home in Foxdale in the Isle of Man to watch and support the girls in some of this seasons games. I have thanked Anna for all her commitment, her desire to want to play for us and her friendship, as I know we will remain friends for