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.here. You can reserve your seat by ringing the club during normal weekday office hours on (0161) 928-1045.
The two sides, now both relegated, next met in a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly match, played on Tuesday, 2 August, 2005.
In 2013-14 the clubs were back in the same division (Conference North) and they met four times; twice in the regular league programme and then in a two-legged promotion play-off. In the home league match Alty lost 3-1 but drew 1-1 in the away fixture three months later.
In the play-off first leg, the game at Keys Park ended 2-2 before almost 2,000 spectators witnessed a 2-1 home win for Altrincham with the winner, ironically, netted by James Lawrie, now a Hednesford player.
Overall Mike Garnett confirms the statistical record as...
Admission details at Hednesford are as follows;
The postcode is WS12 2DZ.Hednesford Town reported that the Pitmen "were handed a lesson in finishing after being put to the sword by Mickleover Sports to suffer their sixth defeat out of seven on the road this season.
The Pitmen were on the back foot from the start and fell behind in the sixth minute when Ben Turner was given a free header in the penalty area... Hednesford should really have been level in the 24th minute after James Lawrie picked out Glover but he planted his headed effort straight at King...
Three minutes later the home side doubled their lead when a freekick was played into Clinton Morrison who let the ball roll into Garnett and he finished smartly past James Wren. Things went from bad to worse in the 38th minute for Hednesford as Andy Dales got to the touchline and he picked out Garnett who tapped home from six yards...
Two minutes into the second period it was 4-0 as, despite the initial freekick being blocked, the ball fell to Lewis Belgrave and he fired a low effort into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. Things got worse for Hednesford in the 54th minute when Mickleover played it around the Pitmen backline before Dales saw his shot from 18 yards beat Wren and find the back of the net...
In the 83rd minute Mickleover could have added a sixth goal when they were awarded a penalty but Garnett missed his chance for a hat-trick as he fired his effort well over the goal. The Pitmen now turn their attentions towards Tuesday evening’s home game against Altrincham...
Hednesford Town: Wren, Platt (Oji 46), Weir, Bailey, Mutton, Fitzpatrick, Bullock (Lyttle 66), Thorley, Glover, Lawrie, Davies (Levingston 46) Subs not used: Melbourne, Steele".
Hednesford's home league matches so far this season have ebded as follows...
The score-line would suggest Celtic were massively outplayed but, apart from the goals, there was nothing between the teams. Celtic opened the chances with Dickinson flicking Danny Morton’s inch perfect cross wide of the mark, Luke Ashworth headed a corner over and Dickinson’s wicked angled drive took a deflection that took all the sting out of it. A handball from Steve Towers should have been a penalty, but Celtic got a corner instead.
Jermaine Hollis tested stand-in keeper Jack Walton but the young loan keeper was up to it. There was nothing he could do after Morton slid in and missed Blair Anderson, who went on to pull back the ball along the line to Daniel Creaney who had the simplest of tap ins. Celtic collapsed a little, allowing Coalville to pressure more...
The second half saw Celtic continue to get nothing from what they created... To show Honeyball how to convert a free header, Coalville got a corner and Daniel Creaney nodded the ball unhindered into the back of the net. Moments after Bailey-Jones had shot wide, Coalville added a third with what has to be classed as a really good goal...
Watson added his second and Coalville’s fourth, when a good tackle in the box from Luke Ashworth saw the ball spin to Watson who drilled the ball into the back of the net.
Celtic were beaten, and although Greg Wilkinson had a chance and Jake Charles finally got a shot off from a very narrow angle that still required a great save from Coton, it was Coalville that came closer to adding a fifth, when Creaney’s shot hit the crossbar.
Although there’s still thirty plus games left, Celtic’s position is looking very precarious. Anything but a win on Tuesday against Halesowen who are the only other team on single figures will mean serious questions need to be asked."
Manager Steve Burr's comments are here
The Stalybridge team comprised 1 Walton, Jack 2 Morton, Danny 3 Killock, Ross 4 Brown, Tom 5 Ashworth, Luke 6 Honeyball, Alex 7 Chippendale, Aidan 8 Roberts, Oliver, 9 Dickinson, Liam 10 Charles, Jake 11 Tongue, Liam 12 Cofie, John 14 Bailey-Jones, Theo 15 Wilkinson, Greg 16 Crowley, Oliver 17 Julien, Sebastian.