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Altrincham 3 Harriers 0

Date: 02-01-06 Venue: Moss Lane att: 1165 away fans: 100 (approx)
A disastrous Christmas
Today's expected defeat continued the awful form of this once great football team into the New Year.    The false dawn of the two wins in the FA Trophy and LDV Trophy proved to be just that - false results that cannot be carried over into bread and butter League games.

We have now picked up just one point out of a possible nine over Christmas and frankly that is just not good enough to save us from relegation to the dreaded Conference North/South.    Action HAS to be taken NOW by the board to halt this slide.    If they DO NOT ACT NOW then it's obvious to myself and every other Harriers fan that this board are the most incompetent fools to have walked this planet and in the real cut and thrust of a major companies boardroom they would not even be allowed to make the tea.

It is time this board either came up with the goods or resign as soon as possible.

This defeat started with a major change to the line-up from the Burton game with John Danby taking over from the beleaguered Danny Lewis.    Danny didn't even make the bench so was probably given the day off to get it out of his system.

The irony is that John also had a dodgy day between the sticks.

Johnny Mullins was also having the day off but his was self inflicted after he picked up a fifth yellow card in the previous encounter with Alty on Boxing Day.    Daryl Burgess came back into the side in his place.

One surprise was the demotion of Russ Penn to the bench to sit alongside the returning Simon Russell.    Penn was replaced by Simon Russell to give a more attacking look to the side.

It was the Harriers who were the first on the attack within minutes of the start when Lee Thompson fired over the bar from close range.    It should really have found the back of the net.

After ten minutes Alty had taken the lead when Warren Peyton sent in a free-kick that was superbly pushed away by John Danby but Colin Little was well placed to fire home the rebound.    Soon after we had a call for a penalty but instead the referee, Amy Rainer again, waved Christie's calls away to give us a free kick on the edge of the area but booked Alty's Aspinall for the challenge.    Gareth Sheldon sent the free kick just wide.

Minutes later and we had gone further behind when Danby tried to take the ball towards the edge of the arae but found himself dispossessed by the ex Man Utd trainee, Rod Thornley, to easily fire the ball into the empty net.

In response the Harriers tried their luck with a speculative shot from Lee Thompson but it was Alty who took their two goal lead into the break.
HT: 2 - 0
It was the Harriers who were to come out strongest after their half time cuppa when Christie had a shot blocked on the line and then Simon Heslop wastefully fired over from just outside the box.

Following a head injury received by Sheldon he was replaced by the returning Simon Russell, making his comeback following a badly fractured wrist received against Exeter on Guy Fawkes Night.    'Scholesy' immediately burst into action with a shot that was well saved by Coburn in the Altrincham goal and then sent in a shot that only just went over the bar.

Slowly Alty regained their superiority although it was the Harriers that were playing the better football.    A corner was poorly cleared by our lethargic defence and the ball again fell kindly for an opposing player to send in a volley that went just wide and then a shot was sent over the bar by Potts a quarter of an hour from the end.

The same player won a corner soon after and ran over to take it.    He sent it over perfectly for Little to rise high above our defence and bury the ball past Danby to finish the game off at 3-0.

We did get the ball into the net but, as usual, someone was offside and the goal from Lee Thompson was ruled out.

We may have had a better game than in recent weeks, without the result to go with it, but it does not hide the fact that we are a club in mortal danger of crashing straight through the pyramid at the first attempt unless someone in command gets their arse into gear and does something positive for once in their life.

The board must act now or resign.
FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Altrincham: Little 11, 77, Thornley 36.

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Altrincham  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Coburn     Danby  
Aspinall gif   Flynn gif
Band     Burgess  
Rose     Jackson gif
Scott     Hatswell  
Murphy     Fleming  
Bushell     Sheldon  
Peyton     Heslop  
Chalmers     Christie  
Little     Thompson gif
Thornley     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Potts     Wilson  
Owen     Hurren  
Lugsden     Russell  
Robinson     Penn  
McFadden     Graves  

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