The Game That Never Was
Glossop bowed out of the Cup with a rather placid performance that had all the fans scratching theirs and each others heads.
Team: Logan Booth, Noah Rowlinson,Jake Pearson, Louie Meates, Thomas Brogden, Dylan Johnston (c), Thomas Kuczaj, Jack Cowan, Mackenzie Lomas, Jacob Donnelly.
So, a very late kick-off at Dukinfield saw us watching the game in an almost deserted complex, whilst dodging the balls being fired at us by the Dukky Yooth senior squad!
As a spectacle the game never seemed to get going, hence the title of this masterpiece.
In truth, both teams started doggedly with Altrincham looking a little nervous and defending very deeply.
Glossop looked set to score a bagful and many chances were created with our wide men Brogden and Kuczaj bombing forward at every opportunity, alas, despite the ball spending a lot of time in the Alty box, we couldn't score.
Lomas and Cowan were unable to use their pace as much due to deep defence, and although this was a risky strategy against a normally goal hungry Glossop, it worked and we were pretty much snubbed out.
Massive thanks must go out to Logan who volunteered to go in the nets today and had a really strong match, his sweeping and 'Keeper Sense' were superb considering its only the second time he has played in goal for The Blues.
The back three Rowlinson, Pearson, and Meates all had good games but, as the corporate muppets were starting on the half time pate served up with a bottle of tasty young Shiraz, Altrincham got lucky with a rebound, and their striker lashed in a beauty from a wide angle, unstoppable for Booth, and a shock for the fans.
Half time substitutions saw the emergence at right back of the disgraced Donnelly ( that's all I'm going to say ), and as the second half progressed, he formed a good defensive triangle with Booth and Pearson as Rowlinson went further and further forward.
Johnston and Meates were now together in midfield, and though we huffed, and we puffed, the Altrincham piggies held firm.
The game dragged on and the more negative members of the Ultras were muttering about losing 1-0 when a speculative Broggers effort was deflected into his own net by the superb Alty keeper and we were level with a minute to play.
A bit more huffing etc. but time ran out and it was the spectre ( could be a good name for a film that ) of the dreaded penalties which crawled out of the mud.
I'm not going to go into details but in all the years the lads have been together, we have only ever won one of these monsters so history was against us..............................we missed the lot, and it was game over.
So, for those of us hoping to see Hoff Kuczaj in his gleaming gold lame Cup final suit ( possibly with heels ), another year, we must wait.
I have attached a photograph to this piece of electronic chip wrap, this photo has on it three of our boys who have left us this season, Mikey has gone to the beautiful country with his family, and Will and Joe have left us to play some weird game chasing a giant egg round a field, jumping on it, then beating the living daylights out of each other!!
As ever, I apologise for the photo edit which appears to have cut-off Thomas and Mackenzie, my skills are a bit limited in that, and most, departments so there!
Good luck to all three lads who have been great for the club and hopefully at least two of them might be helping us to win that Rugby World Cup thingy in 2023.
Moms went to Logan Booth and Jake Pearson.
And as we say every January at Elland Rd, we are concentrating on the league this year, actually.