Hello, my name is Ian and after doing my (preview/review) blogs on this site covering all the games of Euro 2016. I decided to start a new project. To try to attend as many rounds of the FA Cup 2016/2017 season starting from the very beginning. I’ve gone more than well so far, having been to the Extra Preliminary Round, the Preliminary Round as well as the First, Second and Third Round Qualifying rounds. This round then was the Fourth and final Round of Qualifying and once again I decided to keep it local and go to a game in the Manchester/Greater Manchester area.
Unfortunately, but not in a bad way, there wasn’t that many local teams playing at home in the Manchester area in this round. The two closest grounds were two that were easy enough to get to, but two that I had been to before, Moss Lane for Altrincham and Edgeley Park for Stockport County. My only other option was potentially going down to Nantwich for their game. I was very tempted and if it wasn’t for other commitments I’d of definitely gone.
It wasn’t to be though so I opted for Altrincham again and their home time with Matlock Town from the Northern Premier top division. Since my last visit to Altrincham they have done a little better in the league too, but are still having an awful season and if they can’t take their FA Cup form into the league they could be looking at relegation again.
The actual game itself was a good game and with plenty of incidents and goals too. First of all there was quite a lot of poor defending all round on the day. Starting with Altrincham just not getting tight enough a couple of times to different players, which allowed Matlock a few unchallenged passes. Which lead to the ball being slotted into the back of the net by McManus, just after the half hour mark.
Alty equalised just five minutes later, again defenders weren’t tight enough, this time for Matlock. After a lofted flick into Damian Reeves, he controlled the ball brilliantly before swivelling quickly and half volleying the ball into the ground and into Matlock’s net. Goal of the game for me, just excellent awareness from the striker.
1-1 at half-time and although Altrincham were on top, Matlock deserved to still be in the game. Alty came out flying in the second half though and two goals from Miller within the first ten minutes pretty much sealed the game for Altrincham. They hung on to their lead to enter the first round proper of the competition once again. There was a late penalty miss for Matlock and a red card for Alty’s Hannigan which could have potentially changed the game, but it didn’t.
That’s six games for myself in the FA cup this year and every time the home team has won and gone through, five straight away on the day. Anyway, here are some highlights from Alty TV to see the action for yourself.
I was a little behind in getting this report out as you can see by the date, but in that time all the replays have taken place and even TV scheduling has been arranged. The full draw with dates and kick off times for the FA Cup First Round proper can be seen below:
Friday 4th November 2016
19:45 2 Millwall VS Southend United
19:55 29 Eastleigh VS Swindon Town Live on BBC 2
Saturday 5 November 2016
12:00 32 Crawley Town VS Bristol Rovers
12:30 4 Merstham VS Oxford United Live on BT Sport 1
15:00 3 Dagenham & Redbridge VS FC Halifax Town
15:00 7 Yeovil Town VS Solihull Moors
15:00 8 Stockport County VS Woking
15:00 9 Dartford VS Sutton United
15:00 10 Walsall VS Macclesfield Town
15:00 11 Port Vale VS Stevenage
15:00 12 Northampton Town VS Harrow Borough
15:00 13 Cambridge United VS Dover Athletic
15:00 14 Westfields VS Curzon Ashton
15:00 15 Milton Keynes Dons VS Spennymoor Town
15:00 16 Gillingham VS Brackley Town
15:00 18 Portsmouth VS Wycombe Wanderers
15:00 20 Bury VS AFC Wimbledon
15:00 23 Mansfield Town VS Plymouth Argyle
15:00 24 Braintree Town VS Eastbourne Borough
15:00 26 Bolton Wanderers VS Grimsby Town
15:00 27 Bradford City VS Accrington Stanley
15:00 28 Oldham Athletic VS Doncaster Rovers
15:00 30 Shrewsbury Town VS Barnet
15:00 33 Whitehawk VS Stourbridge
15:00 34 Colchester United VS Chesterfield
15:00 35 Lincoln City VS Altrincham
15:00 36 Exeter City VS Luton Town
15:00 37 Charlton Athletic VS Scunthorpe United
15:00 38 Cheltenham Town VS Crewe Alexandra
15:00 39 Peterborough United VS Chesham United
Sunday 6 November 2016
14:00 1 Sheffield United VS Leyton Orient
14:00 5 Taunton Town VS Barrow AFC
14:00 17 Alfreton Town VS Newport County AFC
14:00 19 Maidstone United VS Rochdale AFC
14:00 21 St Albans City VS Carlisle United
14:00 22 Boreham Wood VS Notts County
14:00 25 Hartlepool United VS Stamford AFC
14:00 31 Morecambe VS Coventry City
14:00 40 Blackpool VS Kidderminster Harriers
Monday 7 November 2016
19:45 6 Southport VS Fleetwood Town Live on BT Sport 1