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 well so far as well, having been to the Extra Preliminary Round, the Preliminary Round and then the First Round Qualifying. This round then was the Second Round Qualifying and once again I decided to keep it local and go to a game in the Manchester/Greater Manchester area.
Saturday just gone then, I/we went to watch the FA Cup giant killing team of Altrincham FC play against Lincolnshire side Gainsborough Trinity at Moss Lane. Both teams are from the National League North Division and had already met in the league back in August, with Trinity coming out on top with a 2-0 win at their Northolme Ground home. Altrincham in fact hadn’t won a single league all season going into this game and were sitting second bottom. Gainsborough were fairing a little bit better with two other wins under their belt but are still only fourteenth.
The last time I was actually at Altrincham’s ground was back in May 2014 for their Play Off Final victory. That day it was packed and we came in via the correct home entrance. On Saturday though after a quick pint up the road in The King George we entered the ground from the other end and into the away terrace. After a quick word with a steward though they allowed us through a gate and into the Popular Side home terrace just in time to see the game kick off. Two minutes later and a goal had already been scored as Trinity were ahead via a Reid penalty.
It was a cracking sunny day on Saturday as well and perfect for an afternoon of FA Cup football. Having a look around on the day we reckoned there was probably around 500 fans in the ground, including around 40 or 50 away fans. The first half was pretty even to be honest and Trinity were probably hoping they’d just done enough to take a lead in at half-time. However, Alty never stopped and two late chances with a couple of minutes to go, gave them two goals in two minuets and they went in at half-time with the lead instead.
We decided to move around during the interval to the home Golf Road end of the ground, do did all the Trinity fans as they were allowed to wander around and take up a spot behind the goal they were now going to be shooting at. On the way around we noticed ambulance staff were dealing with someone who was on the ground. We didn’t stop to look of course, we kept on walking but obviously we hoped all was okay with whom everyone it was.
My friend predicted a 3-2 to win to Alty during half-time and when Jarman equalised in the 82 minute with a stunning volley for Trinity, he was in with a correct score prediction. A winner looked as if it was only going to come from Trinity rather than Alty themselves in the dying minutes though. Then however a couple of scuffed chances, a few miss kicks, a rebound off the bar and somehow Reeves managed to bundle the ball over the line for a 92 minute winner for Altrincham. A cracking day out, 3-2 to Alty, a lovely large hot dog in the ground and we finished off with a couple of beers after the game at Costello’s bar in the Goose Green area of Altrincham town centre.
Another option instead of going to the Altrincham game was Stockport County v Hyde, so whatever the outcome of that game we were hoping they’d get a home tie in the Third Qualifying Round on Saturday 1 October 2016 so we maybe get to see them next. We’ll just have to wait and see we thought