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Alton Youth 3 - 2 Cove Youth

Updated: 14.09.17

This was a good winning start for a young Alton side that dominated the first half, but had to work hard to complete the victory.

With the wind blowing and rain falling at Alton’s, Anstey Park Enclosure, the scenes were set. Alton started nervously with the visitors pressing and forcing a few errors as the home side tried to play out from the back. Neither side threatened early on as most of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch, Alton’s first chance fell to Ben Carlisle who blasted over a Chris Horton corner from close range. This was the catalyst for the home side to start moving the ball at pace and work there opponents, the next chance fell to Kian Ventham who intercepted a pass and went on a mazy run, but his shot from 20 yards flew narrowly wide. The opening goal then came when Ellison Rogers exchanged passes on the edge of the area and weaved through 2 or 3 challenges and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper (this goal would have been shown over and over again if captured on TV, and was likened to that of Ricky Villia for Tottenham in the FA Cup final). Alton soon doubled there lead when Liam knight scored from close range after the keeper had saved his first effort. The home side were no dominating procession and playing some great football, but the visitors still carried a threat from set pieces and Toby Glover tipped ball around post from a free kick. The final chance of the half fell to Ellison Rogers who headed over bar from 6 yards after another good delivery from Chris Horton.

Half Time Alton 2 Cove 0

Alton started the second half slowly again and could not reach the heights of the first half when it come to the football that they played. This possibly down to the visitors upping their game and the stop start nature as the referee affected the pace of the game. That said neither side created much in the opening 15 minutes of the half and with Ben Carlisle and Joe Toft marshalling the defence Alton looked comfortable. That was until the Referee saw an offence in the area that nobody else saw and awarded a penalty, the spot kick was slammed home giving Toby Glover no chance in the home goal. This gave the visitors renewed hope and they pressed for an equaliser, during this period Alton made there first changes with Joe Gasson & Joe Abel coming on. Alton then scored what turned out to be the winner when Gasson fired a great cross which fell to Reiss Deere who fired home from an acute angle. With the clock running down Alton completed their allocated substitions with Harry Rolfe, James Laird and finally Will Mead coming on, they all contributed well in the time they had on the pitch. With 90 minutes on the clock a good delivery from Abel was met at the back post by Mead who steered the ball home, only to be ruled offside. This unfortunately was not the final action as Cove delivered another set piece which was initially dealt with, but the home side could not stop a good strike from the edge of the area which flew into the top corner. Alton saw out remaining seconds to seal a well deserved victory.

Good start to the season with lots of positives and also still lots to work on so that we move forward and hopefully have a good season together.

Next week (Monday night) we travel to Windsor FC, in the FA Youth Cup. Hopefully we will have a few of the club members / supporters there with us.



Fixtures & Results

  • Andover Town (Home)
    Tue 26th Feb, 7.45pm

    Sydenhams Wessex League: Div 1

    Ringwood Town (Away)
    Sat 2nd Mar, 3.00pm

    Sydenhams Wessex League: Div 1
    See all:
    First Team Fixtures & Results 2018-19
    Last Result:
    East Cowes Vics 6 - 2 Alton
    Sat 16th Feb

    Sydenhams Wessex League
  • Tadley Calleva (Away)
    Thu 21st Feb, 7.45pm

    Wyvern Combination Football League (East)

    Liss Athletic (Away)
    Sat 23rd Feb, 3.00pm

    Wyvern Combination Football League (East)
    Last Result:
    Alton Res. P - P Tadley Calleva
    Sat 16th Feb (Aldershot Int Cup)

    Wyvern Combination League
  • Ash United (Home)
    Tue 5th Mar, 7.30pm

    Allied Counties Youth Football League (South)

    Guildford City (Home)
    Tue 12th Mar, 7.30pm

    Allied Counties Youth Football League (South)
    Last Result:
    Alton Youth 1 - 1 Fleet Town
    Tue 5th Feb

    Allied Counties League
  • Basingstoke Town (Away)
    Sun 24th Feb, 2.00pm

    SRWFL First Southern

    Wycombe Wanderers (Home)
    Sun 3rd Mar, 2.00pm

    SRWFL First Southern
    Last Result:
    Abingdon United 6 - 0 Alton Ladies
    Sun 17th Feb

    Southern Region Women's Football League: First Division - Southern

  • For our Junior and other teams' fixtures and results, please see the individual team pages by using the menu above or visit the FA Full Time website and search for the appropriate league/division.


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