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Whitchurch United 0 - 4 Alton

Posted: 29.09.18

Following Alton's fine victory at Bashley in midweek, they travelled to Whitchurch on Friday night full of confidence, and in truth once they scored after five minutes the result was never in doubt.

Alton attacked from the start and forced an early corner Matt Bunyan met Matt Grahams corner perfectly to head Alton in front. Liam Knight and Matt Bunyan combined but the move came to nothing.

Whitchurch were trying to get a foot hold in the game and Stone had a shot but Chris Adkins blocked.

Alton doubled the lead when Joe Clarke controlled the ball in midfield and spread the play to Gavin Muir on the right, he left his full back for dead and his pin point cross was headed home by Bunyan.

Whitchurch huffed and puffed without really threatening Matt Petts goal as he safely gathered a couple of crosses. Bunyan had a chance for a first half hat trick as Muir chased a ball down the left and his pull back found Bunyan on the edge of the penalty area, but he put his shot over.

Alton were getting a lot of joy down the left and another cross this time by Matt Graham was half punched clear by Cotton in the Whitchurch goal that found Ryan Thomas but he couldn't keep his shot down.

The game was becoming all one way Max Smith was fouled but the free kick came to nothing, before Knight flicked on for Bunyan who was adjudged to have been offside as he lobbed the keeper.

Petts took another cross before Joe Clarke found himself in the area and his shot was saved for a corner. The half ended with a cross from Reece Colbourne, Knight headed back across goal for Bunyan to set up Thomas but this time his shot went wide.

Alton could have doubled their lead in the first few minutes of the second half, Colbourne had a shot blocked and Clarke put the rebound over, before fine work between Muir and Max Smith saw the latter's shot deflected for a corner.

Alton had to be alert at the back as Whitchurch tried to get back in the game, Thomas blocked for a corner, before good all-round defending saw a promising Whitchurch move break down. Bunyan had two chances in quick succession, before Matt Petts had to be alert to save well, with Colbourne tidying up to deny Whitchurch a goal.

Muir was still causing problems and he cut in from the right wing, but was unable to keep his shot down and it flew over the bar.

Alton weren't to be denied and substitute Scott Sanderson scored with his second touch, Again Clarke won the ball in midfield, found Josh Maloney on the left wing, Bunyan stepped over his driven cross to leave Sanderson with an easy tap in at the far post.

Sanderson had a shot blocked, then Max Smith picked the ball up in the centre circle, with the Whitchurch player trying to swap shirts, Smith shrugged him off, advanced a few yards, and seeing Cotton off his line lobbed him from 40 yards for Alton's forth.

Alton should have had a penalty when Maloney got through on goal and as he was about to shoot was unceremoniously bought down from behind, but somehow the referee waved away Alton's appeals.

And so the game ended to complete a fine week for Alton. Next up after six away games is a home game next Saturday when East Cowes are the visitors to The Enclosure.



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
  • Westfield (Home)
    Tue 19th Feb, 7.30pm

    Allied Counties Youth Football League (South)

    Ash United (Home)
    Tue 5th Mar, 7.30pm

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

    Allied Counties League
  • Abingdon United (Away)
    Sun 17th Feb, 2.00pm

    SRWFL First Southern

    Basingstoke Town (Away)
    Sun 24th Feb, 2.00pm

    SRWFL First Southern
    Last Result:
    Alton Ladies 0 - 6 Moneyfields
    Sun 10th 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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