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Alton 1 - 0 Shaftesbury

Posted: 12.12.16

Alton continued their fine form to make it four wins on the bounce with a hard fought victory over 5th place Shaftesbury on Saturday.

The match could have and should have been easier, but Sean Hayes's 37th penalty was saved to keep Shaftesbury in the game.

The match started at a frenetic pace with both sides trying to get the ball forward quickly. But it was last weeks four goal hero Scott Sanderson who had the games first chance when he made him self some space on the edge of the area only to see his shot saved.

Shaftesbury got in down Alton's left but the shot went into the side netting. Alton's Mitch Parker then shot wide, before another Sanderson shot was parried by the keeper, Callum Burch reacted quickest to the rebound, but his shot crepted just wide.

Alton's pressure finally told when from Hayes's free kick, Mitch Parker rose highest to head home giving the keeper no chance. Almost immediately Alton were given the chance to increase their lead when Burch's shot was handled in the area, but Hayes's weak penalty was easily saved, and for the third time in four games Alton had a penalty saved.

Shaftesbury finished the half stronger and probably should have equalised but they managed to head wide when it looked easier to score, and as the half ended Kallum Lunn in the Alton goal got down well to save. Shaftesbury continued to attack and hit the post before Lunn was again called into action to tip a shot round the post.

Taylor Watts was beginning to cause Shaftesbury problems and from one delightful cross forced the defender to head over his own bar with Ryan Bunney hovering. From the resulting corner Mark Taylor headed just wide. Shaftesbury were trying to get back into the game, but it was Alton who had the better chances, full back Joe Green on a rare saunter forward had his shot saved, before Burch put in a cross that eluded everyone and Bunney at the far post couldn't quite reach.

As the game reached its a conclusion a flurry of cards were shown by the referee including Red for Ryan Bunney and Shaftesbury number six. But Alton held on to record another fine victory.

This Saturday Alton travel to play Tadley Calleva in their last game before Christmas.


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