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Andover New Street 2 - 1 Alton

Updated: 08.08.17

Not the start to the season Alton were hoping for as they went down by two goals to one away at Andover on Saturday.

On a pitch where the grass was left longer than normal, which didn't really suit Alton's passing game and had a whole range of weather from sunshine to hail storms it was Andover who got off to the better start as Alton struggle to retain possession.

Neither side created much until in the 12th minute a cross into Alton's penalty area found Callum Sweeney unmarked and he had time to take the ball down before giving Matt Petts no chance. This seemed to spur Alton into life and Callum Burch had a shot saved, before a succession of corners came to nothing.

Then Andover doubled their lead, Spencer Casson, somehow managed to pass through two defenders and found Ollie Yates in acres of space and with no one shutting him down shot home from fully thirty yards in to the top corner.

With Mark Corbett urging the players on and a switch of flanks for Danny Knee and Taylor Watts Alton started to get on top, Watts cut in and had a shot blocked, Knee was giving his defender a torrid time and it was no surprise when from a Watts pass he beat his defender and his shot reduced the deficit.

Alton now enjoyed their best spell Knee had another shot blocked. before his cross just fell behind Callum Burch, as the half ended Matt Petts made a save to deny Zac Neve.

The second half started as the first had ended, Watts cross evaded everyone, before a cross from Matt Graham was just to high for Taylor Watts to get on the end of, Corbett rang the changes bring on Scott Sanderson and Jody Thorpe for Sean Hayes and Joe Clarke, Andover had a shot blocked by Ben Williams before Sanderson had a shot saved.

Andover forced two corners and from the second Petts had to be alert to tip over from Jamie Pollards shot, the game was drifting as Andover appeared to be happy to hold onto what they had by fair means or foul, Watts was unceremoniously dumped to the ground when in full flow, unfortunately for Alton the referee played a poor advantage and the chance was gone.

Andover should have increased their lead when Yates got through on goal and after going round Petts and then dumping Graham on the floor somehow contrived to hit the angle of bar and post and away for a goal kick when it appeared easier to score.

With five minutes remaining Andover were reduced to ten men when Jamie Pollard was dismissed for a second yellow. There was so little time left that Alton were unable to take advantage, and so the game ended in a disappointing defeat.

Next up for Alton this Saturday when Ringwood visit The Enclosure, and manager Corbett will be expecting a response.

Alton:- M.Petts, R.Colbourne, M.Graham, S.Hayes, B.Williams, M.Taylor, D.Knee, J.Clarke, C.Burch, R,Hitch, T,Watts,
Subs (all used) S.Sanderson, J.Thorpe, J.Cass


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