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Whitchurch Utd 0 - 4 Alton

Updated: 11.09.17

Alton finally turned draws into victories on Saturday when they put Whitchurch to the sword.

Whitchurch Utd 0 - 4 Alton

In truth it should have been more, but for some inspired goal keeping by Josh Cotton in the Whitchurch goal and some wayward finishing by a mixture of Alton players meant Alton had to be content with four.

The game could have been so different as, as early as the third minute following ping pong in the Alton box, Cherrett, chipped Matt Petts in the Alton goal, but Liam Flanighan got back to head off the goal line.

Sean Hayes had a free kick saved, before a move down Alton's left involving Taylor Watts, his through ball allowed Danny Knee to cross, Hayes's shot was parried but George Callard made no mistake from the rebound to put Alton one up. Ben Williams and Matt Graham had to be alert to defend well and break up a rare Whitchurch attack.

Watts was becoming more influential and tested the keeper who somehow saved with his legs, using this a sighter Watts doubled Alton's lead when John Cass broke up a Whitchurch attack, played the ball to Joe Clarke who in turn fed Sean Hayes, he found Watts in space on the left and his cross come shot caught Cotton out and sailed into the far corner.

Whitchurch had a good chance to get back in the game when Flanighan was adjudged to have handled when the ball bounced up off his knee as he blocked a shot. From Ormiston's free kick Petts went full length to turn the ball round the post for a corner, Alton probably should have increased their lead as the half ended, Danny Knee set up Hayes who shot over, Ollie Copplestone had a shot blocked before Danny Knee got free, rounded the keeper and as he was about to slide the ball into an empty net, Chandler somehow got back to clear. A fine move involving both full backs found John Cass and Matt Graham in the Whitchurch box, but somehow they could not make their attacking instincts pay.

Alton carried on with their attacking mood and at the start of the second half Knee's header came back off the post with the keeper beaten, Copplestone had a shot that was blocked and the keeper saved the follow up from Thorpe.

Manager Mark Corbett introduced himself in to the game and with his first touch scored Alton's third, when Watts found Knee and his cross across the edge of the six yard box found Corbett who turned it in.

George Callard and Reece Colbourne combined well to set up Danny Knee, but it proved not to be his day as his shot went just wide. Matt Petts who had been much of a spectator since his first half save had to be alert to save from Yeoman's, before a fine through ball from Copplestone found Corbett who scored his second and Alton's forth, to round off a fine afternoon.

Alton travel to US Portsmouth in the league cup on Tuesday before they entertain Folland Sports on Saturday where they will be hoping to repeat this display in front of their home fans.

Team: M.Petts, J.Cass, M.Graham, O.Copplestone, B.Williams, L.Flanighan, G.Callard. J.Clarke, D.Knee, S.Hayes, T.Watts
Subs: R.Colbourne, J.Thorpe, M.Corbett[all used]



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