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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

  • US Portsmouth (HOME)
    Tue 29th Sep, 7:45pm

    Sydenhams Wessex League: Div 1

    Verwood Town (Away)
    Sat 3rd Oct, 3:00pm

    Sydenhams Wessex League: Div 1
    See all:
    First Team Fixtures & Results 2020-21
    Last Result:
    Laverstock & Ford 5 - 1 Alton
    Sat 19th Sep

    Sydenhams Wessex League
  • Fleetlands (HOME)
    Sat 3rd Oct, 3:00pm

    Hampshire Combination League: East Div

    AFC Porchester U23 (HOME)
    Tue 6th Oct, 7:45pm

    JSMS Second Round
    Last Result:
    Alton Res. 0 - 0 Paulsgrove
    Sat 26th Sep (Hampshire Combination League: East Div)

    Hampshire Combination League
  • Aldershot Town (HOME)
    Thu 8th Oct, 7:45pm

    Allied Counties Youth Football League (Central)

    Bracknell Town (Away)
    Mon 19th Oct, 7:45pm

    Allied Counties Youth Football League (Central)
    Last Result:
    Alton Youth 0 - 4 AFC Porchester
    Thu 10th Sep (FA Youth Cup)

    Allied Counties League
  • Bursledon Ladies 1st (HOME)
    Sun 11th Oct, 2:00pm

    Hampshire County Womens Football League
    Last Result:
    Alton Ladies 13 - 0 Meon Milton
    Sun 6th Sep (FA Cup - Extra Prelim.)

    Hampshire County Women's Football League

  • 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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