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New Milton Town 2 - 2 Alton

Posted: 01.04.19

Alton finally stopped the rot of twelve defeats when they got a creditable draw at New Milton on Saturday.

They had to come back from a goal down and will in the clod light of day consider themselves unlucky not to have got all three points.

In a fairly even first half New Milton opened the scoring on eight minutes when Medway shot home after the ball was pulled back by the winger.

With the pitch being hard and bobbly making control and passing difficult, Alton struggled to get to grips with the game, Osborne found Black who forced a corner that came to nothing, but allowed New Milton to break at speed and the pitch came into its own as the ball took a nasty bobble and the cross went straight behind.

Carswell forced Petts into a save before Alton forced a chance of their own, Alton won a corner that was taken deep, it was headed back by Sanderson, the keeper half cleared to Graham whose cross found Sanderson again but his header was cleared this time.

Another Matt Graham free kick was cleared before good play on the edge of the New Milton box forced Mayo into a save.

New Milton should have doubled the lead when Jack Cooper beat North but he shot over with only Petts to beat.

Good work by Sanderson and Charlie Osborne saw Osbourne dribble into the box and just as he was about to equalise a New Milton defender got back with a fine goal saving tackle.

Manager Mark Corbett came on at the start of the second half, but it was New Milton who started brighter, forcing a corner and then forcing Petts into a save. Corbett almost made an immediate impact but his cross was somehow turned over the bar by Osborne.

Alton though they had equalised as Jackson played the ball into the box, Corbett got to the ball before the keeper and found Gavin Muir, who controlled and fired home, only for the referee to deem that Corbett had somehow fouled the keeper. This setback just spurred Alton on and the equaliser was not long in coming as Muir ran at his full back and was unceremoniously dumped to the ground in the area.

Matt Graham stepped up and saw his penalty saved but he was able to fire home the rebound.

Alton sensed a winner as first Osbourne had a shot blocked and then Muir forced the keeper to save for a corner. Graham's corner was headed home by George Spiers to give Alton a deserved lead.

Corbett had a fine chance to score again but after being put through by Jackson, he shot over when well placed. Graham took a free kick which was half cleared back to him but he sent his second effort high and wide.

New Milton forced Petts into a flying save, before Corbett chased a ball back to the keeper and the ball bounced off him but rolled agonisingly wide.

Alton soft centre came back to haunt them though as they allowed Radford to run in from the left wing, his pass found Carswell whose shot from the edge of the area beat Petts for the equaliser.

And so Alton had to settle for their first point of 2019. Next up is table topping Amesbury Town as they visit The Enclosure next weeeknd.

Fixtures & Results

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    First Team Fixtures & Results 2019-20
    Last Result:
    Andover New Street 0 - 0 Alton
    Sat 14th Mar

    Sydenhams Wessex League

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    Last Result:
    Alton Res. 9 - 2 Clanfield
    Sat 14th Mar

    Wyvern Combination League

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    Last Result:
    Alton Youth 1 - 4 Fleet Spurs
    Thu 5th Mar

    Allied Counties League

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    Last Result:
    Eastleigh 7 - 3 Alton Ladies
    Sun 1st Mar

    Southern Region Women's Football League: First Division - Southern

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