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Alton 3 - 0 Whitchurch Utd

Posted: 15.12.19

With this victory the eighth in a row, Alton moved two points clear at the top of the Wessex League Division One, to top a fine week as they had been awarded the Wessex League Division One Club of the month foe November at the beginning of the week.

This game was fourth against seventh in the table and the result reflected the League position but there were perhaps not three goals between the two sides. But there was a difference and a telling one. Whitchurch defended well, competed as equals in midfield but fell away in the final third of the pitch. Apart from one spell in the second half they never seriously threatened the home goal whereas Alton looked dangerous throughout.

The game was slow to get in to its stride though Alton had two early free kicks from dangerous positions; Matt Benham took both, with the first headed wide at the far post by Scott Sanderson and the second collected by the goalkeeper. Good work on the left found Matt Benham and his shot come cross bounced back off the far post with keeper Will Barnett struggling and the follow up by Sanderson was well blocked by a Whitchurch defender. Barnett was then forced to race from his area to head clear before the first scare at the other end saw home keeper Justin Courtnage save at Ryan Long’s feet after confusion with his defence as to who should deal with the through ball.

A dangerous looking home attack was halted by the referee bringing play back some thirty yards to give them a free kick in their own half before the deadlock was broken with the half hour mark in sight. Another Benham free kick was hoisted in to the area from the right touchline, Sanderson headed across goal, Steve Black headed it back and Scott Sanderson’s shot on the turn found the bottom corner. An unnecessary flare up by the dug outs saw a justified yellow card for the visitors’ Aaron Randall and one for the home side’s George Bowerman who appeared to most to be very much the innocent party.

The home side were now monopolising possession with shots from Steve Black and Liam Knight inches too high or wide and Oli Graham’s free header from a corner going the wrong side of the post. Whitchurch were struggling once they reached sight of the home penalty area but would not have been too despondent at a one goal deficit at the break – only to concede a second goal with virtually the last kick of the half. Bowerman’s through ball sent Knight clear though there seemed little certainty he would catch the ball, which was running wide of goal, but Whitchurch keeper, Barnett thought otherwise and raced from his line to comprehensively fell the forward and earn himself a caution and Alton a penalty kick. This was coolly converted by Phil Moore to give Alton a two goal interval lead.

On the re-start Whitchurch started brightly, Long cleverly provided a shooting chance for Nick Yeoman’s with Courtnage at full stretch to save and Lloyd Thompson’s attempted lob, when Courtnage strayed from his line, was not very far away. The visitors, perhaps “stirred” at half time, enjoyed a good spell of possession but without any end result. Long’s persistence took him clear on the right but his inviting cross found a dearth of yellow shirts in the area and there was a carbon copy a couple of minutes later when Thompson produced a similar cross – simply a lack of support. Yeoman’s and Thompson combined neatly with the latter foiled by the legs of Courtnage, but it was Alton who still looked the more dangerous. The ball was worked, rugby style, from left to right to find Black unmarked but the shot was straight at Barnett. The keeper tipped a header from Oli Graham over the bar before Whitchurch broke on the left through Yeoman’s – he may well have been given offside had the Assistant been in line – but the ball was slid past the advancing keeper and the outside of the post.

With thirteen minutes remaining it was in effect game over as the visiting defence for once got their bearings wrong and substitute Luke Perkins had the time and space to beat the advancing Barnett following a through ball from Jack Fowler. Randall, already cautioned, escaped with a warning after a none too clever challenge and with the home side three goals to the good the game drifted to a gentle, and cold, conclusion.

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