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Alton 1 - 3 Newport (IoW)

Posted: 06.01.20

Alton's ten game unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Newport on Saturday as the Brewers succumbed to defeat for the first time since the middle of October.

Alton didn't help themselves by conceding a sloppy goal within two minutes of the start. Newport's Lamb crossed the ball towards the edge of the box, Cousins got in front of Matt Graham to head goalward, rather fortuisoly the ball hit Jordan Browne on the back, and with Courtnage and Moore expecting the other to react it was Browne who reacted quickest to poke the ball home.

It was a lead that Newport were prepared to defend by whatever means and with their keeper in fine form, it became a frustrating day for Alton.

The goal woke Alton up and Richie Hunter headed Matt Grahams cross over the bar, a shot by Newport was only have saved by Courtnage, but their was no one from Newport reacting to the loose ball.

From a Newport free kick, Alton broke down the right, but Perkins cross was to close to the keeper and Streeter collected.

Perkins was fouled and from the resulting free kick Phil Moore headed wide. Alton were now on the front foot and cutting through the Newport midfield at will, but all too often the final ball lacked conviction or was intercepted by a Newport defender.

Oli Graham shot wide from a Steve Black corner, Streeter was called into action when he tipped a Liam Knight pile driver over the bar, before Perkins got in behind his defender and he crashed his shot against the bar, and unfortunalty for Alton, Knight was unable to keep the rebound down and shot over the bar.

A Liam Knight cross was sliced backwards by a defender and Streeter did well to get back and tip over as it looked like the ball would drop into the far corner. Newport cleared the corner to take their lead into halftime.

Newport started brightly in the second half, but eventually Alton took over. Oil Grahams free kick was straight at the keeper, before Alton made a double change with Fowler & Sanderson replacing Black & Hunter.

Phil Moore had two headed chances within minutes, first his header from Benham's cross was saved for a corner and then from the corner Streeter collected.

A fine run into the box by Sanderson, forced Streeter to concede another corner. Moore's header was again saved. Sanderson was fouled on the edge of the area, but the free kick went wide. Streeter somehow saved Sanderson's header as he headed back across goal towards the top corner, but Streeter got across and saved for another corner.

Rather against the run of play Newport scored their second. The ball fell to Reynolds wide on Alton's left, he got passed Graham and ran towards the goal, and his shot beat Courtnage at the near post.

The goal deflated Alton and Newport enjoyed a period of possession, without threatening a third. Alton thought they should have had a penalty as Perkins was fouled on the edge of the area by Streeter, Perkins fell outside the area, but Streeter remained inside, however to everyone's amazement the referee awarded a free kick a yard outside the box.

With Perkins becoming more influential he thought he had pulled a goal back. He cut inside from the left was fouled and as he shot goal wards the referee blew for a free kick, the ball beat Streeter who had gone full length but couldn't keep it out, but an advantage had been denied.

From the free kick Streeter produced a double save as he saved Benham's free kick and was alert to save Bowerman's follow up shot. Another block by Streeter from an Oli Graham header, drew more frustration, before Bowerman wriggled into the box as time was running out, he was upended and Phil Moore made no mistake from the spot to give Alton hope of clawing back a draw.

But it was not to be as with Alton pressing forward Wright broke free and gave Courtnage no chance to restore Newport's two goal advantage.

So the run comes to an end, Alton will be looking to bounce back as they head to league leaders US Portsmouth next Saturday.

Midfielder Matt Benham was awarded the Alton Man of the Match by match sponsors Scott 2 Go.

Squad: J.Courtnage, J.Phillips, M.Graham, O.Graham, P.Moore, S.Evans, S. Black, M.Benham, L.Perkins, L.Knight, R. Hunter
Subs[used] J.Fowler, S.Sanderson, G.Bowerman [unused] S.Douglas, J.Bicknell

Man of the Match, Matt Benham
Man of the Match, Matt Benham, presented by Match Sponsors, Scott 2 Go

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