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Alton 4 - 3 Army U23

Posted: 30.01.20

Match report thanks to John Gorman.

It was the Army U23s that made the better start with the ball in the net inside the opening three minutes but the offside flag was already raised.

Liam Knight, on the home side’s left flank, provided a cross from which Scott Sanderson hit the side netting and was then stopped by a well timed tackle from full back Robottam who looked a class act all evening.

Both sides had trouble with the offside flag and Justin Courtnage in the Alton goal had to leave his area rapidly to thwart an Army attack before the game was halted by a lengthy conversation by the dugouts involving all three Officials and the respective Managers, the outcome of which was one Assistant going off, presumably injured, and the visiting Physio taking over the flag.

An Alton free kick in a dangerous position was well held by the goalkeeper and a Knight cross headed over his own bar by a defender but generally there was a lack of action in both goalmouths and it was thirty minutes before the first goal of the evening with the home side taking the lead.

Full back Matt Graham played the ball down the inside left channel and GEORGE BOWERMAN fired across the keeper and inside the far post. This caused the “London Bus Syndrome” to come in to play as having waited thirty minutes for a goal we then had three in the space of ten minutes.

The second was the best of the trio with Knight bending a cross away from the goalkeeper and SCOTT SANDERSON’S header finding the corner of the net and the same player added the third when goalkeeper Vasper rather flapped at a cross and the striker steered the loose ball through a crowded area.

There was still time for Oli Graham to see his free kick rebound back in to play off the crossbar before all sought the warmth of the dressing rooms and clubhouse for the halftime break.

One can only assume that the visitors were given an Army style talking to during the interval for they were a different proposition with the front pairing of Hicking and Hynd, invisible in the first half, suddenly causing problems.

As an aside the Army wore red shirts and long white shorts and Hynd, far from the tallest on the pitch, had shorts that would have almost passed muster as cricket flannels.

Hicking was inches wide from thirty yards and Courtnage foiled Donnachie with his legs at the end of a smart move before the pressure was rewarded with a goal after twelve minutes.

A long cross from the right was headed back across goal by Higgins and the second header from HICKING found the back of the net. The striker had two further efforts blocked before a second goal just six minutes after the first.

A very long clearance found DONNACHIE seemingly alone in the area and his header looped over Courtnage who should have perhaps got to the ball first. The home defence claimed offside but the ball had travelled a long way.

As in the first half three goals came very quickly with a free kick from the halfway line being acrobatically volleyed past Courtnage by DONNACHIE to bring the scores level with the half still to reach its midway point.

Vasper twice dropped free kicks and was awarded a free kick each time but did well to turn a fierce drive from Matt Benham over the bar before a brave decision by the referee.

A good Army move ended with the ball being turned in to the net at the far post, there was no flag but the referee ruled it offside.

Time was running out with the worry of extra time given that the temperature had dropped to a level that had caused any Brass Monkeys to have long since left for home, when Alton claimed the winner just two minutes from time. They won a free kick out by the left corner flag. The free kick was taken by Matt Benham and his cross/shot evaded everyone and the ball finished inside the far post for what turned out to be the winning goal and Matt’s first goal for the club, and sent Alton in to the last eight of the competition, where we will be away to Ash United.

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