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Andover New Street 0 - 0 Alton

Posted: 15.03.20

Alton travelled to second in the table Andover New Street on Saturday and the game between two of the promotion aspirants in Division One ended with honours even.

A game that was enjoyable – but overall a game that largely lacked excitement in front of goal. Chances were in short supply, with both pairs of central defenders missing very little and neither goalkeeper was greatly tested.

The home side were the first to go forward as Alex Dockree steered a long clearance in to Shane Locks path but keeper Steve Douglas was quickly out to clear the danger.

The game was slow to get going before Alton enjoyed a spell of pressure with Jack Fowler’s control letting him down following a cross from Luke Perkins and a dangerous looking cross from Liam Knight well cut out by Matt Scott, with the resulting corner cleared with some difficulty.

At the other end Luke Hooper fastened on to a through ball from Lock but was forced wide and could only find the side netting. The pace of both Fowler and Knight on Alton's flanks was troubling the home defence and Perkins should perhaps have done better when Fowler pulled the ball back in to his path, but the shot was high. Fowler was too straight with another effort before Street fashioned their first real opening.

Lock found Jay Silver on the right and Rafa Ramos met the cross with a downward header that was very well clawed to safety by Douglas. The keeper then held another cross at the second attempt before his counterpart at the other end, Chris Wing, came to the edge of the area to punch a ball clear. There were muted appeals that he was outside the area and his hand may well have been, but his feet were not. The sort of situation with which VAR would have had a field day.

Jake Curtis, an increasing presence in the middle of the Street defence, sent Ramos clear but the striker pulled his shot across the face of the goal and George Bowerman just failed to make contact with an Alton free kick and sustained an injury for his pains The same player was then denied by a superb tackle by Curtis before the last action of the first half saw Perkins make space for himself but his shot was very high and very wide.

It was the home side’s turn to start the better in the second half with a Silver shot blocked and a corner punched clear by Douglas under pressure. New Street then replaced both strikers, Hooper and Ramos, with Reece Rusher and Ben Dillon, Wing left his area to halt another attack and then held a long swirling cross, despite the close attention of two visiting forwards.

More substitutes arrived before some confusion between the Officials nearly created a chance for Alton, The referee, rightly in most eyes, gave a free kick to New Street on the halfway line only for the Assistant to decree it was the other way and with most of the home players out of position, they were rescued by an offside flag.

A poor New Street back pass left Matt Connor clear but he dallied on the ball allowing the defence to recover and there were no takers at the other end when Lock turned a Scott free kick back across goal.

A scoreless draw was looking more and more on the cards with the New Street changes leaving them ostensibly without a target man, and the last Alton attack ended with Phil Moore shooting rather hurriedly wide when he appeared to have far more time.

So, a goalless draw it was. On the day it was a fair result and made little difference for either side as regards the League table.

Mention of referee Ffion Eade, normally an Assistant at this level. She had a good game, two justifiable cautions. The players gave her every chance and can be proud of her performance.

Next up on Tuesday [Coronavirus permitting] is the Russell Cotes Semi Final at home against Lymington Town, then in the league is the journey to third in the table Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday.

Squad;- S.Douglas, J.Phillips, M.Graham, S.Black, B.Wright, S.Evans, J.Fowler, M.Benham, L.Perkins, G.Bowerman, L.Knight
Subs [used] P.Moore, S.Green, M.Connor, [unused] O.Graham

Fixtures & Results

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

    Sydenhams Wessex League: Div 1

    East Cowes Vics (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
  • Paulsgrove (HOME)
    Sat 26th Sep, 3:00pm

    Hampshire Combination League: East Div

    Fleetlands (HOME)
    Sat 3rd Oct, 3:00pm

    Hampshire Combination League: East Div
    Last Result:
    Alton Res. 4 - 1 Hayling United
    Sat 19th Sep (Challenge Cup First Round)

    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
  • Stoneham AFC (HOME)
    Sun 20th Sep, 2:00pm

    FA Cup (Preliminary Rd)
    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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