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Alton 5 - 1 Andover Town

Posted: 14.09.20
Alton 5 - 1 Andover Town

Match Report by John Gorman

Both sides started the afternoon with one hundred per cent records – albeit having only played one game – and it was the home side who maintained their record, and in some style, with an ultimately convincing victory.

In bright sunshine and under blue skies the game took a while to get going with the only initial moment of note coming when visiting goalkeeper Dease Kerrison had to come a long way out of his area to clear a through ball. Eventually, on thirteen minutes, Alton fashioned the first chance when George Bowerman chested the ball in to Richie Hunter’s path but the shot was both high and a little wayward. Billy Wright sent Hunter clear on the right with the cross blocked and as the home side enjoyed a spell of pressure, they wasted a free kick in a dangerous position with a rather scuffed effort that was well wide.

Josh Bertie relieved that pressure with a shot that was straight at home keeper Keiron Greene and at the other end a free kick from Matt Graham’s trusty left foot was well held by Kerrison in a crowded area. Hunter was just wide from another Bowerman cross before, against the run of play, Andover took the lead. A long free kick in to the area from the left touchline somehow found its way in to the net with full back Liam Hammond, who took the kick, receiving the congratulations though it was subsequently credited as an own goal. To the dismay of the visitors the lead lasted barely sixty seconds as they failed to deal with a bouncing ball which Scott SANDERSON deftly controlled and fired past Kerrison. These two goals came around the thirty-minute mark and within a further five minutes the home side were ahead with a goal of real quality. A high cross from the right was palmed away by Kerrison to the right of his goal only for SANDERSON to strike the sweetest of volleys on the half turn back across the keeper and high in to the net, If Alton have an award for goal of the season that is an early contender.

The home side continued to press with Bowerman denied by Kerrison’s legs before the keeper was down quickly to cling on to a Hunter effort. Two became three as the watch hovered around forty-five minutes and there seemed no danger as a low cross field ball reached SANDERSON some twenty yards from goal, The Alton stalwart had other ideas however and his first-time strike flew low in to the corner of the net. First half hat trick to add to his numerous debates with referee White when decisions were not to his liking.

HT 3-1

The second half started with two cautions in as many minutes for the respective number threes. The referee pointed out to Hammond that this was not the first such challenge he had made while Graham went into the book for bringing down Bertie in full flight with the ball not very close to hand. Understandably perhaps the home side were now on top and a third caution followed – one that left the referee little option and the sort that must turn Managers hair grey. Andover’s Zac Hine thought a corner should have been a goal kick -though he would have found few in agreement – and picked the ball up before petulantly kicking it out of the ground. Bowerman was high at one end and Bertie had a shot saved at the other before Greene received a second warning for time wasting. Matt Bneham had a chance but his shot hit the post when it looked easier to score.

To their credit Andover were still battling but could make no impression in the final third whilst their defence never looked comfortable, especially in the middle. The statutory substitutes came and went and the game was meandering towards the close when Alton produced another quality goal. The Andover defence, as they had been prone to do all afternoon, stood off and Matt Benham’s effort from some twenty yards left the valiant Kerrison clutching fresh air.

With four in the bag there was still time for Alton to go nap and again the defence was at fault as nobody moved to meet a low cross and substitute Chris Horton tucked the ball past the unprotected goalkeeper. Still time for the first sin bin seen this season – though not time to serve the entire ten minutes - and the last kick of the game saw a defiant strike from the visitors Ben Emans saved at full stretch by Greene.

That is two out of two for Alton with nine goals scored and whilst Andover may feel that they were a little hard done by with the score line, their defending on the day cost them dearly.

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