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Match Report: Fareham Town 1 - 2 Alton

Posted: 19.09.21


Battling Brewers Secure Victory in the September Sunshine.

Alton FC's away game to Fareham on 18th September resulted in the Brewers snatching all three league points with a Richie Hunter goal late in the game.

Alton went into half time 1 - 0 up courtesy of a headed goal by Ed Dryden and although Fareham made it all square on 75 mins, it was a great result for Alton at full time.

Notable moments in the game...

Andy Coulson and Liam Flanighan were given starts for the first time this season, in an attacking line up that was looking to bounce back from the trip to IOW and a late Tuesday night.

Early in the first half Rob Carr was causing problems on the righthand side when he was fouled on the edge of the area, and yellow card to Fareham No.3. This free kick was headed away which immediately allowed Fareham to break on the counter attack.

It was Rob Carr again creating problems as some good link up play from Andy Coulson and Liam Knight allowed the opportunity for Rob Carr to sprint ahead of the defence and get to the ball before the out-rushing keeper only to have his lobbed shot cleared off the line on 24 mins.

Although Fareham enjoyed plenty of possession Alton scored via a corner to the far post and it was Ed Dryden who headed the whipped in ball to take the lead.

Alton’s midfield and defence working hard to limit Fareham’s attacking threat saw the referee hand out yellow cards for both sides in a variety of tough physical battles for the ball.

At the other end, Kieron Greene was forced in to making some important saves from long range shots and plenty of corners as Fareham worked hard to try and find an equaliser before half time.

The first half was nearing the end when a Fareham freekick outside the box was sent over the bar.

HT 0-1

The game continued in the same way as with Fareham pushing hard to get on the score sheet, especially with some good play from their number 7 creating crosses that were either dealt with by the Alton defence or were unable to find the Fareham forwards at the vital moments.

On 55 mins Fareham had a good chance blocked well by Liam Flanighan.

Fareham were still very much in the game but able to make any of their corners count.

A long ball forward from Ed Dryden found Rob Carr who pulled shot wide of the goal.

Then a decision from the ref to award a foul against Richie Hunter seemed a bit harsh, as it seemed as though the Alton player was too strong and came away with the ball. Unfortunately it was from this free kick that Fareham swung the ball into nomansland with neither the defence or the goal keeper reacting in time or able to challenge for the ball and Fareham scored at the far post.

There was more drama and excitement as Fareham players argued with the linesman about potential offsides. Another chance for Fareham during a scramble in the penalty area and the ball bounced off the post and back into Kieron's arms.

There was also a yellow card for hand ball outside the box when Liam Flanighan was seen to have handled it, but the Alton wall stood strong as the free kick hit and deflected out for another corner.

Late into the game and a long ball forward up to Ben May (Off the bench in a centre forward role) who was able to chase it down and bring other Alton players in support, the ball was moved around quickly between I think Dylan Riley, Matt Benham and maybe even Oli Page before being teed up for Richie Hunter to strike a perfect curling shot into the far corner of the net.

A great all round team effort with plenty of work and desire, none more so than Steve Black whose energy levels on a very hot day, kept Fareham frustrated. His experience and fitness were was called upon on a number of occasions to track back midfield runners and make vital interceptions. In fact one travelling Alton Supporter, Rob Winzar, voted Blackie Man of the match.

Well done lads, a fantastic result. Now a quick return to do it all again in 3 days time, Tues 21st Sept... Next fixture: Fareham, away in the Hampshire Senior Cup 2nd Round.


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