30 Sep 2023
Match report by Dave Hawtin
A thoroughly deserved three points for Alton on Saturday afternoon at Guildford.
A game affected by a strong wind blowing from end to end and a cut on the grass that was long enough to hinder and slow the roll of the ball.A sluggish start by the visitors looked concerning but after Matt Graham converted a penalty won by Scott Sanderson on 15 minutes they took a stranglehold of the game and ensured the home side were restricted to one really decent chance in the rest of the half, whilst not creating too much themselves going into the interval. If there were a lack of chances in the first half then the tone was set from the start of the second. Louis Russell latched to a short back pass rounded the stranded keeper and like all of us was amazed that a defender somehow got back and cleared off of the line. Now dominating, a couple of other chances went begging before a second goal on 66 minutes gave them some breathing space. Scott Sanderson finishing from close range after the home side were cut open and Oli Page rolled a ball across the six yard box for a very simple finish. On 82 minutes another break of the defensive line down the right by Jamie Hoppitt also saw him cutting the ball back for another simple tap in but this time a retreating defender got there first and he himself scuffed the ball into his own net. Blustery day, difficult pitch for both sides and a valuable three points for the visitors.
Another away game this Saturday for Alton, when we travel to Abbey Rangers. We then return home to The Exclusive Networks Stadium on Saturday 14th October when Redhill will be the visitors.