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Alton 5 - 0 Horley Town

20 Feb 2024

Match report by Dave Hawtin

Alton’s patience and disciplined approach paid off for the second running on Saturday as they eventually won comfortably against visiting Horley.

Alton 5 - 0 Horley Town
Photo: Immy Thompson-Bland

The home side were on top from the start, dominating possession but on two or three occasions in the first half hour the visitors showed their threat by breaking clear. Fortunately the angle of the run at goal did not help the attacker and Mees in the home goal wasn’t tested.

Alton threatened regularly but were thwarted by some good defending and the keeper who dealt with everything thrown at him in the first half.

The visitors task was made even harder on 35 minutes minutes when they were reduced to 10 men. Jamie Phillips was the victim of a very poorly timed, reckless and dangerous challenge that left him with a head injury that would lead to him having to leave the pitch.

The opening goal eventually came on the hour. Jamie Hoppitt with a very clever headed goal from an Oli Kavanagh cross from the right.

Three minutes later and Kavanagh was at it again. Clear on the right his delightful cross found the unmarked Perry Coles who was never going to miss from close range.

The home side were now completely dominant, keeping the ball and running the opposition around the park.

Ross Stepney’s goal on 73 minutes completely sealed the points but there was still time for Pat Cox to finish a lovely spell of keep ball, again scoring from close range and finally Kavanagh strode onto another defence splitting pass to nonchalantly finish past the despairing keeper to complete the 5-0 scoreline.

Alton travel to Epsom & Ewell this Saturday before returning home again next Tuesday, when Badshot Lea will be the visitors to The Exclusive Networks Stadium in the Aldershot Senior Cup. Kick off 7:45pm.

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