Alton continued there impressive run of results with a hard fought victory at Hayling, Saturday. This has moved them up to second in the table although they have played more games than other sides around them.
With Charlie Long not fit to start Alton re shuffled the side just before kick off, although this did not seem to affect them as they started well retaining the ball on a difficult playing surface. The home side struggled to get the ball from the visitors as they moved the ball quickly and with purpose, this was driven by the midfield partnership of Moore and Johnston. The first chance fell to Alton, with youth team striker Luke Perkins continuing his good form, but he blasted over after 10 mins from 15 yards. The next move saw Grennars over lapping on the right wing only to see his shot saved by the home keeper. Alton deservedly took the lead and got the goal there great play had warranted on 25 mins, when Luke Perkins fired in on the half volley from the angle of the six yard box. This fired the home side into life, and with the wind behind them they tested Moody in the Alton goal. The next five minutes saw Hayling rattle the bar twice in quick succession, the first after a save from the visitors keeper from point blank range. The next a long range effort from fully 25 yards which had everybody beaten and thankfully crashed against the bar. Alton regained their composure and finished the half stronger with the final chance falling to Evans who fired wide whilst well placed.
The second half started with the home side forcing the pace, and Alton found it more difficult to keep hold of the ball. This said the visitors kept there discipline and continually got men behind the ball when needed, with the back four of Haigh, Brewster, Winslade, Grenham & keeper Moody all performing well. The visitors rode there luck a bit with a number of balls fizzing across the box with no final touch. Then the decisive second goal came after 75 mins when Evans broke through from a ball from Moore, he OUT PACED the defender and with a final heavy touch tempted the keeper out and with a deft touch (toe punt) he slipped the ball home. Alton had made changes and with Charlie Long, Henry Fox and Aaron Creswell all coming on and helping complete and see the game out. Alton managed claim the three points and keep a well earned clean sheet.
Moody, Grenham (Long 65mins), Haigh, Brewster, Winslade, Johnston Capt, Moore, Jones, Booker(Fox 70mins), Perkins, Tigere, (Creswell 80mins).