ANDOVER NEW STREET 2 – ALTON 4
By Reporter Timothy Bates
Andover New Street lost 4-2 to Alton on Saturday afternoon at home in what was a cracking encounter. Things started very well for the hosts as the charismatic Danny Urry converted a penalty by smashing it into the bottom right hand corner with his trusted right foot.
After their very early lead, Alton clawed their way back into the game when number seven, Perkins, equalised after 26 minutes.
In the second half, Alton took the lead with a well worked goal that left Street goalkeeper, Sean O’Brien stranded. Street weren’t about to give up without a fight and number nine, Denham, sent a strike hurtling into the top corner making things all square at 2-2.
From then onwards, things went downhill for Street. A poor clearance from O’Brien led to a superbly struck first time volley from Alton number nine, Sanderson. His strike thundered into the back of the net.
Sanderson then finished the game off not long afterwards with a header from close range. The unforced errors by Street led to their demise and the game could have been theirs had these errors not happened.
My man of the match this week goes to Street substitution Kai Sterne. As soon as Sterne came on the pitch he was outstanding down the left side with his superb dribbling and hold up play.
Danny Urry also had another very good game. Alton’s number nine, Sanderson, was outstanding and a thorn in Streets side all afternoon.
Street now head to Fawley AFC for a much needed league win.