ALTON collected three welcome points with a 3-0 home win over Hythe & Dibden in the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division last Saturday (October 30).
Two goals in the first 16 minutes of the game calmed the nerves of the home side.
Ed Dryden opened the scoring in the third minute, coming in from Rob Carr’s right corner.
The start allowed the Brewers to dominate the ball and the territory and in the 16th minute they increased their lead.
Another corner from the right confused the visitors’ defense, who failed to clear the ball properly.
Matt Benham recycled the ball into the danger zone, where an alert Oli Page was able to bring the ball home ten yards.
The match then calmed down and Hythe resumed his way into the match but was unable to threaten the home side’s goal, where debutant Joe Choularton seemed confident and at ease in his handling and distribution of the ball.
The Brewers might well have put the game out of reach before half-time, but George Bowerman failed to convert a delicious Rob Carr cross and headed right next to it.
A few minutes later, Liam Knight came forward, having cut a pass, and cut Bowerman over it.
Bowerman was in a running race with a great defender and after making his way to the front the defender recovered just enough to ensure that under pressure the ball just cut off the top of the bar. transverse and go over it.
The second half continued as the first ended, as Alton searched and pushed for the third goal which would likely end the game.
To their credit, the visitors weren’t going to just turn around and make the home team work for their winnings.
Benham looked like a threat whenever he was on the ball just behind forwards, steadily dividing the visitors’ defense throughout the game with precise passes.
From one of them, Bowerman forced a superb save from the Hythe keeper, who pushed his left-footed shot into the woodwork and moved away for a corner.
The third goal came in the 75th minute. Inevitably, it was Benham who threaded the ball over to Carr, who broke free and buried his shot in the net in front of the oncoming keeper.
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