2:24pm Tuesday 8th October 2013
A well taken hat-trick from centre-half Lloyd Foot was more than enough for Andover Town to collect three points and go clear at the top of the Wessex League Division One from their trip to East Cowes Vics on Saturday writes Graham Cousins.
Neil Benson’s squad has produced better performances this season as they gave the ball away too often and against stronger opposition might have struggled.
Town were without the unwell Michael Dixon but gave debuts to Alex Dockree, signed from Whitchurch United, and Saints Elite player Jamal Branker.
A feature of their games has been their ability to score early on and against East Cowes it took just eight minutes as from two Claudio Herbert corners, the second was firmly nodded home by Foot.
With too much action in the middle third and despite Town’s errors the home side rarely threatened and it was no surprise when they increased their lead when Foot lashed home a 20 yard free-kick in off a post.
Vics did not have a shot in the first half but came out after the break in attack mode and Josh Appell and Joe Adams had good chances as Vics enjoyed their best spell and it ended with captain Wayne Newnham making it 2-1.
Tom Riddell deserved better when he turned two men before firing just over but Town plugged away and with ten minutes left Herbert was brought down in the box and Foot completed his hat-trick from the spot.
Sub Jason Ince completed his side’s misery late on when he was sent off for kicking Lewis Benson.
More from Andover Town in Friday's Advertiser and here tomorrow night after the Hants Senior Cup tie at Brockenhurst
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