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Second half goals keep Andover Town on top of the table
Andover Town 3 Fleet Spurs 0.
Andover Town kept up the pace at the top of the Wessex League Division One following their victory over Fleet Spurs at the Portway on Saturday.
Despite the continuing poor weather the pitch was in excellent condition and the crowd of around 130 witnessed the club’s first double, confirmed by three second half goals.
The first half was a lacklustre affair where Town were rarely troubled although Michael Dixon and Tom Riddell did not look as they would add to the 24 goals they have racked up between them so far.
Boss Neil Benson rested son Lewis and Jordan O’Donnell and Ike Robertson was given a start in the midfield and was faultless in front of man of the match Lloyd Foot and keeper Michael Weatherall, who had to deal with one shot all game.
Cole Hinchcliffe headed wide from a corner early on then had another effort cleared off the line before in quick succession Riddell, Dixcon and Oli Yates all wasted chances.
Ten minutes from the break Claudio Herbert’s cross found Riddell but Spurs’ keeper Jamie Cunningham denied him with a fine save after seeing the ball late.
Just before the break Cunningham again excelled when keeping out a Herbert effort and Spurs went in to the break surprising many with the 0-0 scoreline.
It didn’t take long for that to change as from the restart Dixon and Riddell played a perfect 1-2 with Riddell rifling home the opener before the visitors had touched the ball.
Two minutes later the impressive Lewis Alderman and Bradley Benson combined before the latter’s low and perfect cross was dummied by Robertson for Dixon to double the tally.
Town and the crowd relaxed and just before the hour the points were safe when Cuningham fumbled a poor headed back pass and Yates was left with a tap in.
Benson then gave Ope Aromona a run along with Ed Chappe and the U18 star showed what a fine prospect he is in the time remaining.
Spurs’ defender Doug Clarke cleared a Riddell effort off the line late on but by the then the game was safe.
Team: Michael Weatherall, Lewis Alderman, Brad Benson, Alex Dockree, Lloyd Foot, Claudio Herbert, Cole Hinchcliffe, Ike Robertson, Michael Dixon, Tom Riddell, Oli Yates. Used subs: Ope Aromona, Ed Chappe.
More from Andover Town with pictures in Friday's Advertiser