ANDOVER Town finished their turbulent season on a high thanks to a 2-0 final day win over Alresford.

A first half own goal followed by a second half strike from Reece Rusher sealed the victory at Alrebury Park on Saturday.

The win also secured Town a 13th placed finish in the Wessex League Premier.

Manager Glenn Burnett made three changes from the side that narrowly lost to league leaders Moneyfields in their previous fixture.

Liam Hibberd, Javier Santafe-Vivo, and Aaron Nesbeth all returned to the side, in place of Jack Nicholls, Craig Blakeman and Victor Guiterrez.

Town began the game on the back foot and were forced to dig in deep to defend three consecutive corners early on.

Andover responded with a shot from Santafe-Vivo, which sailed wide, before Rusher forced a good save from Daniel Kempson.

Alresford continued to press, forcing several corners, but could not breach the Andover Town defence.

Town were rewarded for their dogged first-half performance just before the break when Aaron Bloxhall headed a Rusher cross into his own net.

Andover went into half time 1-0 up.

Alresford had several chances to equalise after the break.and hit the post on two occasions.

However Andover continued to defend valiantly.

In the 85th minute, Andover extended their lead when Rusher was put through on goal.

The winger cleverly took the ball wide of the rushing Kempson and slotted home to seal Town's 2-0 victory.

Lloyd Thomas was called into action deep into injury time, tipping a shot over the crossbar to maintain Town's first clean sheet for 17 games.

The win means Andover finish the season on a positive note, following a difficult start to their league campaign.

Town were considered as possible promotion hopefuls this season, but started poorly under new manager John Robson.

With the club fourth from bottom after eight weeks, Robson was replaced in the dugout by current boss Glenn Burnett.

The former Blackfield tactitian managed to steer the club away from the relegation zone with a number of key wins in 2016, coupled with a strong FA cup showing.

However Town's turbulent season continued after the New Year.

An impressive haul of 16 points from 24 across January and February was followed by a run of five consecutive defeats in March.

Despite this, Andover have ended the season strongly, with two wins and a narrow 1-0 loss to leaders Moneyfields this month.