The Robins season opened up with visitors Alton taking the points with some good finishing at the Nest on Saturday.
There were some positives in Jody Rivers men’s performance against a very resolute outfit that soaked up pressure and played the area’s well on the counter.
Opening day results can often tell us little except that the Robins probably have faced one of the best sides early doors and that can often be for the greater good over the season.
Ben Starr had an early chance when played in by Sam Howe yet fired wide as the first half meandered out with no score at half time.
Rivers and the majority of the crowd were buoyed when Moseley got inside the box to lash the ball past Kieron Green to give the Robins the lead.
Alton had other ideas and substitute Liam Knight shrugged off a challenge to level after 53 minutes. Four minutes later Luke Perkins had scored a similar goal to put the Hampshire outfit ahead.
Perkins almost identical finish in the 67th minute to beat Ernie Osei virtually sealing the deal and all but taking the points back to across the border.
Downton’s response was a piledriver from Lee Vint bringing a superb save from Green to deny the former Verwood Town striker as the Robins tried to retrieve some ground.
George Bowerman’s cool finish five minutes from time completing the afternoons work and he deserved a goal. Alton simply worked out where they could find area’s and did this effectively.
News filtered through that next week’s opponents East Cowes Victoria had lost 3-1 down the road at Ringwood Town and the message is simple. Go again.
Robins– Osei, Clarke, Howe, McGregor, Smith, Gulliver, Starr, Wolfarth, Vint, Moseley, Fowles, Telfer,
Subs – Waters, Tyson, Wotton, Stevens
Alton – K.Green, Wright, M. Graham, Dryden, Moore, S.Green, Connor, Hunter, Bowerman, Benham, Perkins
Subs – O.Graham, E.Knight, L.Knight, Black, Gill.
Booked – S.Green, Hunter (Alton)