Alton manager Kevin Adair says his side must start games better after producing another impressive comeback to rescue a 3-3 draw at Cobham in the Combined Counties Premier Division South.
Two weeks ago Alton fell 3-0 behind at Tooting & Mitcham United before producing a stunning comeback to win 4-3.
Adair’s side fell 2-0 and 3-1 behind against Cobham before coming back to earn a point.
Cobham took the lead on 23 minutes through Reis Stanislaus’ header. Derick Hayford made it 2-0 on 45 minutes with a superb finish on the volley.
Luke Perkins pulled a goal back in the 50th minute with a cool finish past home goalkeeper Andrew Westphal, but Patrick Murray made it 3-1 in the 58th minute.
Scott Sanderson broke clear on 73 minutes and clinically dispatched his shot into the corner of the net to make it 3-2.
Substitute Oli Page equalised in the 90th minute with a superb right-foot shot which went in off the far post.
Alton nearly grabbed a stoppage-time winner, but Rob Carr’s header was tipped over the crossbar by Westphal.
“We have got to start games better,” said Adair. “It was another good comeback by the lads but we can’t wait until we are 2-0 down to start playing.
“We conceded the first goal just before the drinks break and were able to address that then, but we then conceded the second goal just before half-time and gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
“We made a couple of changes at half-time to address the problems Cobham were causing us, and that had a positive effect.
“Oli scored a superb equaliser and we nearly won it at the end with Rob’s header, but a draw was probably fair.
“We seem to be a fit side, as we are finishing games strongly and are looking stronger than our opposition at the end of games.
“Unfortunately we’re unable to have a settled side from week-to-week at the moment with injuries and unavailability. We’re scoring goals – which is a real positive – but we need to tighten up at the back.”