Playing with only ten against a team that started the season two divisions above Panthers it was always going to be a big ask to get anything out of this game but boy did the players try. Caversham got off to the perfect start with Brad Withers scoring early on but minutes later the teams run of injuries continued when Liam Bowbrick had to come off after being involved in a heavy challenge with one of the Alton players. With only nine to play the remaining 75 minutes it looked like it was just how many Alton would score but Caversham heads never dropped and they pushed Alton all the way with only a goal in it at the final whistle. Every single player was excellent and gave everything they had - falling to the floor exhausted at the end of the match. Struggling with injury himself Kane Bateman scored two and made one - always looking a threat up front. Man of the match though went to stand-in goalkeeper Doug Jones - on loan from the U16 Royals - who despite playing up an age group was outstanding on the day.