AMESBURY Town slumped to an eventual 4-2 defeat away at Alton, with the Blues’ recent resurgence continuing to grow before being limited in the second half.

Four goals for the home side in the final half-hour of play completely reversed Amesbury’s narrow half-time lead of 1-0, with Martin Buckland opening scores with a long-range blast.

Oli Graham responded after the hour mark with a free-kick from distance, before the away side regained the lead just two minutes later.

Josh Carey converted after being played in with an over-the-top ball, but any joy was short lived as the hosts again restored parity through a Graham set-piece.

After Jamie Phillips was brought down in the area, Graham stepped up to fire home a penalty and set-up a grandstand finish with 15 minutes remaining.

Substitute Luke Perkins handed Alton the lead for the first after 82 minutes of action, before George Bowerman made sure of the result with two minutes remaining by converting a loose ball in the box.

Whilst unable to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign, it is the first time since August Amesbury have managed to score twice in successive fixtures.

The Blues remain bottom with nine points from 31 games, 14 adrift of Christchurch who occupy the final safe spot.