Alton manager Kevin Adair was left bemoaning his side’s bad luck after the floodlights went out on their Aldershot Senior Cup tie at Frimley Green on Tuesday night.

The Brewers took the lead in the first minute through George Bowerman, who then doubled his and Alton’s tally on 19 minutes.

However, the floodlights then went out and the match had to be abandoned.

“We’re just not getting the rub of the green,” said Adair.

“We were 2-0 up but it could have been three or four, and then the lights go out. We’ve come through some tough fixtures and got more points than people expected. We’re now coming into a crucial run of games and it looked like we were off to the perfect start.”

Alton’s Frimley frustration came after the Brewers twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Colliers Wood United in the Combined Counties Premier Division South on Saturday afternoon.

Adair fielded five players aged 18 or younger in his starting 11 on Saturday – Lewis Mees, Archie Larkham, George Winkworth, George Earwicker and Trevor Caborn – and hailed the character of his side.

Goals from Caborn and Scott Sanderson earned the Brewers a share of the spoils, although Siph Mdlalose’s late penalty was saved to deny Alton all three points.

“Saturday pretty much sums up where we are as a club as it was a rollercoaster of ups and downs,” said Adair. “The Jekyll and Hyde nature of our side can be seen even in a 30-minute spell.

“However, for the past six weeks, with the exception of the Badshot Lea game, we have been a lot better.

“The players showed great character to come back twice to get a point.”

Adair was proud of the youthful makeup of his side, and feels Alton have a reputation as a club who give young players opportunities.

“We give young players a chance,” he said. “I had experienced players on the bench, so I wasn’t playing the youngsters because I had to – they had earned the right to play.”