Like many management teams at Wessex League Premier Division level, Alton were once again forced to shuffle the pack.
But it was a measure of manager Kev Adair, his off-field team and his squad of players, that they more than competed on a lovely afternoon down on the coast in Portsmouth.
Adair’s group continue to grow and the team ethic and camaraderie is evident with senior players changing position and committing fully to ensure the likes of young Toby Fuller can slot in a more comfortable position.
Playing with the slight slope, Alton settled well into the game.
Matt Benham shot over from 18 yards when well placed, and Ollie Graham did well to connect with a deep cross to the back post and get his effort on target.
But his effort was smothered by the home keeper .
Alton were tenacious around the park and restricted the home side to pot shots from distance that did not trouble Glen Andrews in goal, while constantly maintaining a threat with a front four of Benham, Fowler, Carr and Perkins.
Expecting a reaction from the home side in the second half, the visitors continued to restrict and frustrate them with a good defensive discipline and shape.
As the game went into the later stages, Baffins went in search of goals and left themselves vulnerable out wide.
Alton added Liam Knight with 20 minutes to go to offer more pace and slowly but surely the visitors wrestled territory from Baffins.
With the large away following probably settling for a really good away point, Alton were in the ascendancy, gaining three corners one after the other as the home side struggled to clear their lines.
When Matt Benham delivered the third of them, Rob Carr did well to steer the ball into the top corner from fully 15 yards out.
In the ensuing desperation of the home side, Alton quickly regained possession and drove forward in good numbers down the right, worked the ball to Knight on the edge of the box and he shot across the keeper into the corner to secure the points.