Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Bashley v Lymington Town 06/04/19

Bashley 2 Lymington Town 2

With only one point separating these clubs, it was probably predictable that this local derby should finish as a draw but it took a last minute strike from Bashley’s Dan Munday to draw the home side level.

The games between these clubs invariably bring goals but for most of the first period there was evidence that this would not be one of those games. The players found the ball difficult to control on quite a hard pitch and both teams were guilty of launching the ball in the air and hoping that their strikers could capitalise.

The first chance took 11 minutes to fashion when, from a cross by Steve Flynn, Mickey Finch was guilty of a bad miss as he screwed a half volley wide. Shortly after Lymington’s skipper, Tim Stephenson, headed over from a Mike Gosney corner.

Hugh Dathan was causing difficulties down the right for the Lymington defence and it was from his cross on 20 minutes that Dan Munday headed against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down – goal claimed Bashley – but it looked as though the officials made the correct decision in denying their claims. Shortly after Munday had another chance as a Jesse Gould pass split the Lymington defence but the striker was driven wide by keeper Nic Jones and could only shoot into the side netting. It was Bashley again who were guilty of a bad miss as an attempted header by Tony Rolls was fluffed.

Finally the deadlock was broken in the 37th minute from a set piece, as a goalmouth scramble resulted in Luke ANSELL prodding the ball home from close range. H.T. 0-1

Lymington started the 2nd half in the ascendancy as they laid siege to the Bashley goal. After a series of attacks, Mickey Finch had a strong shot beaten away by home keeper, Cameron Plain in the 55th minute. From the resulting Gosney corner there was another scramble which resulted in ANSELL scoring a similar goal to his first. Prior to this game Ansell had scored only 1 goal all season – now this was a further two in the space of 18 minutes.

But there was no time to celebrate as Bashley went straight down the other end to reduce the deficit as MUNDAY rose to head home from close range. Shortly after Munday had another chance to score but he missed the chance to equalise with a poor headed attempt.

It was now Bashley’s chance to dominate but the Lymington defence were well marshalled by Stephenson & Ancell and looked to have done enough to hold onto their single goal lead.

But this did not account for MUNDAY who wasn’t finished yet. In the 89th minute, close to the left corner of the penalty area, there did not appear too much danger but he unleashed a vicious shot that hit the inside of the far post and rebounded into the opposite corner of the goal.

So all finished as it began and probably a fair result. Not a game for the purist but quite exciting nevertheless. F.T. 2-2 (Roger Allen)

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