Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v Lymington Town 19/01/19

Christchurch 2 Lymington Town 0

With both sides failing to register a win since before Christmas, points were vital in this local derby and the match got off to a lively start with Christchurch dominating the early play.

Both sides survived early scares when Ash Pope went close for Priory and then their defence survived a desperate goalmouth scramble at the expense of a corner. Before the quarter hour Pope had dragged a shot wide and then forced Nick Jones in the Lymington goal to make a save at the second attempt.

Tom Cooper, Pope and Max Willcock forced further saves from Jones as the home side continued to have the balance of possession. Although Lymington had plenty of the ball, they struggled to penetrate the Christchurch defence where captain, Kieran Douglas, was outstanding. In fact at the end of the game, Max Frampton in the home goal had the cleanest kit having hardly a save to make. HT 0-0

Once again Christchurch started quickly in the second period and an early injury to Jones did not hamper him in making a fine save from Pope. However in the 53rd minute Christchurch finally took the lead. Lucas Murrain fell awkwardly under a challenge from keeper Jones and the referee awarded a hotly disputed penalty. POPE stepped up and scored low to Jones’ left.

Lymington survived another scare shortly afterwards when Brad Magookin was woefully short with a back pass which was pounced on by Willcock. He set up Murrain who managed to scoop the ball over from 4 yards.

However the second goal was not long in coming in the 67th minute. WILLCOCK again picked up the ball on the left but this time he cut in and shot low across Jones into the far corner. Shortly after Willcock was denied a second goal by Jones from a similar position.

Again Lymington were finding it had to penetrate the Priory defence though Mike Gosney was just over with a speculative shot then just cleared the corner of post and bar with a free kick in the final moments.

So these 3 points take Christchurch level on points with Lymington albeit that they have played 3 games more. It doesn’t get easier for Lymington with Portland visiting on Tuesday whilst Christchurch will hope for more points from the visit of Fareham to Hurn Bridge on the same night. (Roger Allen)