Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Lymington Town v Hamble Club 09/02/19

Lymington Town 2 Hamble Club 2

This was the proverbial game of two halves with the away side making most of the running in the first period and going into half time with a useful lead. To their credit Lymington bounced back in the second half and in the end a draw was a fair result.

In the early stages Callum Kitcher, Liam Crook and Nathan Lynch all had chances to give Hamble the lead, testing Nick Jones in the home goal. In the 25th minute substitute Charlie Wagstaffe was just wide but the merited goal was not long delayed with a smart piece of play. Crook fed Lynch who was allowed to turn and supply a low cross to the near post where CROOK had continued his run to turn the ball into the net.

New signing Mike Finch had Lymington’s first real chance on the half hour but shot just wide. However 3 minutes later Hamble were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Lewis Ross was adjudged to have handled the ball which had bounced up awkwardly onto his raised hand. Nathan LYNCH took the kick and sent a powerful low shot to the keeper’s left.

The half ended when Lymington’s other new signing, the hard working Steve Flynn, shot just wide. HT 0-2

All the early running in the second half was made by Lymington. Just before the hour mark Mike Gosney had a shot scrambled away by keeper Rory Anderson at the expense of a corner. Gosney took the kick and Anderson was forced to make a spectacular save from a Flynn header. However the ball was not cleared and it eventually ended in the net. There were so many players in the vicinity of the ball that it was impossible to tell who had scored but the common consensus was it was an OWN GOAL.

Anderson came to Hamble’s rescue in the next few minutes when he made two smart saves from Finch with his feet and at the other end Jake Newton grazed the Lymington bar with a powerful shot.

But the pressure from the home side was building as Lewis Harvey shot just over and the equaliser came with 3 minutes of normal time left. Lymington were awarded a free kick around 30 yards out which was taken by GOSNEY. His low shot went straight through a crowd of players and Lymington were able to rescue something from a game that looked lost at half time. FT 2-2 (Roger Allen)