Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Lymington Town v Team Solent 13/10/18

Lymington Town 1  Team Solent 4

TEAM SOLENT picked up their first Wessex Premier win of the season with a 4-1 success at Lymington, their fourth victory in five visits to the Sports Ground.

The teams were locked at 1-1 moving into the latter stages when a quickfire three-goal salvo by Ethan Taylor (to add to another goal in the first half) did the damage against a much-changed home side.

Town keeper Newman produced an early save after Solent skipper Penny’s fine pass attempted to put Kasimu behind the Town defensive lines. The keeper collected an early booking for bringing down Kasimu just outside the box and Penny’s well flighted free-kick came off the underside of the bar. Solent went in front on 20 minutes when some slick passing between Penny and Kasimu produced an opening for Taylor who slotted past Newman and into the far corner. This prompted a reaction from the home side but efforts by Ross, King and Gosney were off the mark whilst Kasimu ran across the home box but shot wide. Town’s Cross popped up at both ends, first clearing off the line after Taylor’s corner was met by a glancing Kasimu header and he instantly appeared in the other penalty area but headed wide. With the unusually warm weather the half often felt like an end of season game between two mid-table sides at times, but it was Solent who held the interval advantage. HT: 0-1.

Good play down the left by Solent’s Bennett produced a chance for Taylor whose snapshot went over. Lymington levelled when the ball was played down the right and, with Londors semi-committed, Willett played it inside and presented a tap in for King. Kasimu went down under a heavy challenge in the home box but the ref didn’t consider it to be unfair and a good Taylor run produced a shot into the side netting. Solent sub Obeng created a further chance for Taylor but his effort was well blocked. Willett headed off the underside of the Solent bar, the ball came back to him and he would have been disappointed to have directed the follow up header over. With eight minutes remaining Solent edged back in front when Bennett’s pass found Taylor who neatly finished. Obeng controlled well but his firm strike was straight at Newman. Bennett had a chance but tried to place his shot, Newman making the save. Taylor [pen] was fouled as he weaved his way into the box and took the spot-kick himself, sending Newman the wrong way to complete his hat-trick. Taylor’s fourth goal was a fine effort, collecting the ball just inside his own half the Solent forward ran through the middle and finished with a clever dinked shot past the keeper. There was a further opportunity in stoppage time as Eaton found sub Demunga but his effort brought a further save from Newman. FT: 1-4.

It was a poor final period of the game for Town and Solent took full advantage. The goals were Taylor’s first in the league this season but he’s now in double figures in all competitions. The victory takes Solent off the ‘Aunt Sally’ spot in the ladder and should give them the confidence to look ahead to the hard work that’s still needed if they are to move into a safer mid-table position. [Gary Day]