Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Ringwood Town v New Milton Town 02/02/19

Ringwood Town 2 New Milton Town 1

AN entertaining First Division encounter played in the sun on a superbly prepared surface- a marvel given the atrocious weather experienced over the last few days, but it was cold, very cold once the sun dropped to the horizon.

A brisk start saw Ringwood take an early lead, but not as simple as it sounds. The ball came in from the left flank from Jamie Kemp, and a bit of a mix up saw James Mayo fail to collect the delivery and at the second attempt Lee VINT headed home from barely a foot after his initial effort came back off the crossbar under pressure from a Linnets defender.

Both sides had opportunities to add to the score line and the visitors wasted a couple of free kicks when well placed, and believed they were back on an even keel on 18 minutes when Patrick Wilson’s effort was ruled out for offside. It was an even contest but no more goals in the opening period. HT 1-0

Five minutes after the resumption, it was another goal ruled out for offside when Harrison Clark’s effort for the hosts was chalked off. After a spell of pressure from New Milton towards the end of the first period, it was now Ringwood’s turn to look to extend the lead. With 68 minutes on the clock they did so. VINT again in target after bringing the ball down around the edge of the penalty area and firing beyond Mayo to make it 2-0.

To a degree that looked like how it was going to finish as New Milton had not really pressed for a goal since the start of the second half. However just five minutes after going further behind, WILSON was able to snaffle a goal when a low cross was bundled home from close range. After this the Linnets looked like they might salvage a point but some resolute defending kept the visitors out and it ended with a home win. FT 2-1.