Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Shaftesbury v Lymington Town 18/09/18

Shaftesbury 1 Lymington Town 1

A 90th minutes equaliser from the Rockies through Sean Colohan meant it finished honours even at Cockrams this evening, Shaftesbury having played out the final twelve minutes or so with ten men after captain Gary Bowles was quite rightly dismissed.

Lymington with a few players still on the physio’s treatment table started the game kicking up the slope and created more openings with their forward play pinning back their hosts on several occasions. But at the same time, they were on the back foot with Shaftesbury making counter attacks. The first real opening came on 5 minutes when Mitch Wood cleared only to see Josh Williams collect the clearance and fire just off target. Nick Hewlett posed the most danger to Lymington and had a long unchallenged run on ten minutes that looked like it would result in a goal, but the hosts couldn’t convert the opportunity.

Hewlett also had a header cleared off the line and a shot ricochet to safety off the crossbar with Casey rooted to the spot. With the half hour approaching, Lymington carved out an opening. Elliott Cross played it out for Wood and Jarvis latched on to his pass and his delivery found the head of Sam HOUSE and it hit the back of the net.

HT 0-1

The second half was much on the same vein as the first with Lymington in control for long spells with a Davies cross finding Mike Gosney, whose first time strike saw Jonny Hill do well to keep the ball out of the net. Shaftesbury were probably unlucky not to at least get back on level terms with Dan O’Sullivan, Bowles and Jamie Danoris all testing the visitors resolve in the penalty area, but the visitors held firm.

With time running down an away win looked the likely outcome until the Rockies midfielder COLOHAN scrambled it home from close range in a crowded penalty area in the last minute of normal time. (Mike Robins)