Lymington Town cruise to seventh straight win
Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Lymington Town 2
AFC Portchester 0
LYMINGTON Town maintained their perfect start to the league campaign with a routine 2-0 win over AFC Portchester at The Sports Ground on Saturday.
The home side were expecting a strong challenge from a typically formidable opponent. However, Lymington took a two-goal lead into the break after goals from Tim Stephenson and Owen Fee, and they never looked troubled.
Lymington started the match on top of the Wessex Premier table. However, thanks to Fareham Town’s dominant 6-1 win over Brockenhurst, they slipped to second place on goal difference with a game in hand.
Lymington had the better of the early exchanges with Fee regularly terrorising the opposition. They deservedly found the breakthrough 16 minutes in when an intricate free-kick from Luke Churchill allowed skipper Tim Stephenson to outpace the defence and drive home.
Former Sholing number 10 Lee Wort was the pick of Portcheser’s attacking unit. However, the Lymington defence were determined to preserve their impressive record which has seen them concede only one league goal so far.
With the break two minutes away, Fee came in from the left wing to increase the lead, firing a low shot past keeper Cameron Scott.
Portchester’s task was made all the more difficult after losing striker Craig Hardy to injury before referee Antony Smith showed Rudy Plummer a second yellow after the forward spoke out of turn to one of the officials.
Before the match, Sydenhams Wessex League officials presented Lymington Town Football Club president Brian Perrett with the team-of-the-month award after the South Coast side remained unbeaten.
Tomorrow night, Lymington take on Sholing, who play in the league above, in the final of the Russell-Cotes Cup at The Universal Stadium.
Lymington: R. Casey, R. Fuller, L. Churchill, N. Hurst, T. Stephenson, C. Stanley, O. Fee, R. Nicholls, C. McAllister, S. House, D. Falco. Subs: R. Drake, T. Carkett, C. Churchill, N. Pierce.