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10-man New Milton run out of steam against Petersfield

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Wessex Division One
New Milton Town FC 2
Petersfield Town FC 3

DESPITE keeper Ollie Bull receiving an early red card, New Milton stormed into a two-goal lead before slumping to a 3-2 defeat against Petersfield.

The Linnets played over an hour with 10 players, but their two leading lights this season, Tyrell Sampson and Chris Long, put their side into a strong position with two first-half strikes.

However, the Rams hit back after the break through Cameron Smith and Charlie Merritt before Ryan Kennedy scored a last-gasp winner.

New Milton's Chris Long curled in a brilliant goal (photo: Dave Bodymore)
New Milton's Chris Long curled in a brilliant goal (photo: Dave Bodymore)

Host keeper Bull produced a brilliant save to deny Kieran Alcock after three minutes. However, he did not cover himself in glory when clattering into George Cartwell to earn a red card and give away a penalty after 17 minutes.

Fortunately for the Linnets, captain Jake Bourton blazed his effort over the bar, and Luke Dennison came on between the sticks.

Ten minutes later, Sampson came out on top in a goalmouth scramble to poke the ball home for the opener.

The watching New Milton faithful were sent into rapture when Long curled his side's second into the top corner with 38 minutes gone.

The Rams' fightback began when Smith side-footed into an empty net from 35 yards after Dennison rushed off his line to block an earlier effort.

With the clock running down, an exhausted New Milton ran out of steam with Elliott Pearce-Eavis conceding a penalty, which Charlie Merritt duly converted, and Ryan Kennedy tucking home a 94th-minute winner.

New Milton Town: O. Bull, J. Dacombe, C. Parnell, B. Hamerston, E. Pearce-Eavis, A. Scott, T. Rudd, C. Turner, L. Stone, T. Sampson, C. Long. Subs: L. Dennison, G. Deem, B. Cooper, A. Booker, E. Lines.

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