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Luke Churchill smashes vital winner for Lymington Town against mid-table Willand Rovers

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RELEGATION-threatened Lymington Town overcame the odds and gained a little breathing room in defeating mid-table Willand Rovers 2-1 away from home.

The south coast side, playing without manager Dave Lewis and assistant Paul Masters, came from behind thanks to goals from Freddie Bullard and Luke Churchill.

The crucial victory leaves Lymo two points ahead of their next opponent Cinderford Town, who sit in the relegation play-off place.

Lymington Town celebrate Luke Churchill's thunderbolt winner (photo: @Photogins)
Lymington Town celebrate Luke Churchill's thunderbolt winner (photo: @Photogins)

With manager Lewis on holiday and assistant Masters serving a suspension, 34-year-old player Jason Brookes and kit-man Bob Sullivan took the reins.

There were early chances for both sides, with Rovers' Ben Griffith shooting over the bar from close range before Lymo's Callum Stratton went clear and also sent the ball the wrong side of the crossbar.

Rovers almost took the lead on the half-hour mark when Griffith worked himself into a good shooting position with only the keeper to beat. However, he inexplicably opted to cross, and Lymington comfortably cleared the danger.

Lymington looked dangerous on the break, with Churchill, Stratton and Harrison Cable all threatening each time they ventured into the Willand area.

With an hour played, a long ball found Jack Rice-Lethaby in the centre circle. The number 10 took it well on his chest before outpacing his marker, rounding Nic Jones, and slotting the ball into the empty net.

The goal spurred Lymington to make tactical changes, with Freddie Bullard coming into the fray to give them more attacking intent.

The changes soon paid dividends, with Lymington forcing two point-blank saves from keeper George Burton as the visitors searched for an equaliser.

The pressure soon told when Bullard poked home after a scramble in the penalty area to mark his return to action from several weeks out with an injury.

As the match headed into its final moments, a long ball forward found Churchill on the left side of the Rovers box. The 23-year-old left-back struck a thunderbolt shot which flew inside the near post.

Lymington's next match is a relegation six-pointer against Cinderford at the Lymington Sports Ground on 16th April at 3pm.

Lymington Town: N. Jones, R. Drake, L. Churchill, T. Bailey, M. Green, R. Fuller, S. Shearer, A. Biss, C. Stratton, H. Cable, G. Britton. Subs: F. Bullard, J. Brookes, C. Davies, D. Walker.

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