Lymington Town comeback seals Southern League South debut win over Barnstaple Town
Pitching In Southern League South
Barnstaple Town FC 1
Lymington Town FC 3
AFTER being on the back foot for the majority of the match, Lymington Town's second-half substitutions inspired a comeback away win over Barnstaple Town.
A fine goal from Barnstaple's threatening wide man Theo Ofori looked to have clinched all three points. However, Lymington hit back to score three times in the final 15 minutes to secure a win on their league debut.
Lymington co-manager Paul Masters, who was on the books at Southampton FC in the '90s before a severe injury ended his career, started the match without regular keeper Ross Casey, with Marcus Beauchamp between the sticks.
Ofori had several chances to put his side in the lead, but the visitors' rock-solid defence and Beauchamp were impenetrable, with the latter making more than one impressive save.
Lymington's best chance came from Tim Stephenson, but Adam Seedhouse-Evans was on hand to preserve the deadlock.
Eight minutes into the second half, Ofori ran on to a hopeful long ball over the top of the defence. With the defenders breathing down his neck, he kept his nerve to finish superbly.
Lymington immediately made two substitutions, with Dom Thelan and Arshia Sheibatzadeh replacing Freddie Bullard and Rian Drake.
The personnel shift paid dividends straight away, and with 14 minutes of play left, Craig Stanley met Ryan Fuller's corner to equalise from close range.
With the clock ticking down, Thelan was the man of the moment, finding the back of the net with a powerful shot to give his side the lead with just six minutes to go.
Barnstaple had a series of half chances to regain parity, but Thelan put the game to bed with a third in added time.
Lymington Town: M. Beauchamp, C. Stanley, R. Fuller, R. Drake, N. Hurst, T. Stephenson, S. House, B. Slatterley, C. McAllister, F. Bullard, H. McGrath. Subs used: Sheibatzadeh, Thelan. Subs: J. Brookes, A. Kerton, T. Bailey.