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Lymington gained a deserved away win against Bideford with their first victory in eight games

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LYMINGTON'S run of eight games without a win ended against Bideford thanks to an own goal, a penalty and an early red card.

Bideford took the lead, but a red card three minutes later, a Freddie Bullard penalty and 71st-minute own goal meant, after going close on several occasions, Lymo, at last, gained a deserved away win.

After a quiet first half an hour, only superb defending denied Mattie Buchan a goal after two excellent defensive blocks. However, it was a case of third time lucky as the striker put the Robins in the lead.

Lymington Freddie Bullard scored the equalising penalty (Photo: Les Chase)
Lymington Freddie Bullard scored the equalising penalty (Photo: Les Chase)

Three minutes later, Toby Down flew into a challenge with Dylan Walker that Michael Glanville deemed worthy of a straight red card. After that, the hosts grew confident and made their numerical advantage tell.

Lymington went close to levelling twice after the break through Walker and Harrison Cable, but keeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans denied them with brilliant saves.

Then with 58 minutes played, Lymington found their way back into the game when Niall Heeney took out Sam Shearer in the box. Bullard showed no hesitation in taking responsibility before firing past Seedhouse-Evans.

The 10-men Robins battled on and were furious to have a penalty call waved away around the 67th minute.

When the winning goal finally came for Lymington, it came bizarrely when Aaron Taylor somehow contrived to head into his net via the crossbar despite being under no discernible pressure.

The Robins keeper kept his side in the game with an excellent save from a Bullard header before the outstretched hand of Lymington keeper Nic Jones kept Lymo in the driver's seat.

When the final whistle arrived, the predominantly young fledglings had held on to gain the three points, with the management team Dave Lewis and Paul Masters ecstatic over the team's performance.

Lymington Town: N. Jones, R. Drake, L. Churchill, R. Fuller, S. Walker, J. Gorman, C. Davies, D. Walker, T. Stephenson, F. Bullard, H. Cable. Subs: B. Gale, S. Shearer, N. Magee, A. Sheibatzadeh.

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