Lymington Town knock AFC Totton out of League Challenge Cup and end Stags' six-game win streak
League Challenge Cup Round Two
AFC Totton 0
Lymington Town FC 1
LYMINGTON Town ended AFC Totton's six-game winning streak to knock their local rivals out of the Southern League Challenge Cup on a frosty Tuesday evening at the Snows Stadium.
There was not much to choose between the sides, with the Linnets keeper Ross Casey slightly busier. However, the critical moment came in the final three minutes when Freddie Bullard scored the winning goal.
In Dan Sackman's second game since taking temporary charge of the Stags, he made four changes and switched the system to three at the back, with Adeoye Olumuyiwa sitting between Stephane Zubar and Harry Medway.
Lymington's first attack of note came in the 10th minute after a driving run from Sam Shearer led to a speculative long-range effort from 30 yards out. However, keeper Amad Skrzyniarz clutched the ball to his chest well.
The half's best chance came after 18 minutes, following a surging, mazy run from Totton's Jordan Ngalo that beat several defenders. The midfielder slid the ball to Brett Williams, who rounded Ross Casey, but the striker failed to finish from a tight angle.
Casey then produced a brilliant diving save, low down to his right, to deny Hashim Kasimu, who had found space in the area, and at the other end, Skrzyniarz kept out Dylan Walker's shot from just outside the 18-yard box.
With 77 minutes played, Stags' substitute Sam Griffin's attacking instincts saw him speeding towards the danger area, which led to Linnets' captain Callum Davies committing a foul for a yellow card.
In an example of sport's margins, Ethan Taylor then wriggled into space before the reaching toe of Casey kept out his tame effort, and within 60 seconds Lymington scored the winning goal. With just three minutes left, a clipped ball over the top of Medway found Bullard, who composed himself before coolly slotting into the bottom left corner.
Totton pushed for an equaliser, but they could not find the breakthrough against a resilient Lymington side.
AFC Totton: A. Skrzyniarz, C. Baughan, J. Ragguette, A. Olumuyiwa, H. Medway, S. Zubar, E. Taylor, J. Ngalo, H. Kasimu, B. Williams, L. Waterfield. Subs: F. Read, S. Griffin, J. Hoey, B. Jefford.
Lymington Town: R. Casey, C. Davies, A. Sheibatzadeh, T. Bailey, R. Fuller, C. Stanley, S. Shearer, T. Man, H. McGrath, D. Walker, D. Thelan. Subs: B. Satterley, O. Brown, T. Stephenson, F. Bullard, R. Drake.