Lymington Town take point off third-placed Cirencester Town
Southern League Division One South
Lymington Town FC 0
Cirencester Town FC 0
LYMINGTON Town picked up a superb point against a dangerous Cirencester Town, who sit third in the table and have lost only once all season.
In a difficult match, Cirencester controlled most of the possession, with Lymington's typical organisation and doggedness on full display.
Both teams started in a frenetic manner while looking to play positively on a fast playing surface at the Lymington Sports Ground.
The match's first real chance came just before 20 minutes when Josh Grace-Parsons found Tom Anderson in space. However, 28-year-old shot-stopper Ross Casey brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar.
Minutes later, Lymington looked to have taken the lead when veteran striker Craig McAllister rounded keeper Alex Harris. However, Tom Handley was on hand with a sliding goal-line clearance to deny the striker a second goal in as many games.
After the restart, both teams struggled to get going as possession was shared equally, and the keepers went untested.
Cirencester ramped up the pressure in the final 15 minutes. One of their better chances saw Casey saving well from second-half substitute Brad Gray, with the clearance hooked away.
The last roll of the dice saw Gray fizzing a solid shot goalwards from the edge of the area, but a focused Casey punched the ball away as Lymington sealed a well-earned point.
Lymington, who have a young team with many local players, currently sit 11th in the table during their first season at this level.
Lymington Town: R. Casey, C. Davies, R. Drake, A. Biss, R. Fuller, C. Stanley, D. Thelen, B. Satterley, C. McAllister, H. McGrath, F. Bullard. Subs: O. Dennett, L. Churchill, T. Man, S. Shearer, D. Walker.