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Lymington Town heartbreak after late Paulton Rovers leveller

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LYMINGTON came within minutes of securing an impressive victory over eighth-placed Paulton Rovers on their first-ever visit to the First4Pools Stadium at Winterfield Road.

With Lymo fighting for points at the lower-end of the league, they were on course for three massive points after goals from Toby Bailey and Harrison Cable. However, the Robins scored a spectacular leveller in the 88th minute.

Lymington Town's Craig McAllister (photo: @photogins)
Lymington Town's Craig McAllister (photo: @photogins)

Lymo made the worst possible start when Paulton broke the deadlock with just 14 minutes played when Leighton Thomas headed Ed Butcher's in-swinging corner past Amad Skrzyniarz, in his first game for Lymington.

Dave Lewis and Paul Master's team got back on level terms 10 minutes later when Luke Churchill's deep corner kick eventually reached Bailey, who imperiously chipped over the ball over keeper Aaron Sainsbury.

As the match headed towards the break, veteran striker Craig McAllister showed his rustiness, having missed several games, by fluffing his lines in front of an open goal before Sainsbury made amends with a good save to deny Cable.

Five minutes into the second half, Lymo deservedly went in front when two on-loan AFC Totton players combined beautifully, with Lewis Waterfield crossing for Cable to score.

With Lymo looking to gain much-needed points, the home side grabbed a late equaliser when Thomas spectacularly scored with an overhead kick in the 88th minute.

Lymington: A. Skrzyniarz, R. Drake, L. Churchill, T. Bailey, T. Stephenson, R. Fuller, L. Waterfield, A. Biss, C. McAllister, H. Cable, G. Britton. Subs: S. Shearer, F. Bullard, C. Stratton, C. Davies, D. Walker.

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