Superior Lymington Town undone by early strike from Winchester City
Southern League Division One
Lymington Town FC 0
Winchester City FC 1
LYMINGTON were left with a sense of what might have been after play-off chasing Winchester City snatched all three points thanks to a single first-half strike.
The Citizens took the lead after just 10 minutes when player-of-the-match Simbarashe Mlambo smashed the ball home off the underside of the bar.
Lymington performed well throughout the game against an organised Winchester side – the only thing missing was a goal.
Lymington's co-manager Paul Masters previously spent time as Winchester manager. He remains the only Winchester manager to guide the side to a Southern League play-off spot, with three players still a part of the team.
With 10 minutes gone, Oli Bailey played in Mlambo, who took his tally of league goals into double figures by firing an effort which deflected off a defender and the crossbar, and into the the net.
Moments later, Lymington skipper Nathan Hurst picked up a nasty looking injury, with 18-year-old Sam Shearer replacing him.
Lymington began to assert control, and defender Stephen Walker came close to equalising when he headed just over before Dom Thelen's powerful effort flew just wide of the goal.
Winchester took a 1-0 lead into the break and Lymington started the second with great determination, winning a free-kick 20 yards out. Freddie Bullard did well to pick up the rebound off the wall, but Winchester keeper Charlie Philpott gratefully scooped up his venomous shot.
Lymington used the flanks well and delivered some dangerous crosses into the area, with one narrowly evading an attacking head and another requiring a goal-line clearance.
Winchester saw a decent chance to extend their lead when substitute Craig Feeney blasted the ball over the ball over the bar, but the hosts looked the more likely to score.
The last chance of note came from Sam Shearer, who stormed upfield with the ball from his half, but ran out of steam at the vital moment.
Dylan Walker came off the bench, he could not find a way past a stubborn defence as the final whistle came with Winchester more than a little fortunate to take all three points.
Lymington Town: C. Coulter, R. Drake, L. Churchill, N. Hurst, S. Walker, R. Fuller, O. Dennett, A. Biss, J. Gorman, F. Bullard, D. Thelen. Subs: R. Casey, S. Shearer, D. Walker, C. Davies, J. Brookes.