Skipper Davies strikes to earn Lymington Town draw after red card for Larkhall Athletic keeper
Southern League Division One
Larkhall Athletic FC 1
Lymington Town FC 1
LYMINGTON Town will be left ruing the draw with Larkhall Athletic as an opportunity missed after a straight red to home keeper Shaun Semmens after three minutes.
A shocking challenge in the opening exchanges left referee Phil Staynings with no option but to send him off. However, well-organised Larks still held their own for long periods.
The drama was far from over, with Lymington levelling on 57 minutes before Adam Biss received his marching orders to remove the numerical advantage.
Going into the match, Town would probably have been happy with a point against the Larks, who are comfortably mid-table with four games in hand over many of their rivals.
Co-managers Dave Lewis and Paul Masters had the privilege of starting the same team as the previous match against Melksham Town – a rare occurrence.
With the match three minutes old, keeper Seemings flew out of his area before delivering a shocking thigh-high challenge. When Staynings showed the red card, there were few complaints.
Luke Churchill lined up the resulting free kick, and he was unfortunate to see his brilliant effort skim the wrong side of the crossbar.
The Larks went ahead with 32 minutes played when Alex Lambert collected the ball before driving a fierce shot past the helpless Nic Jones.
The lead lasted until the 57th minute when skipper Callum Davies latched on to a cross by Churchill to bring the scores level.
With the time running out, Lymo's Adam Biss received what looked a harsh straight red to level the playing field.
Dylan Walker and Sam Shearer came off the bench with the visitors looking for a winner, but the score remained until the final whistle.
Lymington: N. Jones, R. Drake, L. Churchill, B. Gale, S. Walker, J. Gorman, C. Davies, A. Biss, B. Williams, F. Bullard, H. McGrath. Subs: S. Shearer, D. Walker, R. Viner, T. Bailey.