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Victorious Lymington Town resist late Barnstaple charge

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Southern League Division One South

Lymington Town FC 3

Barnstaple Town FC 2

LYMINGTON Town picked up all three points with a 3-2 victory over strugglers Barnstaple Town, whose late fightback faltered.

The hosts took a two-goal lead into the break thanks to Craig McAllister and Sam Shearer, before Freddie Bullard added a third. After that, however, Lymington took their foot off the pedal, and Barum's Neil Last scored twice to make it a nervy finish.

The loss means Barnstaple Town remain on zero points after 16 league games.

Lymington celebrate after Sam Shearer (second from right) scores the second (photo: Ginu Varghese)
Lymington celebrate after Sam Shearer (second from right) scores the second (photo: Ginu Varghese)

The visitors started the match brightly, and the typically hard-to-beat Ross Casey saved multiple shots from successive corners.

Lymington took over, and two quickfire goals put them in firm control. First, 41-year-old McAllister headed home Harry McGrath's cross from close range.

Then, within 60 seconds, midfielder Sam Shearer scored his first league goal of the season after pouncing on a loose ball following a good Jack Arthur save.

Almost immediately from the restart, McGrath dragged his shot narrowly wide of the goal as Lymington ran riot at the end of the half.

Barnstaple started the second half well, and they almost pulled one back, but Ashley Mitchell's header flew just wide of the post.

With 61 minutes played, Lymington found a third goal after Arthur's superb point-blank save fell to the feet of Bullard, who had the simple task of tapping home.

Barnstaple refused to lie down despite their predicament, and they found a goal with 20 minutes left when Neil Last spotted the keeper off his line before finding the net from 40 yards.

Second-half substitute Last added a second goal with a flick into the far corner, but Lymington held on to secure all three points.

Lymington Town: R. Casey, R. Fuller, R. Drake, A. Biss, C. Davies, C. Stanley, S. Shearer, F. Bullard, C. McAllister, O. Dennett, H. McGrath. Subs: D. Walker, J. Coombes, L. Churchill, O. Brown, T. Man.

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