Willand Rovers FC vs Lymington Town

The Pitching In Southern League Div One South
vs
April 9, 2022
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

Rovers lose 1-2 at home to lowly Lymington Town!

It was another disappointing day at the office for Rovers, being a repeat of recent games with Rovers dominant for long periods but then over-playing the ball in the final third and being wasteful in front of goal when chances presented themselves.

The first half started well with the hosts quickly out the blocks passing the ball well & crisply on a firm but bobbly playing surface. Josh Searle & Jack Veale were linking up well on the right as were Will Richards & Bailey Kempster on the left.

Willand continued to dominate but failed to capitalise whilst they had the strong wind at their backs. Promising approach play put Ben Griffith through on the half hour mark but when he worked himself into a good shooting position with only the keeper to beat he inexplicably opted to cross and the danger was comfortably cleared by the visitors.

Lymington were reliant on counter attacking, with Luke Churchill, Callum Stratton & Harrison Cable looking dangerous each time they ventured into the Willand defensive zone.

The half concluded with Bailey Kempster & Jack Rice having half-chance opportunities but missing the target with their final shots. Ht 0-0.
The second half started as the first ended, with Willand generally in ascendancy, but Lymington, now with the wind advantage, much more in the game & now opting for the long-ball strategy towards their attacking duo. On 55 minutes Jack Rice was played in on goal but his shot was well saved by Nic Jones in the visitor’s goal.

On 60 mins, after some good defensive play by Rovers, the ball was played long to Rice in the centre circle: he took it well on his chest to pass his marking defender, rounded the keeper and the slotted the ball into the empty net. 1-0.

This spurred Lymington into some tactical changes with Freddie Bullard coming into the fray for the visitors to give them a more attacking formation. The changes soon paid dividends as George Burton was forced to make two point-blank saves as the visitors searched for an equaliser. However, they didn’t have to wait long, as on 66 minutes Bullard was on hand to poke home that equaliser after a scramble in the host’s penalty area. 1-1.

The game looked like it was going to end in a draw until a speculative long ball forward on 87 minutes fell to Churchill on the left side of the Rovers’ box: he struck a thunderbolt shot that beat Burton at his near post. 1-2.

The final few minutes saw half-chances at both ends as Lymington held out to claim all the points. Ft 1-2.

Improvement will be needed for Rovers’ trip to Sholing next Saturday.

Man of the Match, selected by Bray Accountants of Tiverton: Adam Poole

Lineup

Ryan Guppy
Josh Searle
George Burton
Adam Poole
Will Richards
Glenn GouldYellow Card
Bailey Kempster
Jack RiceGoal
Ben Griffith
Jack Veale
Ellis Johnson

Subs

David Steele (Assistant Manager)
Lewis WilsonSub
Callum ChiversSub
Ian Patchett