MATCH REPORT: Lymington Town 1-2 Bristol Manor Farm

Manor Farm were looking for 5 wins in a row as they made their way to a windswept Lymington.The hosts were in need of points themselves as they found themselves sliding down the table and started on the front foot, pushing forward with Harrison Cable as he headed over inside the opening few minutes.

Farm almost gifted them the lead just after, Steve Kingdon slid the ball towards Ben John who was fortunate to see his sliced miskick bounce narrowly wide. Farm were feeling their way into the game, on loan Lucas Vowles played a neat one-two with Jake Gosling but his low cross was turned wide by Ryan Fuller, with Mikey Bryant waiting with the goal at his mercy.

From the resulting corner, Gosling’s whipped cross was headed inches wide by defender Josh Ford.

Lymington were looking a real threat from set plays themselves and it was through one late in the half, that they took the lead. Luke Churchill’s pinpoint delivery was thumped home via the head of Stephen Walker.

Farm had a golden chance to level shortly after. Lloyd Mills with a superb lofted pass for Vowles whose first touch was immaculate but his low effort was smartly saved by Nick Jones.

Ben John had to be alert to keep the deficit to one right on the whistle, Ford’s backpass was short and Freddie Bullard’s shot was tipped wide. Farm controlled the majority of the second half as they looked to get back in the game. A neat move with Jayden Nielsen and Vowles led to the latter setting for Lloyd Mills, who lashed narrowly wide.

Kingdon was next to try his luck, another neat run and set by Nielsen but the defender fired over.

Lymington was happy to soak up and look for a counter, Rian Drake darted down the right and his wayward cross clipped the top of the bar with John scrambling.

Farm would get a deserved equaliser just after the hour. Mason Winter found Gosling who span and laid across to Nielsen – the winger used Robbins decoy run to perfection and found half a yard to fire into the far corner.

Vowles was having a very eventful second debut, he flew towards a Gosling corner but his diving header glanced wide.

A lovely Winter cross gave Vowles his next chance, but the strikers strike on the spin was well blocked. Farm were pushing hard and almost took a lead in spectacular fashion. Jake Gosling collected from 30 yards and his blockbuster cannoned off the underside of the bar.

The decisive goal finally came with 10 minutes to play. Winter’s cross was spilled by Jones and Mike Bryant was on hand to sweep home and send the away fans into delirium.

Farm had two big chances to avoid a nervy finish, Nielsen was denied by a combination of Jones and Fuller before Vowles was denied by Jones as he ran through on the counter.

Farm had one more attack to keep out in injury time. Callum Davies got to the byline and his cross evaded John but thankfully for Farm, Josh Ford was on hand to clear from the line and the fifth win in a row was secured.

STAR MAN, Mason Winter.