Bristol Manor Farm make it back-to-back away wins as they score four on the road at Lymington Town, writes Jack Davies.
The home side were in desperate need of some points and started brightly. A quick break led to a deep throw-in, and after an initial flick was saved by Ben John, Lymington skipper Nathan Hurst headed home for 1-0.
Manor Farm grew into the game but Lymington looked like a threat on the counter. A long ball by home keeper Matt Fredericks dropped to Craig McCallister who fired just wide.
The Portwaymen’s first real chance came after 20 minutes. Good work from Jake Gosling and Jayden Nielsen as Farm got their passing game together, Marcus Day firing just wide.
A game of few flash points threatened to ignite after half an hour, a very high tackle on Kye Simpson punished by only a yellow. From the resulting free-kick however, Farm levelled. A first half for the captains as Farm skipper Aron Robbins headed in from Gosling’s perfect free kick.
Robbins almost nodded Farm ahead just before the break too, he escaped his man following an Evander Grubb cross but glanced just wide.
Farm pushed on as Lymington started to drop deeper after the interval. Day was sent away by Gosling early in the half and his low cross found Nielsen who couldn’t get enough on his effort at the back post.
Lymington still posed an occasional threat when they began to stitch a few passes together. Karol Scoczen crossed for Hurst but his header was well saved by Ben John.
Farm pushed on and once Day’s tricky footwork won them a corner, the away side grabbed the lead. Another devilish delivery from Gosling was met by a towering header from Josh Ford. Two in two for the big defender.
Lee Lashenko’s side looked to end the contest and had a glorious chance just a few minutes later. Clever link-up with Nielsen, Gosling and Grubb, saw the latter force a good save from Fredericks.
Manor Farm did seal all three points with 5 to play. Bryant clattered as he rose for a header and the referee pointed to the spot.
Jake Gosling added to his two assists, with a well-taken penalty.
Farm would get a fourth thanks to a magical moment for Will Gallagher. The 16-year-old making only his second substitute appearance, stole the ball high up, took a clattering challenge, got back up and collected a pass from Grubb, which he finished superbly for his first senior goal.
To add insult to literal injury, Ryan Fuller, hobbling after making his late challenge on Gallagher, was given his second yellow and his following marching orders.
Lymington would have a final cause for celebration despite the result, Owen Fee heading home a late consolation with the game’s last moment.
STAR MAN – Jake Gosling