Wessex Premier League | 24 October 2017 | The Sports Ground | Scorer(s): Baldacchino

AFC Portchester suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Lymington on Tuesday night, despite taking the lead in the first half through Alex Baldacchino.

The game started at a frantic pace, on what can only be described as a slippery surface. With both sides struggling to string together moves in the early stages as the ball skidded around the pitch.

The first chance of note arrived in the 6th minute when Hurst had a long-range effort for the home side, but it was just catching practice for C.Scott in goal on this occasion.

With their first real substantial attack of the game, the royals took the lead. Top scorer Bobby Scott latching on to the ball out wide and delivering an inch perfect cross for striker partner Alex Baldacchino to slot in from around 8 yards out. 0-1.

As the game progressed both sides began playing more of their football, with C.Scott producing another routine save to deny Lymington and the final ball
missing from a couple of Portchester break aways.

In the 31st minute Portchester strung together a lovely move after retaining the ball in midfield, and after a number of passes the ball broke to captain Joe Bye, but his shot dragged wide.

The 38th minute saw a great chance for Lymington as their number 9 Sam House broke through the defence, however C.Scott in the Portchester goal produced a very strong left hand to prevent the equaliser.

However in the 41st minute Lymington got their deserved equaliser. After picking the ball up on the wide left Ollie Fee cut inside and took the ball around a couple of defenders, before deftly curling the ball into the far top corner. 1-1.

Half Time: Lymington FC 1-1 AFC Portchester

The first chance of the second half fell to the Royals in the 52nd minute. After receiving the ball in the box, B.Scott struggled to find space for the shot and instead laid the ball off to Evans, but the midfielder fired over.

Lymington took the lead for the first time in the game on the 66th minute. This time the pacey House breaking away down the right flank and finishing well into the far corner, from an acute angle.   2-1.

The sucker punch came five minutes later as Lymington grabbed their third, again House being the scorer. The number 9 receiving the ball on the left hand side of the box and fainting to cross, before curing the ball into the far corner with his instep. 3-1.

The Royals did their all to mount a comeback in the later stages, with substitute Tuppen looking bright and direct. However it was not meant to be, and the home side retained their lead until the final whistle.

Full Time: Lymington FC 3-1 AFC Portchester

Manager Ian Saunders spoke after the game;

“Once the first goal goes in you can tell for some reason at the back we are a bit fragile and lack a bit of confidence at the back”
“We came in at halftime and had a good chat, and I thought we started the second half really well without really testing the goal keeper”
“I think there was times where the final decision was lacking today”
“We are disappointed, but we will regroup and get back into training on Thursday to be as ready as we can be for Saturday”

THE LINE-UPS

Lymington: Casey, Davies, Fuller, Long, Bottomley, Walker, Jarvis, Hurst, House, Roberts, Fee
Subs: Willet, Tewkesbury, Pickett, Hawkins, Man

Royals: C, Scott, Evans, Moody, Ramsey, Birmingham, Kirby, Searle, Bye, B. Scott, Baldacchino, Hayes
Subs: Wells, Noice, Warren, Tuppen, Hoolihan

Report by Hugo Butler

AFC Portchester
The Blanchard Wells Stadium
Wicor Recreation Ground
Cranleigh Road
Fareham
Hants
PO16 9DP
U.K.

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