Match Report 2001/2002

A tale of three penalties

Tuesday 23rd October 2001 : Jewson Wessex League

Christchurch 1, Lymington & New Milton 3

Report Courtesy of the Daily Echo

Lymington & New Milton secured another three points in their quest to recapture the Wessex League title they surrendered to Andover last season, in a hard-fought vistory against nine-man Christchurch at Hurn Bridge.

In-form striker Richard Glenister grabbed a brace for the Linnets in a highly eventful match which Priory's joint-manager Nigel Cripps described as a "flattering result" for the visitors. "I can't praise the lads enough tonight," said Cripps. "They worked their socks off, and when we went down to ten men we were the better side."

Linnets' player-manager Graham Kemp was adjudged to have handled inside the area to give Christchurch an early penalty which Robbie Woolner tucked away. Woolner was then taken off with concussion five minutes later and was eventually taken to hospital as a precaution.

A second penalty of the might was then awarded at the other end with Richie Glenister firing the Linnets level from the spot. Moments later Steve Hillyer was harshly sent off as the ball deflected off a forward and hit Hillyer on the shoulder right in front of goal.

Richie Glenister once again popped up to give Lymington [& New Milton] the lead from his second and the game's third spot-kick inside the opening half. Simon Jackson also saw red when a second yellow card resulted in an early bath [for him], and with five minutes remaining Scott Metcalf rounded off the evening with a third for the Linnets.

Match reports on this site are based on those appearing in the New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times (except where separately credited) with additional material from my own resources where relevant.

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