Christchurch v Lymington Town Saturday 8th March 2014




Church’s first home game since 14th December 2013 and only our third home league game of the season. The boys were a bit rusty after plenty of training but little action during the bad weather but we started brightly and an early jinking run from Salazar beat two defenders and his shot came back off the post. Church were trying to put the management plan of rapid passing and movement in to action but it wasn’t quite happening. A few minutes later a Lymington through ball was deflected off a defender and fell kindly and a first class one touch finish from the edge of the area gave the visitors the lead. Disappointing but these things happen. However a few minutes later Church gave up possession and a through ball was latched on to by Lymington and a first time looping strike went right in to the corner of the net to extend the visitors lead. Not a reflection of the balance of play but Lymington took their opportunities.

Church had a couple of chances but failed to capitalise until another Salazar run in to the penalty area led to him being brought down and Speers converted the penalty. Back in the game now and Church pressed for the equaliser before half-time. This duly came from Ohameje from a close range strike at the near post from a low struck corner. Church had played well and finally woken up after being 0-2 down after 14 minutes. A familiar story but we continued to try and play good football.

The second half was different with Church dominating play much more and most of the game being played in Lymington’s half. However Lymington did get the ball down for limited periods and played some nice football. Landers struck the third for Church with the ball going in centrally and off the under side of the bar with the keeper stranded to finally give us the lead after about 65 mins. Shortly after the ball was laid in to the path of Salazar, who was behind the ball when it was passed, and as the ball rested in the back of the net he was given offside. Bizarre and frustrating.

The longer the game went on the more the match moved up the pitch with Church having the lion’s share of the game. Finally in the last minute Ohameje pressed their keeper from a weak back pass and won the ball and tapped in from an open net. Well done William!

Looking back there were many fine individual performances like Stamp charging forward from full back, Homan’s passing and control in midfield, Salazar’s jinking runs and Selles aggressive battling and passing in midfield but as a team we played below our capability, due to the long lay off, but there haven’t been many games lately and hopefully the lads will be back up to speed pretty soon.

Alex Mackie, Mark Curtis, Chris Speers, Jordan Cotton, Ryan Stamp, Jack Homan, Mikel Selles, Alex Salazar, William Ohameje, Russell Tickner, Ryan Davison, Jake Landers, Connor Way