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Stockbridge go down fighting in League Cup thriller
Stockbridge 2 Lymington Town 3.
The new look Stockbridge side went down to a narrow 3-2 defeat in the Wessex League Cup against Premier Division outfit Lymington Town.
The Robin’s management duo, James Banks and Terry Chapman, can take many positives from the game as Stockbridge started well and in the second minute Josh Harfield was brought down and from the free-kick David Egerton’s effort went just wide. A minute later Daryl Phillips’ header narrowly missed the target but Stockbridge were then stung just after 15 minutes when Lymington scored twice in two minutes through Lee New and Dan Pandaldi. Just before the break a brilliant effort on the turn by Robin’s Stuart Findlay soared into the back of the net to make it 2-1 at the break. Early in the second half Stockbridge went close when a Luke Pothercary cross from the right shot across the face of the goal but Finlay charging in just failed to make contact. Two minutes later Darren Richards scored for the visitors to make it 3-1, only for Phillips to hit the back of the net to bring the Robins back to 3-2. Findlay then saw his chip saved by the visitor’s keeper and Egerton was unlucky to see his free-kick hit the angle of the cross-bar and post.
Joint manager Terry Chapman also found positives but was less pleased with his defence. “We gave all three goals away with defensive errors and if we do that every week we won’t win a game.”
Chapman admitted that it could have been first game nerves but added: “Once we started to play we gave them a game as once it went to 3-1 we dominated.”
Having seen Stuart Findlay get his side back into the game just before the break they again let Lymington in just after it and although Daryl Phillips made it 3-2 there was no way back.
“Dave Egerton had a fine game and if Findlay and Phillips stay fit they will both get 20 goals” said Chapman whose son Dan was also in good form making some fine saves.
“I don’t like losing but we have New Milton at home on Saturday and are looking for three points.”
Robins are without Egerton who is on holiday but welcome back Chris Knight.