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Lions good start continues
Durley 2 Andover Lions 4.
Andover Lions continued their 100 per cent start to their campaign in the Hampshire League Division One with a comfortable victory over a spirited Durley team on a scorching hot afternoon at Kytes Lane on Saturday.
Manager Ray Cozze was with without several key players but was still able to put out a strong team which dominated from the start. On 14 minutes they gained reward for their superiority when Josh Hind latched onto a neat through ball from Chris Knight and finished calmly. Despite continual pressure they had to wait until the last minute of the first half when Jake Curtis cut in and his cross shot went in off the far post. They had the best possible start to the second half. A corner was played short to Ryan Steele who hit a curling shot onto the bar and Jamie Pollard neatly turned home the rebound. Brad Craney lobbed just over but within a minute they got a deserved third when Curtis drove past Hazeldine for his second of the game, doubling his tally for last season.
Lions were in total control but Durley refused to give in and pulled a goal back on 70 mins when Adam Challinor finished with a fine shot.
Six minutes later Durley scored an even better second when Lee Wight curled a free- kick from 20 yards in off the far post. Lions shut the game down, dominating possession for the remainder of the match to take the points.
Cozze was happy after the match despite conceding the late goals: “We played well today, we kept the ball for long periods on a very hot afternoon and made Durley chase the ball. ‘The scoreline doesn’t really reflect how comfortable we were but the important thing is that we’ve got the points. ‘If we had been sharper in the last third of the pitch we could have scored a few more but we’re happy with the start we’ve made. It’s early days but two wins from two puts us in a good position.”
Tomorrow Lions play their first home game when they host University of Portsmouth at the Charlton Athletic Track, kick off 3pm. Then on Tuesday they are home to Hampshire 2004 champions, Lyndhurst, kick off 6pm.