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Lions go top after draw with reigning champions
2:08pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Andover Lions 2 Lyndhurst 2.
Andover Lions went top of Division One of the Hampshire Premier League after a hard earned draw at home to last season’s 2004 League champions, Lyndhurst on Tuesday. Lyndhurst dominated the first half hour and as early as the second minute Dickson hit a well struck volley just wide of Andy Burt’s post. Dan Reynolds had the first opportunity on six minutes when latching on to a clever Josh Hind pass but his low shot was well saved by Parker diving to his right. Jamie Pollard almost got on the scoresheet at the wrong end when his defensive header brought a smart save from Burt, then Lions had a huge let off when the pacy Longland outstripped the defence but Burt and John Robb combined to clear the ball when a goal looked a certainty. Two minutes later a Casson Spencer through ball was spilled by the keeper and Pollard hit the post from the narrowest of angles. On 21 minutes Lyndhurst got the breakthrough goal when Longland lifted the ball past Burt for a deserved lead.
This lead was almost doubled on the half hour when a header hit the post.
Almost immediately after, another corner was scrambled off the line as Lions rode their luck. As half-time approached Reynolds headed the equaliser from a Knight cross.
The Lions were buoyed by going in on level terms and it was their turn to dominate.
With their best move of the match Gary Lane, Darren Paris, Pollard and Spencer linked for Reynolds to finish well from 12 yards – his fifth goal in four days. With ten minutes left, Longland brought the scores all square to set up a nervy finish to a match they both felt they could have won.
Mnager Ray Cozze was philosophical about the result.
“We have to be happy with that result, on another day we might have come away with nothing,” he declared. “The lads were a bit down after the 100 per cent run came to an end but we are unbeaten and tonight sit top of the league – we’d have taken that a month ago. “We’ve got players returning from holidays now and I’ve got the pleasant problem of picking from a full squad coming up. ”
Lions host Premier Division Bournemouth Sports on Saturday in the Senior League Cup