New Milton Town FC 6-1 Folland Sports FC
Starting – Bradley Aspin, Michael Barber, Lewis Brailey, Kieran Burgess, Dominic Falco, Steve Flynn, Anthony Harris, Ethan Maddocks, Ollie Peckham, Zachary Phelps, Lyam Teixceira
Subs – Dan Molyneaux, Zedekiah Phelps, Darryl Power
New Milton recorded their first win of the season as they emphatically beat 10 man Folland Sports 6-1 at home on Saturday.
It was the Linnets’ first home game of the season after drawing 0-0 at East Cowes last weekend, and they started well as Brad Aspin and Steve Flynn in particular started brightly down the right flank. The home side continued to force the issue until Anthony Harris had a shot cleared off the line in the sixth minute.
Flynn then opened the scoring for his side two minutes later when he and Aspin played one touch football to get into a scoring position inside the box and Flynn took one touch to fire the ball past the Folland keeper to make the score 1-0.
New Milton’s defence looked solid throughout the first half, and defensive coach, and former AFC Bournemouth skipper Mark Morris must have been delighted with how his charges handled Folland’s imposing frontman Lincoln McLean.
The home side were 2-0 up in the 20th minute when a complete breakdown of communication for the Folland defence resulted in the keeper colliding with one of his centre backs as they both challenged for the same ball, and New Milton midfielder Dominic Falco latched onto the loose ball and took his time to shoot before slotting the ball into an empty net.
New Milton looked to be comfortable with their lead until two minutes before half time when McLean surged down the right flank and into the box, before cutting the ball neatly back for forward Declan Seidon who tucked the ball home to give his side a lift before heading into the break.
Folland found themselves down to ten men in the 53rd when substitute Josh Elmes received a straight red for his involvement in a scrap between the two sets of players, Linnets right back Zachary Phelps also saw himself yellow carded.
The game was ended as a contest with two well worked quick fire corners from Anthony Harris around the hour mark. First Aspin rose highest to direct a header into the roof of the net for a well deserved goal. Then centre back Lyam Teixceira had to stoop down low to reach the ball to fire his side 4-1 ahead with a great header.
Steve Flynn then got his second and his sides fifth of the day when Aspin was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box. Flynn stood up to take the spot kick and sent the keeper the wrong way. Lewis Brailey then combined well with second half substitute Dan Molyneaux who found himself completely unmarked in the box and slotted past the keeper to make the score 6-1.
Manager Shane Sheridan must have been pleased with his side’s athletic performance, they never looked under any real pressure from the visiting side, and played some fantastic one touch football to dispatch of their opponents.