Ringwood Town 2-3 New Milton Town
New Milton striker Steve Flynn struck a double as the Linnets snatched all three points to maintain their unbeaten start to the Sydenhams Wessex League Season.
Flynn won the penalty in the 84th minute and stepped up to slot past Ringwood keeper Tom Edmonds to score his second penalty and fourth goal in two games.
Both sides started the game brightly, first Flynn played in Brad Aspin who saw his effort saved and then Charlie Heggan saw his brilliant curling effort saved by visiting keeper Kieran Burgess. Ringwood then took the lead when Lee Vint was played straight through the middle of the park in the ninth minute, and slotted the ball home past the onrushing Burgess.
Ringwood then failed to make a spell of domination count against their opponents, first Matt Steer went round one defender in the box but managed to shoot straight at Burgess. Vint’s volley then sparked a goalmouth scramble in the box, before Steer had his shot cleared in the 27th minute.
The Linnets would then make the home side pay for not making their chances count when Aspin set up fellow wide man Micky Finch who connected perfectly for the volley to fly in past the stranded keeper to make the score 1-1.
Ringwood flew out of the blocks in the second half when, in the 49th minute, Ben Harris raced down the left flank to set up River Smith who had two bites of the cherry when Burgess saved his first effort, but could do nothing about Smith’s rebound.
Both sides then created a host of chances, first Vint found himself straight through on goal, only to be stopped at the last second with a perfectly timed tackle from Linnets centre half Lyam Teixceira. Then Dominic Falco had a shot saved by the Ringwood keeper, only for the lines man to rule Falco offside afterwards.
Steve Flynn then fired New Milton level when he was played onside and managed to take the ball past the defender and the goalkeeper for slotting home a tidy finish to make the score 2-2 and set up an intense end to the game.
Flynn then won and scored his penalty with six minutes of the game left to go, and Ringwood finished the game with 10 men after Lee Clark talked himself into the referees book with dissent.