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Hapless Poppies shoot themselves in the foot
WHILE Lymington hat-trick hero James Davis may have walked off with the man-of-the-match plaudits, a host of hapless Poppies players staked their claims for the chump-of-the-day award.
Although visiting goalkeeper Kenny Vaughan had a couple of ground-open-up-and-swallow-me moments, a number of his team-mates were equally as culpable during this error-strewn display.
No fewer than three of Lymington’s goals were born of a defensive ineptitude that angered Poppies boss Ken Vaughan during a performance every bit as wretched as the result it secured.
It was like a scene from the Keystone Cops as the festival of unforced errors saw goalkeeper Vaughan and defender Gareth Batchelor gift Lymington a 2-0 lead inside the opening 13 minutes.
Lee New pounced for the opener after Vaughan had spilled a routine Ed Stacey strike before Davis seized on Batchelor’s suicidal headed backpass to double their lead.
And when the time came for Poppies to stand up and be counted, all some of their experienced players could do was to drop their heads and throw in the towel.
Fawzi Saadi missed a sitter on the stroke of half-time before Vaughan was again betrayed by his own handling as the ball squirmed through his grasp from Steve Allen’s shot, allowing Davis to add a third.
Enough was enough for his manager and father, with the Poppies stopper unceremoniously hauled off and replaced by Jamie Bray.
Davis added his third and Lymington’s fourth in the closing stages before Martin Warren laid claim to netting the goal of the game, scant consolation for a club which is on course to surrender without a fight the only unbroken stay in the top flight of the Wessex League since its inception in 1986.
Poppies: Vaughan (Bray, 55), Ayrton (Andrews, 89), Jackson, Burgis, Batchelor, Saadi, Ingram, Ward, Warren, Robinson (Pearce, 89), Phillips. Unused subs: Cooper, Turner.
Lymington: Williamson, Stacey, Rizzo, Pancaldi, White, Allen, New (Jones, 67), Fry, Davis, Sims (Maurin, 80), Geteski. Unused subs: Huggins, Field.
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