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Reynolds treble brings three more points
4:20pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
Andover Lions 4 Univ of Portsmouth 3.
Andover Lions continued their 100 per cent winning start with a hard earned victory against a useful University of Portsmouth side at a rain soaked Charlton on Saturday.
The win keeps them in the early leading pack but the style of their victory was far less fluent than their two previous victories.
Andover found it difficult to settle and were fortunate not to go behind when Jack Woodward floated a free-kick on to the bar from the edge of the area. Andover’s first real effort came midway through the half when a Jamie Pollard free-kick was deflected just wide.
Just past the half hour they fell behind to a counter attack as the impressive Woodward lashed home a volley from 20 yards. Choppy Reynolds was wide soon after but Keith Harrison broke up an attack on the edge of the area and fed Darren Paris who hit a 40 yard pass for Reynolds to run onto and neatly finish. The second half started in a huge thunderstorm and the Lions gradually gained the upper hand. The students had a goal ruled out for offside before Andover brought on Casson Spencer on his return and last season’s top scorer was soon busy asking questions of the visitor’s defence. Reynolds then grabbed his, and Andover’s second with a bullet header from a Pollard corner only for Portsmouth to draw level within two minutes when Robinson ran through unchallenged. Almost immediately Gary Lane was fouled in the area and Paris comfortably despatched the penalty. The goals continued and Andover grabbed another from a corner when Spencer flicked on Paris’s delivery to Reynolds who neatly turned in his hat- trick goal. Portsmouth still had time to grab their third deep in injury time leaving the Lions with a nervy ending.
Boss Ray Cozze was pleased to get the points but less pleased with this week’s performance: “We didn’t play with the fluency today that we have shown previously but we ground out a result against a useful team and we will need to tighten up at the back when we meet the top teams. “We always look like scoring though and that’s a big plus.
“We have pace up front and scored three goals from set pieces so that was a positive to take forward. It’s going to be a tight league this season, we’ve won three out of three and are still only fourth.”