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Hamble halted by Reynolds strike
1:53am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
Andover Lions 1 Hamble Club 1.
Lions became the first team to take points off Hamble this season when they drew a competitive match at Charlton.
Ray Cozze was again without Gary Lane and Jamie Pollard and suffered a further blow when Casson Spencer failed a pre match fitness test. However Mark Bowsher signed again during the week and went straight into the midfield.
Andover had the worst possible start, falling behind after just three minutes when Luke Watts beat the offside line and finished crisply.
To their credit they responded well and within six minutes were back on level terms when the in-form Dan Reynolds ran onto a Sam Pike pass and lobbed the onrushing keeper.
Both well organised defences kept the forwards at bay and when they were breached Kneller and Andy Burt were in fine form between the posts.
Hamble went close twice within a minute but Lions survived both efforts with Burt again well positioned to deny Crook.
There were appeals for a penalty turned down by Emily Hughes who was having a difficult time controlling two determined teams then Watts went close when a weak Lions’ corner was cleared quickly and the centre forward caught Andover on the break.
Lions then had Alex Campbell dismissed with ten minutes to go just as he was being substituted for Reece Rusher, son of former Andover favourite Vince to make his debut.
This led to a frantic finish with Andover happy to hang on to the point. Hamble hit the post in a goalmouth scramble two minutes from time which proved to be their last chance.
Boss Ray Cozze was happy with the point and even more so with the manner in which it was gained. “We needed a big performance after the disappointment of last week and we certainly got one today.
“The early goal for Hamble asked some big questions about my boy’s hearts and they answered those by getting back in to the match so quickly and then taking the game to Hamble.
“We were up against a very good team today and we matched them all over the park with a real team performance.
“We’ll take the point given the late dismissal and Alex knows he let us down and he needs to learn from this.”
Andover Lions host Liphook United Res, kick off 2pm in the Hampshire Intermediate Cup on Saturday