Goal glut as Lions sign off with double figures

Andover Advertiser: Josh Hind nods in Lions' third against Michelmersh and Timsbury Josh Hind nods in Lions' third against Michelmersh and Timsbury

Michelmersh and Tims 4 Andover Lions 10.

Andover Lions rounded off their Hampshire League Division One campaign on Tuesday night with a double figure haul against Michelmersh and Timsbury.

In a game played at the former home of Wellow FC, Lions found themselves 2-0 down inside eight minutes through strikes from Sam Day and Matt Williams, but once they settled the result was never in doubt.

John Robb nodded in a corner on 15 minutes and, despite losing Danny Lewis early, they took control.

With Matt Scott on as substitute the home side had few answers and midway through the half he was involved as Ryan Steele equalised.

Just past the half hour Lions again went to sleep at the back and a looping effort from Mark Turnbull put Michelmersh in front once again but by the break it was 4-3 as Hind headed in a Darren Paris corner and, directly from the restart, home defender Paul Crook’s comical own goal put Lions ahead.

After the break it was a case of how many as Hind made it five around the hour mark and, as the home side tired and tried three different goalkeepers, the game turned into a farce as they had no answer to Scott once he ventured up front.

With 15 minutes left substitute Reece Rusher cooly netted the sixth but Michelmersh were not finished and Day curled in a free-kick to make it 6-4 with ten minutes left.

That was the extent of their good news as Scott went on a spree with a six minute hat-trick including a stunning volley from an Alex Campbell cross.

It left Steele to roll in the final goal to give Lions double figures and complete a season which promised much early on but was untimately stymied by the mid winter rains.

Kerry Miller

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