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"Not a good day" as nine man Robins go down at Ringwood
Stockbridge had a game to forget at Ringwood Town on Saturday in the Wessex League Division One.
“When you are 2-0 down inside 12 minutes and down to ten men you really know it is not going to be your day” admitted joint boss Terry Chapman after his side eventually went down to a 4-2 defeat which drops them to seventh in the league.
In fact the Robins ended the game with nine after Daryl Phillips was sent off for swearing at a linesman late in the second half leaving the home side to close out the game with a late goal of their own which lifts them up to ninth.
Matt Steer gave his side the lead early on with a freak goal which bounced on a divot and over Adam Smith before Chris Baily made it two four minutes later.
Returning centre half Liam Hall lasted only a further four minutes as he was sent off after conceding a penalty, which was missed before Robins got their game together and began to play.
“Ben Thompson was by far the best player on the park” said Chapman “and his crosses and wide play was causing all kinds of problems and from one a home defender scored for us to make it 2-1 around the half hour.”
Ringwood’s best player Alex Robertson was also having a significant affect on the game and he made it 3-1 but the Robins still felt they were in the game and Thompson’s 25 yard half-volley set them up for a grandstand second half which they dominated with the elements in their favour, but after Philips went Robertson added the fourth with minutes left.
“A few were off the boil today and we were missing Dean Higgins but it was just not a good day and was a long way to come to be seemingly out of the game inside 15 minutes” said Chapman whose side entertain Andover New Street in the North Hants Senior Cup on Wednesday and Andover Town in the league at the Rec on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.