TWO Mike Gosney goals secured the points for Andover as they inflicted Lymington’s first league defeat of the season as in the process recorded their eighth straight win of their Wessex League Premier campaign.

In their previous game Lymington found the net six times, but never looked likely to stage a repeat in this match.

Apart from a spell midway through the second half they were always second best and have their goalkeeper Ross Casey to thank for the fact that the final result remained respectable.

In the early stages it was an excellent save by Lloyd Thomas that prevented Lymington scoring the vital first goal but for the rest of the first half Thomas was not seriously troubled.

After a couple of near misses Andover took the lead with 20 minutes gone.

They were given a free-kick around 25 yards out in a central position and Gosney’s strike sailed into the top corner.

Shortly before half time Gosney had the chance of a repeat from an identical position but that time his trajectory was slightly off line.

Before that Zach Glasspool and Reece Rusher gave the home side some anxious moments and a lot to think about during the interval.

Within a minute of the resumption Sam House should have scored the equaliser but despite having the time he blazed his effort over the bar.

Lymington were then caught ball watching as Rusher ran half the length of the field bit Casey came out to narrow the angle and smother the goal attempt.

With 30 minutes left Lymington were awarded a penalty.Thomas guessed correctly but House converted the spot kick.

This lead to a significant period of Lymington pressure during which there were times when Andover rode their luck.

Eventually Andover regrouped and Glasspool twice and Alex Dockree were thwarted by Casey.

With 15 minutes left another Andover attack appeared to be breaking down before Rusher spotted Gosney wide on the left and unmarked.

Rusher threaded the ball through and Gosney hit a venomous volley that left the agile Casey rooted to his line to complete the 2-1 win.

Town are on their travels on Saturday to Portland and then entertain Westbury in the Southampton Senior Cup on Wednesday evening.

Andover New Street are back in action after blank weekend and entertain East Cowes Vics on Saturday.