BATH time at Bolitho as Parkway make it 9 wins in a row
Full Match Report
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In front of an encouraging attendance of 421, Parkway entertained 16th placed Lymington Town looking to make it 9 consecutive wins and maintain their playoff hopes. The reverse fixture saw Parkway come away with a 4-1 victory with 3 goals coming in the last 20 minutes after being 1-1 at half time. Parkway made 2 changes from their last gasp victory against Larkhall Athletic on Tuesday with Adam Carter and Gabby Rogers staring in place of Tom Bath and Ethan Mitchell respectively.
The game got off to a lively start with Parkway winning an early free kick and Ryan Lane’s effort being headed behind for a corner. The visitors responded on 6 minutes with Callum Stratton cutting in from the left and seeing his shot comfortably saved by Kyle Moore. Parkway began to take control of midfield with Matt Andrew and Rogers prominent and on 13 minutes a corner saw the ball cleared to Mikey Williams who linked well with Rogers whose low shot was well saved by Amadeusz Skrzyniarz. With the visitors looking to pack the midfield and play on the break, Parkway continued to dominate possession but were unable to penetrate the solid Lymington back line. With both sides competing strongly in midfield, Andrew picked up the game’s first yellow card on 15 minutes after a robust challenge.
The first clear chance came on 22 minutes when a jinking run from Williams ended with his shot being blocked on the line and cleared to Lane whose strike from 25 yards was tipped over by the keeper. Parkway continued to threaten and on 24 minutes a slick passage of play down the right between Finley Craske, Rogers and Williams saw Craske’s cross find Carter whose shot from 10 yards was cleared off the line. With Parkway continuing to control the game, on 26 minutes the busy Andrew linked well with Craske whose left footed shot was parried away by Skrzyniarz with Carter blasting the loose ball well over from close range.
Lymington continued to work hard in midfield and defend in numbers as Parkway remained patient looking to create scoring opportunities. With play going through an untidy phase, Tim Stephenson saw yellow for a foul on Andrew on 28 minutes with the visiting manager also cautioned for remarks made to the referee after being warned previously. Parkway continued to dominate possession and look to create openings but Lymington remained solid at the back restricting the hosts to a couple of long range efforts.
On 39 minutes a rare break forward by Lymington saw a cross from the left drop on to the top of the net with Moore having it well covered. Andrew and Williams then linked well to set up Billy Palfrey whose shot from 20 yards was comfortably saved. On 41 minutes a well struck free kick by Toby Bailey from the edge of the 18 yard area was deflected behind for a corner with the visitors forcing 2 more corners in their first real period of pressure in the half but still unable to unduly test Moore.
In the 4 minutes of stoppage time Parkway created 2 more good chances. Firstly Lane intercepted a wayward pass on the left, drove forward at pace and squared the ball to Williams who was unfortunate to see his first time rising strike from around 15 yards cannon back off the cross bar and away to safety. The final action saw a flowing move along the right between Palfrey, Rogers and Williams ending with Carter somehow just failing to get a touch to Palfrey’s dangerous cross into the 6 yard area.
A frustrating half for Parkway who despite dominating possession and creating a number of half chances were unable to breach the Lymington defence with the visitors content to absorb pressure, close down quickly in midfield and play on the counter.
The first chance of the second half came from the visitors with Bailey shooting just wide from around 20 yards. On 53 minutes Parkway made an early double substitution with Bath and Mitchell replacing Carter and Andrew respectively. Mitchell slotted into a holding midfield role releasing Palfrey to play further forward. The changes made an almost immediate impact as Parkway took the lead on 56 minutes. A raking cross field diagonal pass from Palfrey found Lane racing clear along the left with his quality first time cross into the 6 yard area seeing Bath time his run to perfection and side foot home from close range with his first touch since coming on. Lymington made their first change around the hour mark with George Britton replacing Callum Davies. On 65 minutes a Lymington break along the right saw a cross into the 18 yard but with no one in support, Moore was able to gather comfortably. Parkway made their final change on 66 minutes with Harrison Davis replacing Rogers who had worked hard throughout.
Arguably against the run of play Lymington drew level on 69 minutes. A long ball forward saw Parkway appealing unsuccessfully for off side which caused hesitation and confusion at the back between the defenders and Moore allowing Harrison Cable to nip in and prod home from around 10 yards. The goal seemed to unsettle Parkway and galvanise the visitors with substitute Britton going clear along the right and shooting just over on 71 minutes with Dylan Walker replacing Stratton shortly after. With Parkway looking to regain their composure, on 73 minutes a break along the right saw Craske’s shot deflected behind with the corner being overhit and coming to nothing.
With Parkway continuing to play at high tempo and Lymington looking to slow the game down, the keeper appeared to have picked up an injury in a goalmouth scramble and remained down only to be eventually yellow carded presumably for time wasting. Parkway continued to apply pressure winning a corner on 77 minutes which was only half cleared and then recycled with the persistent Jack Crago being clumsily challenged in the penalty area. Palfrey continued his recent run of successful penalty conversions by driving home the spot kick to put Parkway back into the lead.
With the game opening up, Parkway continued to apply pressure against a tiring Lymington defence and increased their lead on 84 minutes. A free kick from the right saw Michael Landricombe send his header goalwards with Crago glancing a header home from close range. Parkway rounded the game off in style on 88 minutes. Good awareness by Bath played in Williams who set off on a penetrating run into the 18 yard area, evaded a couple of tackles and showing quick feet he cleverly rounded the keeper which sat him down and tapped in from close range to cap a fine individual performance.
Yet another competent Parkway performance against well organised, determined opponents who competed well throughout and proved hard to break down. Parkway once again remained patient and composed, displaying desire and durability by clinching the game with 3 goals in the last 12 minutes and the substitutes playing their part. With the top 5 all winning today, Parkway remain in 2nd spot 2 points adrift of Frome Town but with 2 games still in hand. The first of those comes this Tuesday when 14th placed Evesham United visit Bolitho Park where a Parkway win would see them top the table for the first time this season. The reverse fixture back in October saw a 3-1 win for Evesham in what was arguably Parkway’s worst performance of the season.
The relentless schedule then continues next Saturday in what could prove to be pivotal game in the final run in to the end of the season when Parkway visit 3rd placed Cirencester Town who are currently a point behind but have played 2 games more. The reverse fixture in November saw a narrow 1-0 Parkway win which was Cirencester’s first league defeat of the season. Hold tight!
Parkway: 1 Moore, 2 Craske, Lane, 4 Palfrey, 5 Rose, 6 Landricombe (©), 7 Williams, 8 Andrew (Mitchell 53), 20 Carter (Bath 53) 10 Rogers (Davis 66), 11 Crago
Substitutes: 12 Davis, 13 Duffey (gk) (unused), 14 Mitchell, 15 Bath, Smith (unused)
Lymington: 1 Skrzyniarz, 2 Drake, 3 Churchill, 4 Bailey, 5 Green, 6 Fuller, 7 Davies (©) (Britton 59), 8 Biss, 9 Stephenson, 10 Cable, 11 Stratton (Walker)
Substitutes: 12 Shearer (unused), 14 Walker, 15 Britton, 16 Brookes (unused), 17 King (unused).