Lymo off the mark . . . at football!
Lymington Cricket Club have won their first match of the season at the Sports Ground. Mind you, they were playing football not cricket!
Dom Di Maria,
Martin Hunt (c),
Luigi Di Maria,
Steve Jenkin, Martin Gregory,
Coach: Adie Hunt
A squad of 17 cricketers gathered at the Sports Ground for the match under floodlights against a Lymington Town Veterans XI, and in an exciting end-to-end contest the Cricket Club triumphed 4-3.
The Cricketers took the lead inside quarter of an hour when Paul Sturmey's cross-cum-shot was deflected past the Veterans' keeper Enda Ryan. This came just minutes after Wayne Smith had brilliantly pushed a penalty round the post. The footballers hit back strongly and soon equalised, only for Matt Molloy to restore the Cricket Club lead with a stunning right foot effort from the edge of the box. Adam Derbyshire, guesting for the Veterans, hit a post but the Cricket Club were otherwise untroubled and went in ahead at the break.
Substitute Bryn Derbyshire made an instant impact early in the second half, blasting the ball home from 15 yards after a storming run. The footballers - who included Bashley cricketer Graham Pardy in their line up - hit back with a second goal to leave the match delicately poised, but Derbyshire's towering header restored Lymington's two goal advantage. Some slack marking saw the Veterans peg the score back to 4-3, but with Dave Griffiths in imperious form in the heart of the defence, the Cricket Club held on for a deserved victory.
Man of the match for the Cricket Club was undoubtedly goalie Wayne Smith, although twinkle toes Molloy in midfield also drew praise from the small but perfectly formed crowd. Steve Jenkins showed a few touches of class, but not enough to prevent him from being substituted at half-time. Importantly, none of the cricketers sustained any injuries ahead of the new season and it proved to be a useful fitness workout, as well as a good bridge-building exercise between the football and cricket clubs. It is hoped that the fixture will become an annual event.
The Cricket Club would like to thank Derek Webb for organising and refereeing the match.
Lymo (in blue) on the defensive with a headed clearance
Extract from the Game Program
Meet the Squad...
Adam Derbyshire: Dodgy local estate agent. Expect Adam to try to flog the trainer's dugout to a first-time buyer for £195,000.
Bryn Derbyshire: Narrowly escaped losing his licence recently after being caught speeding. Incredibly, in 10 seconds of madness Bryn secured more points than Saints got in August, September, October and November.
Dom Di Maria: Works in a hospital. Very likely to meet some of his team-mates on the ward tomorrow morning.
Luigi Di Maria: Fiery Italian. Could change sides at half-time.
Meg Gannaway: Has been on a rigorous fitness campaign recently. Therefore the Lymington cricketer most likely to play badly for longest.
Martin Gregory: The finest rock star to come out of Sway since... er... um... Was once described as having the voice of an angel. Juan Pablo Angel, that is.
Dave Griffiths: Southampton Rugby Club's kicking expert. If we get a penalty expect to see the ball flying into Avenue Road.
Adie Hunt: Has the rare distinction of having played football at Wembley and cricket at Lords. Works in the tennis racket manufacturing trade, but unlikely to pull any strings tonight.
Martin Hunt: The Darren Anderton of the team: local boy; sweet left foot; almost certain to be injured putting on his socks.
Steve Jenkin: Skill, pace, agility and a great football brain are just four attributes that Jenky lacks. Thinks he's Ronaldo - plays more like Ronald MacDonaldo.
John Law: Body builder with very big muscles. I'm saying nothing!
Matt Molloy: David Beckham's hair, Victoria Beckham's legs.
Simon Naylor: Just joined Lymo from Brockenhurst. Won't be used to the flat pitch. Will probably wander off looking for moles and rare species of ants.
Christian Pain: More of a hockey player than a footballer, so should get plenty of stick (geddit?). Comes from Hyde in the middle of the Forest so should be well used to all the donkeys around him tonight.
Trevor Phillips: Was tragically forced out of the game at an early age due to a terrible lack of ability. Looks like Steve Stone, plays like Sharon Stone.
Lloyd Scott: 16 year old Lloyd recently received the coveted Best Colt in Senior Cricket award. Will have to improve his drinking technique before he can become a true great at Lymington CC.
Wayne Smith: Not the first fat bloke called Wayne to be seen between the posts at the Sports Ground. Has taken the old goalkeeping adage 'make yourself big' far too literally.
Paul Sturmey: If he kicks a football like he bowls a cricket ball God help the residents of Southampton Road.
Tony Thorp: Many sportsmen in the twilight of their careers would love to be able to turn back the clock. For used car dealer Thorpy this is an everyday occurrence. Will probably start the game but, like one of his motors, is unlikely to go the whole distance.
Tom Thorp: Recently described as having a 'Busted' hairstyle. When he passes his driving test he's likely to have a car to match.