Carter bemoans familiar story as Horndean are punished

Kev Chatfield, left, in his more familiar role of Horndean defender. Picture: Mick Young (14311-04)
Kev Chatfield, left, in his more familiar role of Horndean defender. Picture: Mick Young (14311-04)
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Dave Carter refused to make excuses for his Horndean side after they gifted Lymington Town a late leveller in the Wessex League premier division.

Mark Smith and Dan Martin put the Deans on course for victory after they had slipped behind to a Sam Floyd goal.

But Tom Smith was then given the freedom of Five Heads Park to beat stand-in keeper Kev Chatfield at the death.

Smith and James Davis had glorious chances to win it for the Linnets, too, but the Deans held on for a point.

Not that it was much consolation for Carter.

He said: ‘We should have won it. The lads created enough chances but our finishing let us down.

‘That’s the story of our season so far.

‘We seem to relax at critical times and instead of finishing teams off, let them back in.

‘It is something we can’t seem to put right.

‘But after being cut to ribbons by Sholing last time out, at least we have put that behind us and taken a point in a match against a hard-working side like Lymington.

‘I’m disappointed yes but there are no excuses.

‘We were short of several injured players but it’s no good going on about it, what’s important is we get ourselves sorted and get a result here against Newport tomorrow.’

Floyd opened the scoring for the visitors on 15 minutes before Horndean bounced by with a quality strike of their own – Mark Smith racing clear to beat Alastair Pugi.

George Way teed yp Martin to head home midway through the second half as the hosts hit the front.

But misses from Nathan Paxton and Alex Miroy were costly as Tom Smith had the final say for the Linnets.

Elsewhere, Jamie Musselwhite grabbed a hat-trick as AFC Portchester drew 3-3 at Downton.

‘To be fair we responded well after a disastrous start when we conceded twice in the first 10 minutes,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘We are not playing brilliantly but showing good spirit and commitment.

‘In the end we could easily have won the game.’