Match Report: Poole leave it late as Lee snatches the points

Swindon Supermarine 0

Poole Town 1

Southern League Premier South | MD11 | 09/10/21 |

Tony Lee’s goal at the death saw Poole edge past playoff chasers Swindon Supermarine in an extremely tight game.

The absence of Mark Childs forced Poole’s hand, drafting in ex-Swansea goalkeeper Alex Rutter to start between the sticks.

Corby Moore served the last match of this three game ban, meaning Killick had the most options available to him for some time.

With only two places and two points separating the sides in the league table it seemed the two sides would be evenly matched, and so the opening 45 minutes proved.

Neither side generated much of note, with both defences smothering attackers when they broke through. Conor McDonagh again impressed throughout, and came closest to producing anything of note when his shot fired from a tight angle dipped as it flew over the bar.

The second half saw some early excitement when McDonagh saw a cross evolve into a shot that cannoned off the far post, but again the early stages of the second period followed the caginess of the first.

A cynical challenge by Jamie Edge on Luke Holmes gave Poole a free-kick right on the edge of the box, but Dolphins could not use the set-piece to their advantage.

Bookings were the only real excitement of the first hour of play – Jack Dickson entered the book for a 50/50 challenge, the referees mind being made up by the crowd of Supermarine players baying for blood.

Stand-in Rutter hadn’t much to do beyond sweeping up loose balls, but he dropped down fantastically well to deny McDonagh at near post in the game’s first clear cut chance.

McDonagh should have grabbed the opener when he was left unmarked in the box with ten minutes to go. Despite having plenty of space and time, McDonagh flashed a header wide from eight yards.

With time ticking down it looked like the sides would share the spoils, but both sides kept searching for a winner.

In the end it would be the away side who would snatch the points via man in form Tony Lee.

Poole broke forward at breakneck pace, switching the play out wide to substitute Bedford. The midfielder drifted back into the middle, fashioning in Lee – who lashed the ball into the far corner.

A fine strike worthy of winning any game, the win sends Poole up to fourth in the league table.

Dolphins: Rutter, Rose, Genesini, Spetch, Whisken, Bartlett, Carmichael, Lee, Burbidge (Bedford 74′), Dickson, Holmes (Fletcher 87′)

Subs: Wickham, Butler (g/k), Jackson, Fletcher

Swindon Supermarine: Horsell, Hopkins (Kotwica 59′), Hall, Edge, Duffus, Liddiard, Ball,Hooper, Pratt, McDonagh, Campbell (Williams 69′)

Subs: Zebroski, Dowling, Spalding,

Goalscorers: Lee 89’

Bookings: Duffus 44′, Edge 55′; Dickson 62′

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