BEMERTON Heath Harlequins continued their recent great form as they beat visiting high flying Lymington Town 2-1 in the Wessex Premier League.

Bemerton had to reshuffle the pack as Joe Rawkins, Seb Dawes and James Lightfoot were all absent. Jack Slade slotted in at centre half and it gave chances to a few players who had not had much game time recently.

The game started at an extremely high tempo, with the first chance going Bemerton’s way when a fine Jacob Rawkins cross was met at the back post by Robinson whose header was inches wide.

As the half progressed Lymington did start to dominate proceedings with their direct style of football.

Rob Crossley in the home goal, a long with the back four were equal to it though and the sides went in at half time level. Bemerton though could probably count them selves lucky.

What ever was said at half time in the home dressing room worked and Bemerton came out for the second half on the front foot.

Robert Matthews was dominating the visiting defence of Walker and Pickett and Bemerton’s wide men were starting to have success. Bemerton got their first goal on the hour mark when captain Jake Burgess shot from the edge of the box, and the visiting goalkeeper was unable to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.

Chances came and went at both ends but it would be the impressive George Plank who would score next for Bemerton.

A quick counter attack was played out wide to sub Jordan Matthews who placed a perfect cross across the goal and Plank who had raced the whole length of the pitch from left back was there to finish it and make it 2-0.

Towards the end of the match Lymington centre half Zac Pickett was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Elliot Cross and with the away dugout extremely unhappy with the decision their manager Dave Lewis was also sent from the dug out.

Lymington would score in the last two minutes when Steve Walker rose highest and headed home a corner, but this was as close as they got.

Manager Rae Hughes said: "This was another good win, took us a while to settle due to the changes that we had to make but again we stood firm against a very physical side.

"We know that we will always create chances with the quality we have throughout the team. To do the double over Lymington who are a top four side in my opinion is a fantastic effort. It’s important now that we continue to fight and finish as high up the table as possible."

On Tuesday night, Bemerton travel to Melksham Town to face Chippenham in the semi-final of the Wiltshire Senior Cup.