A TYLER Sibbick header seven minutes from time stole all three points for Larkhall as they beat Swindon Supermarine 2-1 in Southern League Division One South & West tonight.
Marine went in front through captain Ross Adams in the first half at the Webb’s Wood Stadium and were much the better side before the break. However, Larkhall hit back in the second period and, after Rob Hobbs levelled for the guests, Sibbick pounced late on to claim the spoils.
It was slightly unfair on Dave Webb’s hosts, who passed the ball around with flair in the first half, but they were unable to keep up with their opponents as the match ran its course.
Marine took the lead in the 28th minute, having taken charge of the game after a strong opening 10 minutes from their guests.
Josh Morse floated in a corner from the right wing and Adams muscled his way to the ball at the back post to head past Alex Shaftoe in the Larkhall goal.
The hosts dominated the rest of the match through until half-time, as Harry Etheridge missed a golden chance at the back post from Bradley Gray’s corner, the midfielder headed wide when unmarked six yards out.
Luke Hopper was denied by Shaftoe after the visiting keeper spilled a tame Morse daisy-cutter into his path and the striker nodded wide from a set-piece in the dying moments of the half.
Marine were almost made to pay for their profligacy within three minutes of the interval, as Larkhall’s Jamie Lyons skewed a close-range volley horribly over when he was left completely unmarked following a left-wing corner.
And, though they created a couple of half-chances in the ensuing quarter of an hour, they struggled to reach the high levels of performance they had managed in the opening period.
Larkhall took advantage of Marine’s difficulties to keep hold of possession and levelled the tie in the 62nd minute. A back post corner was this time poorly defended by the hosts and Hobbs had time and space to lash a knock-down past Sam Warrell.
Lyons spurned his second gilt-edged sight of goal with 15 minutes remaining, blazing over from just inside the Marine box following Adams’s slip, as the visitors looked the more likely to notch a late second.
And eventually they broke through the home defences. In the 83rd minute Sibbick, impressive throughout, guided a deft header past Warrell. It was enough to win the game for Larkhall.