Dawes stars as Lympstone see off students
PUBLISHED: 08:45 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:45 13 November 2014
After a wet miserable morning that saw the majority of Fresha League games fall foul to the conditions, Endurance Park was the setting for Lympstone, looking for revenge over Exeter University in their Division One meeting.
The game started with the visitors having the better of things, playing a quick-passing game, applying constant pressure and delivering ball after ball into the Stones box.
However, they were unable to get the better of a solid home back line that dealt comfortably with the threat.
Lympstone, on the counter-attack, took the lead with central defender Pat Dawes netting from a corner.
The goal gave the Lympets a clear lift and they swiftly doubled their advantage when strike dup Reece Clark and Aaron Saunders combined well prior to the latter ending up in a one-on-one with the students gloves man, a battle he won in style to make it 2-0.
During the break skipper Danny Bowden urged his team to keep doing the basics well.
The second half began with the students continuing to pass the ball well, but again without really hurting the hosts who used the counter-attack to great effect and continually carried a threat.
The home midfield came into their own, stifling any hopes the visitors had of a comeback and, thanks to a stunning double save from goalkeeper Scotty Clayton, there was no way back for the students until, with the clock ticking down, the deficit was halved.
That set up a frenetic last few minutes, but it was no more than the Lympets deserved when the final whistle blew to signal a sweet 2-1 success.
Defender Pat Dawes was named the Lympstone Man of the Match and the victory sets the side up well for this Saturday’s intriguing home local derby against Exmouth Amateurs.