Hobbs nets as Lympstone win at Alphington

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 04 December 2014

Football or soccer ball at the kickoff of a game - outdoors

Football or soccer ball at the kickoff of a game - outdoors

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Lympstone were deserved 1-0 winners when they travelled to Alphington for a Fresha League Division One game.

What made the victory all the more impressive was the fact that the Stones travelled with a number of regulars absent and the contest was also played on a heavy surface that made playing a slick passing game impossible.

Alphington started well without creating any clear cut chances. Lympstone gradually grew in confidence and their hard work was rewarded half an hour in when birthday boy Rich Hudson delivered a fine cross that was headed beyond the keeper by Mark Hobbs.

After the break there was more of the same with the Alphas enjoying plenty of the ball but again they were unable too many chances of note, and, on the odd occasion they did get past a disciplined back line they found Lympstone goalkeeper Scotty Clayton more than equal to their best efforts.

With Alphington pressing the Lympstone front two of Andy Lowe and Reece Clark tracked back exceptionally well to help their team mates out and then they looked to break with pace on the counter-attack. Alphington pressed and pressed, but Clayton and his back line stood firm, and, despite needing the upright to keep a late chance out, fully deserved his latest clean sheet.

The award of Man of the Match could have gone to any of the Lympstone players who all put a serious shift in for the cause, but it went to the scorer of the games only goals, Mark Hobbs.

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