Lympets drought ended as Upottery are edged out

PUBLISHED: 20:44 05 January 2011

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A WAIT that has been fractionally over eight weeks is finally over at Lympstone Football Club.

The Lympets had spent a couple of days shy of two months without a Devon and Exeter League, Division Three win. Indeed they had played out the last four games without scoring a goal and so a bank Holiday Monday 3-2 win over Upottery was a very welcome New Year gift for all concerned at the club.

From the first minute Duane Greenslade’s side were clearly up for the challenge. The ball was being pinged around at will and it did not take long for the hosts to turn their honest endeavour and industry into goals when a low drive across the box from Josh Fuller was deflected into the net by an Upottery defender and then persistent pressure from Adam Croft forced an error and he slotted home from ten yards.

It might well have been even better for the home faithful but a combination of poor decision making when in good attacking situations, coupled with some excellent goal keeping by the Upottery glovesman meant that the advantage was just the two goals.

Just before the break harry Mills was adjudged to have handled the bal in the area, he protested his innocence, trying to make the point that it had been his chest but the spot kick was awarded and duly tucked away to send the sides into the break with the hosts leading 2-1.

The visitors, galvanised by their pre-break goal, then levelled things up after a lightning quick break and a clinical finish.

That goal might well have been the signal for the Lympets to fall apart but the opposite applied as they quickly found a new gear and went in search of a winning goal.

It duly arrived courtesy of Jamie Alford who marked his first outing for the side with the winning goal.

A delighted Lympets boss, Duane Greenslade said: “We deserved that. The lads have been magnificent over the past few months and never allowed an apparent run of terrible bad luck to get the better of them. Against Upottery it all came good and I am so pleased for the players.”

Steve Hardisty was named the Lympstone Man of the Match and next up for Greenslade’s men, who have a day off this coming Saturday, is a home game against Chard Town Thirds the week after (January 15).

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