Lympets slip to disappointing defeat

PUBLISHED: 19:02 28 September 2011

Budleigh action Tim Neild

Budleigh action Tim Neild

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Lympstone ended up a well beaten side when they went down 5-2 at home to North Tawton.

What made the result the harder to swallow was that, when the two sides met last season in the cup, the Lympets prospered to the tune of a 9-1 win.

The visitors were bright from the off and had the chance to take a fifth minute lead from the penalty spot. However, Jordan Hockhold made a stunning save to keep the ball out.

Somewhat against then run of play the Lympets took the lead when a Chris Hooker corner was headed home by Ben Canning.

Parity was restored by the break with the visitors scoring a fine equaliser.

Boss Duane Greenslade did his best to prompt more from his p[layers but the second half started as the first had done with the visitors looking the more likely.

Their apparent greater desire all over then pitch saw them score three times to race into a 4-1 lead.

There were some notable exceptions amongst a sluggish Lympets show. None more so than from the returning Tuckett in defence whilst Josh Hill was industrious in mid-field and Hobbs a willing worker up top.

It was good work from Hill that released Hooper and, after he slipped his marker he chipped the ball over the keeper for Alford to reduce the arrears at 4-2.

Sadly there was to be no comeback as the final word was with North Tawton who struck again to compete the scoring.

A disappointed Greenslade said: “What we delivered was a case of too little, too late. North Tawton deserved what they took away with them as they were, on the day, the better side. Things will have to improve, and quickly and if that means making changes then so be it.”

Keeper Jordan Hockhold emerged as the Lympets man of the Match and Greenslade and his men now prepare for Saturday’s trip to Tedburn St Mary and a much hoped for, improved display.

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