Lympstone's Hyde seals thrilling derby win with sweet strike
PUBLISHED: 08:57 15 December 2011
Lympstone were involved in a thrilling game of five goals that eventually saw them emerge 3-2 winners against Offwell Rangers.
The Lympets often have such encounters with Offwell and both teams set their stalls up early on to look to take a foot-hold in the game.
Both sides created early chances but it was Offwell who broke the deadlock with a long ball down the middle that was knocked past Jordan Hockhold in the home goal.
The reaction was good and it was a case of miss-fortune in front of goal as the home side created a number of chances but they did eventually restore parity a powerful shot from Chris Hooker took a wicked deflection and nestled in the back of the Offwell net.
The remainder of the first half was end-to-end but the Lympets back four of Phillips, Hobbs, Hardisty, the sun-tanned Stuart Tuckett, were equal to anything the visitors had to offer and Hockhold was his usual reliable self between the posts.
After the break the hard working strike pair of John Greenslade and Dale Evans were given a rest and fresh legs were introduced in the shape of Hyde and Fellows.
It did not take Hyde long to find space out on the left and he and Mark Dunne worked well together opening the visitors up on a number of occasions.
The host’s lack of a finish was then punished as another long ball down the middle was latched onto by an Offwell player and his low drive beat Hockhold to once again give Offwell the advantage.
Once more the response was swift, and clinical. A long down field pu8nt from Hockhold found Dunne and he guided the ball home to make it 2-2.
Fittingly, the goal that won a thrilling encounter was of the highest order! The ball began at the Lympets back line before finding its way to Hyde who then progressed some 40 yards deep into Offwell territory before rifling it into the net for the winner!
A delighted Lympstone boss Duane Greenside said: “It really was a magnificent performance. One very much of a never-say-die attitude. I thought Dale Evans, called up from the Reserves, put in a great shift. Hill and Canning played bug parts but, for me, the Man of the Match was the industrious Mark Dunne, he had a great game.”
On Saturday the Lympets head for a league game at Sandford after which the squad go on their Christmas Night out, victory in Mid Devon will make Saturday night’s party go all the merrier!