Spilsby 2 Billinghay 1
Although the season is still in its infancy Spilsby Town defender Jamie Lyall’s 89th minute winner is already being hailed as one of the best goals ever seen at Ancaster Road.
But what a different story this match commenced with, Spilsby managers Gary Edgeley and John Barker have struggled with team selections this season with a mixture of injuries and suspensions to their key players and it showed in a disjointed first half display by the home team with only the excellence of Magpies stand in keeper Michael Twigge preventing the game being over by half time.
Spilsby went behind in the 10th minute and apart from the occasional prompting from Cobb and the willing running of Dales up front the Billinghay keeper was rarely tested and with Jordan Turner hobbling off with another reoccurrence of a serious knee injury Spilsby’s injury list has lengthened.
However, Edgeley and Barker must have thrown a few cups around at half time as a different side emerged for the second half, a vivid change in attitude and tactics with Richard Hudson now playing as part of three forwards immediately changed the complexion of the match and Billinghay were thrown out of their very comfortable stride.
Hudson was causing problems with his power and movement and Dales was finding far more space and it was no surprise when the equalizer came, Matt Barker with another biting tackle broke up a Billinghay attack and released Hudson who’s fine first time cross was swept into the back of the net from the edge of the area by Dales for a fine team goal. Spilsby’s pressure on the Billinghay goal was now relentless with Dales, Hudson both going close and Cobb who was now running the midfield ably supported by Barker who was breaking up most of the Billinghay attacks with authority.
Despite this dominance the game looked like heading for a draw and manager Edgeley brought himself on for a rare appearance with ten minutes left.
Then came Lyall’s wonder strike, from a cleared Spilsby corner Lyall picked up the ball twenty five yards out and burst through a pack of Billinghay defenders to hit the sort of powerful and accurate shot that no goalkeeper can ever hope to save but only watch it fly into the top corner of the net. A fine conclusion to a very entertaining game.