Lydney Town boss delighted after 'crazy night'

By Liam Ryder in Football

LYDNEY Town manager Mark Lee says the monkey is off his back after ending a decade-long trophy drought last week.

Lydney won the Hellenic Floodlit Cup after a nail-biting final that needed a penalty shoot-out to settle matters against Flackwell Heath.

Town fell behind to the former Hellenic Premier champions but battled back to level the score twice, then took a 3-2 lead before finally drawing 3-3.

Goalkeeper Rich Thomas and top scorer Declan Morley-Lyne were the heroes of the night, as Thomas scored one and saved another spot-kick while Morley-Lyne hit a hat-trick in normal time.

Town would win 4-3 on penalties to end what Lee called a ’crazy night’ that saw him lift his first trophy since taking charge of the club in 2011.

“From when their goalkeeper was sent off I said instantly this is going to be more difficult and I was proved right.,” he said.

“If they had won it in 90 minutes I wouldn’t have had too many complaints. They’re a top side who have a winning mentality, having won leagues and cups, and you could see that in the game.”

“They pushed us all the way and you could see they didn’t want extra time but our lads battled through.

“Once we got to penalties I didn’t have a clue what the score was; I wasn’t sure where we were or what was going on.

“Emotions were all over the place but thankfully Stuart [Liddington, assistant manager] was on the ball as always.”

Lydney last won a trophy in 2007, when they claimed the Hellenic League Division One West title; becoming back-to-back champions following a successful season culminating in winning the County League in 2006.

“It’s very much a monkey off the back,” Lee said.

“Winning becomes a habit after the first one and we’ve looked jittery and nervous so hopefully this will make it easier to get the next one.”

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