Penalty from Hythe & Dibden's Filippos Terzidis clinches first point against table-topping Brockenhurst
Wessex League Premier
Hythe & Dibden FC 1
Brockenhurst FC 1
HYTHE & Dibden tore up the form books to clinch their first point of the season against Brockenhurst, who went into the match at the summit of the league table.
The Badgers took the lead after the break with a sweetly struck effort from Connor Ings, but the Boatmen hit back with an 82nd-minute penalty from Filippos Terzidis.
Brock started the match aggressively, with two decent chances within the opening four minutes. The best chance fell to the league's top scorer Silvano Obeng, whose heavy touch allowed keeper Joe Hunt to pounce on the ball.
Despite losing all 18 of their previous league matches, Hythe looked dangerous on the attack, and Patrick Wilson produced a brilliant block to preserve the deadlock around the 20-minute mark.
The hosts looked to break down the Hythe defence with one-touch football on the edge of the box, resulting in a decent effort that went to waste from Matt Sheedy.
Hythe closed out the half with a couple of decent counter-attacks, the first ending with Cain Prentice firing straight at James Mayo before George Ashby fired high and wide when he should have scored.
Two minutes after the restart, two graduates from Brockenhurst's youth system combined for the opener when Seung-Woo Yang found right-back Ings who fired home at the near post.
Hythe keeper Hunt produced a remarkable triple save in the 73rd minute to keep the score at 1-0 while Brockenhurst repeatedly created chances.
With 10 minutes left, Christie Ward produced a moment of pure class to sit the Hythe full-back down before finding substitute Mitchell Speechley-Price, whose header flew narrowly wide of the post.
Almost immediately, Hythe went up the other end and won a penalty after an unfortunate handball from Wilson. Terzidis struck it perfectly past Mayo despite the keeper guessing correctly.
Hythe looked inspired and went looking for a winner, but the closest anyone came to scoring was Jude Nwachukwu. The long-time Brockenhurst player burst forward on a 20-yard run before clattering a fierce shot off the post in the 91st minute.
Brockenhurst: J. Mayo, C. Ings, J. Nwachukwu, B. Magookin, J. Smith, P. Wilson, J. Shorey, S. Yang, S. Obeng, C. Ward, M. Sheedy. Subs: L. Carbayo-Borges, M. Taylor, K. O'Donnell, M. Speechley-Price, L. Simpson.
Hythe & Dibden: J. Hunt, S. Boon, L. Golding, A. Dunne, S. Pilson, S. Floyd, G. Ashby, R. Crooks, C. Prentice, F. Terzidis, C. Drury. Subs: D. Edwards, B. Erirri, F. Goldring, E. Jucklis, T. Peters.