LYME Rovers consolidated their bid for promotion from the Perry Street Division Two with a solid and dominant 5 -1 win over Netherbury. With no first team or reserves’ game, a crowd of around 30 made their way to the Woodroffe School pitch to support the Seasiders’ third X1.
The Rovers came out of the blocks at an excellent pace and were 1-0 up within two minutes, Matt White nodding home an inswinging corner from Darius Pickering. White then made it 2-0 on 15 minutes, hooking in a left-footed volley from Harvey Brimicombe’s flick on.
Daley Holmes made it 3-0 on 30 minutes, latching on to a long diagonal pass from Rob Larcombe, before firing in a cross/shot that deceived the Netherbury keeper.
Against the run of play, the visitors were handed a lifeline, as a long clearance wasn’t dealt with, and keeper Chris Higgs and full-back Imran Chowdhury collided, leaving the Netherbury forward an empty net, with 10 minutes of the half to play.
The second half began at a slower pace, but the balance tipped back to the Rovers just before the hour, as Daley Holmes fed a low through ball to Julien Simier, who duly slotted home from 10 yards. The scoring was wrapped up in the 75th minute, Scott Meyers smashing home a left-footed shot, with Harvey Brimicombe again providing the assist.
Two-goal Matt White was man-of-the match for an excellent display, aside from the goals, and Imran Chowdhury impressed again at full back.
This victory strengthens the Rovers’ bid for Division Two honours and the possibility of promotion two seasons in a row. They lie in third place in the table behind Combe St Nicholas Reserves and Dowlish Wake and Donyatt but with two games in hand on both.
This coming Saturday the Rovers are away to Ilminster Town A who are eighth in the table.