FROM the kick-off, Ilminster Town A looked like they’d cause Lyme Rovers trouble in Saturday’s Perry Street Division Two clash, particular in the midfield, moving the ball quickly and decisively.
But having won a throw-in just inside their half, Ben Bowditch’s long throw was latched onto by Pete Peacock who rifled in a volley within the first minute.
Having clearly derailed the Ilminster game plan slightly, Rovers slowly grew in confidence, playing with tenacity and looking to counter quickly with Peacock, Fred Thomson and Freddie Andrews all attacking dangerously.
The Seasiders’ back line snuffed out the Ilminster attack effectively in the first 45, with keeper Chris Higgs, back between the sticks for Lyme after a long lay-off, having a quiet half.
New French signing Mick Dagorn went close on 35 minutes, weaving in from left back before shooting straight at the grateful Ilminster keeper.
Rovers knew at half time the game was all to play for, and that Ilminster had plenty in the tank. Yet, within two minutes of the break, the Lyme third string doubled the lead.
Dagorn all of a sudden hit his stride with eye-catching pace and balance, beating several Ilminster defenders before coolly slotting home – an early goal of the season contender.
Ilminster didn’t give up, and went close from a rasping free kick, with Higgs tipping the ball onto the bar, but the Seasiders hung on to a hard-fought win and clean sheet.
Stand out performers were full backs Bowditch and Dagorn, and man-of-the-match Matt White.
This victory, their first after promotion to Division Two, puts Lyme into fourth pace and this coming Saturday they are away to Combe St Nicholas Reserves (kick-off 2.30 pm).