LYME Regis Rovers went out of the Daisy Hutchings Cup when they suffered a 10-0 defeat against Perry Street Division One and cup holders Thorncombe 1sts.
For the Rovers it was a tough battle in wet and muddy conditions and within 30 seconds the tempo was set as Thorncombe’s captain was yellow carded and lucky not to have been sent off for an elbow and a follow-up grab around the neck. The referee didn’t see the first incident, but did see the follow-up.
Thorncombe went 1-0 up early but the Rovers fought hard and were a little unlucky to in 3-0 down at half time. They had a couple of half chances but the home side were by far the better side, scoring a free-kick and a 25-yarder.
The second half was pretty much one-way traffic and as the Rovers tired all shape disappeared and they were left short of numbers in defence. Ollie Alner went close with ten minutes to play and Rob Larcombe closer with a 30-yarder that grazed the bar with a minute to go.
Rovers’ keeper Rob Harp – back for his first game in several months following a serious shoulder injury – was in incredible form and made at least ten outstanding saves and was a clear man-of-the-match for Lyme. Also good to get game time for the returning forward Pete Peacock and Scott Meyers.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Rovers, who are sitting in fourth place in Perry Street Division Three, have a tough fixture at home to second placed Winsham United Reserves. The match will be played at the Davey Fort (kick-off 2.30pm) because both the first team and the Reserves are playing away.