Merriott Dynamos 3 Lyme Regis Rovers 6
Perry Street League Division Three
By Sid Hansford
LYME Regis Rovers put a huge dent in the Dynamos promotion aspirations after a thoroughly deserved victory in Somme like conditions at the Merritt Recreation Ground.
Referee Chris Aldridge was confident the pitch wouldn’t cut up too badly, and while that may not have been the case, he should be commended for giving the go ahead for a cracking match which ended up as a throw back to the 80s and 90s when officials were far more lenient with pitch conditions.
The Rovers took the lead in the 10th minute when Scott Meyers’ powerful shot was parried by the home keeper and Craig Coles retrieved the rebound before crossing to Pete Peacock who bundled the ball over the line.
However, the lead lasted less than a minute with Dynamos striker Jack McDougall slotting home past keeper Jedd Whittington who had no chance.
But Peacock finished well to edge Lyme in front just before the half hour and they never looked back. The lead was extended to 3-1 early in the second half when Matt Preece’s low curling shot found the far corner.
The hosts squandered a great chance to get back in the game when centre back Niall Davis was penalised for handball in the area, but Whittington made a superb save diving full stretch low to his right to keep out the resulting penalty kick.
This clearly deflated the Dynamos and Lyme struck again, Robbie Fowler burst out from the back four through the allotment-like midfield before finding Meyers who drilled home a powerful shot from the edge of the area.
A Michael Hill goal gave the hosts a glimmer of hope at 4-2 midway through the half, but Peacock soon extinguished these when he completed his hat trick 15 minutes from time.
The goals kept coming. Daley Sansom tapped in from close range to make it 5-3 but Lyme had the last say in the 84th minute when sub Ryan Turner showed good perseverance to battle his way along the byline before crossing to Findlay Mclean who nodded the ball home.
It was fine battling performance by the Seasiders; left winger Darius Pickering tormented his full back for an hour before coming off exhausted, the centre back pairing of Davis and Fowler let little through while Whittington’s handling was impeccable in greasy conditions.
Lyme Regis Rovers: Jedd Whittington, Jack Turner, Ally Rattenbury, Niall Davis, Robbie Fowler, Matt Preece, Finlay Mclean, Darius Pickering (Ollie Alner 74), Craig Coles (Mike Marsden 74), Pete Peacock, Scott Meyers (Ryan Turner 58).