HEADING into their Perry Street away game at Dowlish & Donyatt, again with a strong squad, Lyme Rovers were confident they could get a result but started poorly.
From the off, Donyatt were quicker to loose balls and worked harder. With five minutes on the clock, Donyatt were fortunate not be down to ten men, as Burke was clearly and deliberately kicked by Donyatt’s last man chasing in on goal, but the ref appeared to miss the incident.
The visitors took momentum and the lead after 15 minutes when Callum Taylor scored past his own keeper to give Donyatt the lead. Within five minutes, it was 2-0. Donyatt’s right-winger cut inside expertly and smashed a low drive back across goal into the corner past the stretching Chris Higgs in goal.
After a shakey half-hour, Rovers started getting back into the game with Sam Burke causing problems for the Donyatt back line, hitting the post with a decent effort, and Scott Meyers narrowly shooting wide.
On 35 minutes, Meyers took his next chance, hooking a volley over the keeper’s head after a corner was only half cleared. Five minutes before the break, Donyatt grabbed a third, a good header from the right-winger, making it 3-1 at half-time. But the Lyme third string thought they could get back into the game and made three subs, bringing on Pete Peacock, Shane Featherstone and Darius Pickering for the second half.
Within five minutes of the restart, Peacock pulled one back, cutting in brilliantly from the right before smashing home at the near post. Pickering then scored goal-of-the-day on his birthday, rifling in a 30-yarder over the keeper’s head.
On the hour mark Rovers took the lead for the first time, Peacock latching on to Higgs’ huge kick to volley home from 15 yards out, and Meyers closed down the Donyatt keeper, who entirely missed his kick, leaving Meyers with an empty net. This was a tough test, with good showings from Sam Burke, skipper Toby Fowler and Will Baines.
This victory saw the Rovers, promoted to Division Two this season, move into second splace in the table on the same points as leaders Dowlish & Donyatt. The coming Saturday Rovers are on Daisy Hurchings Cup duty, at home (Woodroffe School) to Misterton Reserves from Division One (kick-off 2 pm).