LYME Regis Rovers had to dig deep for their John Fowler Cup victory over Perry Street league opponents Farway on Saturday.
The Rovers were made to work hard for their extra-time victory over the East Devon villagers to win a place in the semi-final of the competition.
The first half was one-way traffic with the Rovers peppering Farway’s goal aided by an end-to-end wind. The Lyme keeper Dave Haolland didn’t touch the ball once in the first 45 minutes.
For all their chances and domination of play, it took until the 20th minute for Pete Peacock to break the deadlock following a long Ben Bowditch throw.
The pressure continued a five minutes before half-time Jonny Day rose well to head in another Bowditch long throw.
From the start of the second half whistle, the Rovers put themselves under pressure and continued the half in much the same manner.
Things took an ugly turn seven minutes into the second half when Scott Meyers was sent off after reacting to a coming together with the Farway centre-half. Meyers was right to be shown a straight red by referee Lance Turner , ho had an excellent game in the. middle, and the pressure mounted on the Seasiders.
With ten minutes to play Farway grabbed a goal back after a header from a free-kick. And with less than a minute of injury time to play, Farway broke through the tiring Lyme defence to level the scores .
The game went into extra-time and Rovers were awarded a free kick 20 yards out which Jonny Day superbly clipped into the corner.
Rovers battled hard with man-of-the-match Ben Bowditch clearing off the line to keep Lyme ahead. Spirited defending and hard work throughout, the ten men saw the Lyme third string to victory.
Along with. Bowditch, Matt Thomas put in an excellent showing in midfield and Darius Pickering returned from a three-month lay-off for a forty minute cameo.
Report by Rob Larcombe
Lyme Rovers are home (Woodroffe School) to Ilminster this Saturday in the Perry Street League Division Three.
Lyme Regis 1st team’s home Devon & Exeter Premier League against Exmouth Town 2nds was called off on Saturday due to a water-logged pitch. This coming Saturday they are away to Clyst Valley 1sts, who are one place above them in the table.
Lyme Reserves travelled to Universary 5th X1 in Division Four but were beaten5-1 by an unexpectedly strong side (report to follow).