Rovers do the double!

LYME Regis Rovers crowned a glorious season on Wednesday evening, clinching the Perry Street League Division Three title with a convincing 5-0 win over Merriott Dynamos following on from their victory in the John Fowler Cup final.

There was never doubt about the result with the Seasiders’ third string missing a hatful of chances in the first ten minutes with good scoring chances falling to Pete Peac0ck, Joe Bond, Scott Meyers and Niall Davis.

In contrast, Merriott, fielding 68-year-old Perry Street veteran Ian Manley at full-back, rarely troubled the Lyme keeper, Rob Harp, who had a quiet evening, having to fend off just two shots from the Somerset villagers, the first in the 49th minute and the second in the 84th minute.

Lyme’s first goal came in the 12th minute when Scott Meyers rifled the ball home following a long throw-in from Ben Bowditch and good work down the right from Joe Bond.

By half-time the Rovers were well in command with a 3-0 lead, both goals coming from Joe Bond who was a constant threat to the Merriott defence.

There was only one team in it after the break with the talented Freddie Andrews coming on as a substitute for the hard working Meyers to tantalise the visitors with his clever ball skills.

It all got a bit fractious as the game progressed and the Merriott defence found themselves having to deal with a wave of attacks from Lyme’s quick front runners.

Pete Peacock picked up a yellow card from Lyme-based referee Lance Turner for making a gesture at the visiting keeper after making it 4-0 and Joe Bond was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after an altercation with a Merriott defender and was quickly substituted to avoid a possible red card to be replaced by Ollie Alner.

Lyme’s fifth came with just four minutes remaining when Finlay Mclean rifled the ball home from 20 yards after being set up perfectly by Andrews.

It is difficult to pick out a man-of-the-match with all the players contributing in no small measure to such an emphatic victory. It was no more than the Rovers deserved. They have been a pleasure to watch all season with joint managers Niall Davis and Rob Larcombe creating a great team spirit with some superb leadership from the front.

As well as bringing on a number of talented young players, including Andrews, Josh Rawlins and Ollie Alner, the Rovers have also nurtured the return to fitness of Dec Ellis after his serious knee injury, and Joe Bond after several months out of the game travelling.

This victory put Lyme on top of the table, one point ahead of Winsham who led the field for most of the season.

It was good to see a couple of Winsham players in their team tracksuits in the crowd and they were the first onto the pitch after the final whistle to shake the hands of the Lyme players.

What a pity no member of the Perry Street League committee could be present to see the Rovers clinch the Division Three title in such a convincing way.

Woodmead Halls
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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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