TABLE-toppers Lyme Rovers ground out a solid, if unspectacular win, in conditions not suited for attractive football their 2-0 win over Crewkerne Rangers on Saturday to stay ahead of the rest in Perry Street League Division Two.
The Rovers started well, playing with an end-to-end wind, and with five minutes on the clock, Rhys Evans swung a corner in under the bar deflecting in off of a helpless Crewkerne defender.
Growing steadily into the game, the Seasiders spent the majority of the first 45 camped in Crewkerne’s half, but failing to take chances.
Forwards Pete Peacock and Darius Pickering both went close, and Crewkerne’s keeper made several excellent stops to keep the visitors in the game. 1-0 half time.
The visitors started the second half stronger, pinning the Rovers back, but not troubling keeper Chris Higgs throughout the 90.
As the second half wore on, Rovers fought back into the game and the result was sealed on 70 minutes, when substitute Jonny Davies, making his Seasiders’ debut, tapped in an open goal within a minute of coming on.
Man-of-the-match was Rhys Evans. Alfie Jaques, in his first game for Lyme in a couple years, and Pete Peacock, also had excellent hard-working games.
This coming Saturday the Rovers have a Dorset Junior Cup second round tie at home (Woodrofe School, kick-off 1.30 pm) against Netherbury, whom they beat 6-2 last month, having had a bye in the first round.