ALTHOUGH Lyme Rovers ran out comfortable 9-2 winners home to Perry Street Division Three bottom side Crewkerne Rangers A on Saturday, for the first hour they made hard work of a game in which we should have been home and dry.
Kicking into the wind in the first half, the pre-match talk had been to not let complacency take over. Yet Crewkerne – bottom of the table having lost every game – took the lead after four minutes following a defensive mix-up. Within two minutes, however, the Rovers were level with Ollie Alner finishing well after good work from Dec Ellis.
The game continued back and forth, with the visitors working hard to stop the Rovers’ attacks. Just after the half hour, the Rovers took the lead, with Ellis finishing neatly after a good cross from Ben Bowditch.
It was clear that the second half would be easier for the hosts, with the tricky conditions now in their favour, and three minutes after the break it was 3-1, courtesy of a Freddie Andrews’s driven cross which was turned in for an own goal by a Crewkerne defender.
It was just after the hour mark that the home side grabbed a fourth goal, as Andrews set up Ellis for a well finished second strike. Within a minute of the kick-off, Crewkerne pulled a second goal back, much to the surprise of the home side.
Prolific striker Pete Peacock, top of the Seasiders’ Silver Ball ratings, got his first of the game on 68 minutes after more fine work by Dec Ellis. Five minutes later, Ellis grabbed another assist, this time picking out centre half Toby Fowler for a well taken header.
Ellis completed his hat-trick on 85 minutes after player manager Rob Larcombe charged down the Crewkerne right-back, before seeing his shot well kept out but falling to Ellis for a tap in.
Ellis and Peacock again linked up on 88 minutes, with Peacock grabbing his second, and in the 91st minute Finlay McLean flicked a header on to Peacock at the back post for a tap in and another hat trick.
Dec Ellis was man-of-the-match for an outstanding display, with good performances from Pete Peacock and Freddie Andrews.
This victory puts Rovers just one point behind leaders Winsham United Reserves with just two more games to play.
Rovers have no game on Saturday but on Easter Monday meet Combe St Nicholas A in the final of the John Fowler Cup at Halstock (kick-off 3 pm).
Uplyme, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, won 3-1 away to Perry Street in Division One on Saturday and look like avoiding relegation, having games in hand on the two sides below them.
This Saturday they have a tough fixture, at home to second placed Thorncombe.
Having beaten Crewkerne Rangers away 5-2, Charmouth look almost certain for promotion from Division Two with a six-point gap between them and the third placed team with games in hand. They trail leaders South Petherton Reserves by just one point with both sides having four games to play .The two top sides meet this Saturday at South Petherton (kick-off 4/15 pm).