LYME Rovers got a measure of revenge over Perry Street Division Three promotion rivals by thoroughly and convincingly beating them 5-0 to reach the final of the John Fowler Cup.
Turning up with a full squad and selection headaches for joint managers Niall Davis and Rob Larcombe, the Seasiders were given an extra lift when Winsham, currently leading Division Three with just a point advantage over the Seasiders, arrived with a bare 11 men (the 12th man arrived later).
The first half began tentatively, although the Rovers had the pick of the chances with Ollie Alner and Pete Peacock going close whilst Scott Meters very nearly caught the Winsham keeper napping with a shot from inside his own half which was fumbled wide.
The breakthrough came on 40 minutes after Josh Rawlins volleyed Larcombe’s corner into the box where two Winsham defenders made a hash of it to send Lyme into a 1-0 lead from an own goal.
The Seasiders increased their lead two minutes later when star man Callum Taylor battled through the midfield before hitting a low shot that awkwardly slipped through the keeper’s grasp.
Winsham lost a key central midfieder in the first half to a hamstring injury and the message was clear to the Rovers – keep working hard and try to tire the older Winsham legs.
A tricky ten minutes after half time were handled well by the faultless Seasider’s backline and the game was effectively sealed when Pete Peacock slotted home a third. After Larcombe was cynically tripped on the edge of the area, Finlay McLean stepped up and unleashed a whipped-in free-kick to make it four.
Substitute Darius Pickering netted the fifth and final goal after good work from skipper Niall Davis and Jonny Day.The Rovers will meet Combe A in the final to be played on Easter Monday (April 24), kick-off 3 pm.