WET and windy conditions made for a scrappy game when Lyme Rovers ended their recent run of good form with a 3-1 defeat at high-riding Perry Street Division Three contenders Thorncombe Reserves.
In a fairly even first half, the Rovers played into the wind and took the lead when Scott Myers and Pete Peacock linked before setting Freddie Andrews free down the left. He cut an excellent pass across the goal and Ollie Alner tapped in his fourth goal in two games.
Honours were also pretty even in the second half but Thorncombe caught the Rovers on the counter and keeper Rob Them was unable to fend off an excellent shot into the roof of the net.
Lyme continued to push but frequently over hit their passes with the wind and skidding surface not helping.
Myers was unlucky when he smashed a shot against the bar and Peacock missed an excellent one-on-one chance.
The home team granted a second goal with a 30-yarder that swerved past Thom and they wrapped up the game with a third goal with ten minutes to go.
Nicky Land, a new signing from Millwey Rise, did well in his first game for the Rovers and again Ollie Alner put in yet another good performance.
On Saturday the Rovers travel to Weymouth for a Dorset Junior Cup first round tie against Redland rebels (kick-off 1.30 pm).
Report by Rob Larcombe