LYME Rovers continued some good form to run out deserved 7-2 winners against Combe St Nicholas Reserves in typically windy conditions at Top Pitch to maintain their third place in Perry Street Division One.
Playing into the wind in the first 45, the home side started with risky – but confident – football, looking to play short from the back. And it paid off when Joe Bond raced on to a loose ball, held up by the wind, to round the keeper and slot home in the 20th minute.
The visitors grabbed a slightly surprising equaliser from a corner on 30 minutes, with Imran Chowdhury slicing into his own net from a corner.
Cody Bowditch restored and added to the lead to give Lyme a comfortable 3-1 lead at half-time
The second half continued with the Seasiders in control, and the game seemed to be sealed when Bowditch was brought down for a penalty and Combe’s keeper was sent off for dissent. Bowditch missed the penalty but minutes later netted for his hat-trick after excellent unselfish play from Bond.
The Rovers’ back-line generally stood resolutely, though Combe had a glimmer of hope on 65 minutes when their forward volleyed an unstoppable shot in from the edge of the area to make it 4-2.
Bond grabbed his second, slotting home from close range, before Bowditch scored his fourth, tapping in on the line. Josh Daines completed the scoring in the final minutes, running on to a cross-field through ball before finding the bottom corner.
Man-of-the-match for Lyme was Sam Pollard-Jones, well supported in the midfield by Rob Fellingham and Robbie Fowler. Centre half Toby Fowler again showed calmness and composure.
This victory sees the Rovers keeping their third spot in Division One, five points behind Perry Street and Forton Rangers. This coming Saturday (October 17th) the Rovers are away to Shepton Beauchamp who have won just one of their first four games.