PREPARATIONS began well ahead of Saturday’s Lyme Regis Reserves’ Dorset Intermediate Cup fixture against Merley Cobham Sports until shortly before kick-off when it became apparent the match appeared to be missing the man in the middle!
As agreed Merley Cobham’s manager took charge for the afternoon’s football with the bonus of good weather and a great playing surface. In anticipation of some earlier pressure Lyme set up in a 4-5-1 formation and managed the first 25 minuets well during which MCB held most of the possession coupled with good build up play but lacked quality in front of goal.
Once Lyme began to settle they realised just how much space was on offer, with nice interchanges crafted some good chances to round of the first half.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first as both teams created plenty of half chances, but the deadlock was finally broken with good work from substitute Joel Gosling playing in Daley Holmes who provided a teasing cross which Sam Bevis converted with a well-timed run from the left-wing position.
After a fine game in goal, Rob Harp suffered a dislocated shoulder late into the second half and with Lyme having used both substitutes were forced to switch an outfield player in goal.
With the game nearing its completion MCS were pushing hard against the 10 men of Lyme and an unfortunate spill from stand-in keep Turner resulted in contact between him and MCS striker, the substitute ref pointed straight to the spot. MCS converted the penalty to close the 90 minutes at 1-1.
Confusion followed in the absence of an official regarding the extra time or replay rules, CMS manger was under the impression that a replay was to follow so he blew the whistle at the end of 90 minutes.
After consultation extra time should have been played to allow a result to be determined on the day.
In a show of good will Merley Cobham Sports along with the Dorset FA have agreed to replay the fixture this Saturday at the Davey Fort (kick-off 2.30 pm).
Report by Luke Clifton