A PENALTY in the 90th minute delivered a 3-2 victory for Lyme Regis Reserves against high-flying East Budleigh this afternoon (Saturday).
In a stiffly competitive game, the Seasiders opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Cody Bowditch latched onto a throughball down the left and cooly slotted it home.
With Rob Harp injured, Robbie Fowler took over the goalkeeping gloves and was soon in action, winning a one-on-one .
Cody extended Lyme’s lead in the 18th minute with a looping shot from the left which gave the visiting keeper little chance .
East Budleigh looked dangerous in attack and Fowler was forced to clear his line to keep the score at 2-1.
But the visitors weren’t to be denied and pulled one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy sliding tackle in the box from Wallace Blackmore.
East Budleigh started strongly after the break and were unlucky not to have drawn levelled when a spectacular overhead kick ricocheted off the bar.
But the equaliser did not come util the 83rd minute with a second penalty for a handball offence after a scuffle in the box which resulted in four payers, two from each side, being yellow carded by referee Brian Perryman, a former Lyme manager. Brothers Robbie and Toby Fowler were the Lyme offenders.
The winner came in the very last minute of the game, again from a penalty, converted with ease by Ryan Fifer, his 50th goal for the club.
Despite this result, East Budleigh retained their second place in the Devon and Exeter League Division One East whilst Lyme moved up a place to sixth, having taken ten p0ints from their last four games.
From The Dug-Out:
Once again we started really strongly which is something we’ve done really well since Dec and I took over. Scoring early from the returning Cody Bowditch, it’s great to have a player of his quality back involved.
We were disappointed to go in at half-time having conceded, but it was a rare rash moment from one of our back three, who for 99 per cent of the game were fantastic.
We dropped a bit deep again as a team second half and as we tired they started to create some chances, and we conceded the second penalty of the day, which to only limit them to two goals from penalties, the team sat second in the league, isn’t a bad achievement.
We are really proud of the attitude of all the players today, special mentions go to Jack Handy when he came on who worked incredibly hard, caused lots of problems for them on the break and won the deciding penalty, Matt White, who battled hard for the whole 90 minutes and Rob Larcombe who hasn’t played much football this year but offered assurance and organisation to a resilient back three. That being the case, we thought Cody Bowditch was exceptional, deadly in front of goal, and harried, chased and pressed their defenders tirelessly and would be our pick for MOM. Also, congratulations to Ryan Fifer for scoring his 50th goals for the club, again another player we are delighted to have back involved. – Matt Preece and Dec Ellis
Squad: Goalkeeper- Robbie Fowler; back three -Toby Fowler, Rob Larcombe, Wallace Blackmore; wing backs – Ben Bowditch, Darius Pickering; centre-midfield – Cam Fowler, Jon Davies, Matt White; centre-forwards – Josh Daines, Cody Bowditch Subs: Ryan Fifer, Brin Seward ,Jack Handy, Jake Bearpark.