LYME Rovers picked up their first point in Division One of the Perry Street League in a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Waytown Hounds at the Woodroffe School top pitch this afternoon.
In blustery conditions, Rovers made full use of the wind in the first half and went in at half-time with a 2-0 lead.
But Waytown also took full advantage of the conditions after the break and fought back with two goals in the last ten minutes, the equaliser coming in the final minute.
With the wind in their favour, Rovers had the best of the first half with their first goal coming in the 37th minute after a Darius Pickering blockbuster ricocheted off the bar and Jonnie Davies converted the rebound.
The youngest player on the pitch, 16-year-old Josh Daines looked dangerous going forward and slid the ball into the net from a brilliant cross from Cam Fowler only to be ruled offside by the narrowest of margins.
Waytown also had a number of chances and tested the Lyme defence, especially down the left, but failed to find the back of the net with some wayward shooting.
Seconds before the half-time whistle Rovers extended their lead when the Waytown keeper failed to clear an attack way out of his goal-line, leaving Steve Batey well placed to rifle the ball home from 20 yards out to make it 2-0.
With the wind now in their favour, the second half was dominated by Waytown and they squandered a number of good opportunities to reduce the deficit.
With the visitors enjoying more of the play, manager Rob Larcobe used the the roll on-roll-off substitutes well bringing on the experienced Lee Cleal in defence and Pete Peacock up front.
Waytown were unlucky when keeper Rob Harp made a great save and the rebound was cleared off the line by Toby Fowler.
The visitors’ continual pressure paid dividends in the 80th meeting when John Legg reduced the arrears with the Rovers’ defence in tatters.
Rovers had a good chance to hit back with a clever move down the right ending in Ryan Fifer slipped the ball inside for Steve Batey to curl the ball just over the bar.
In a late attack on the under-pressure home defenders, Waytown got the equaliser they deserved when Adam Cody-Boucher, a former Lyme payer, was rewarded for his great energy by getting the equaliser they deserved.
After topping Perry Street Decision Three last season, the Rovers have jumped a couple of levels due to the new covid-changes and from the first two games of the season it is clear they are in for a challenging season.
But they have a squad with a good mixture of young and experienced players, as well as a good spirit,and on today’s performance I think they will hold their own.
Although the Rovers’ defence were left wanting at times, brothers Robbie and Toby Fowler gave their all at once and former first teamer Adam Clarke looked his old committed self and will be a great asset this season. Young Josh Daines is definitely one of the future.
After the game manager Rob Larcombe said: “I was pleased with our work rate but we just lacked a bit of composure at times. We definitely rode our luck and it was tough conceding two goals so late in the game. Waytown created a lot and deserved something from the game.”
Larcombe picked up Jonny Davies and Robbie Fowler in the midfield as his top performers.
New Saturday (September 26th) Rovers are away to South Petherton Reserves.