LYME Rovers travelled to Shepton Beauchamp on Saturday with a strong 14-man squad for a first-round Tommy Tabberer Cup tie despite losing two players on the morning, showing the current depth of the club’s squad.
This is a trophy Lyme would dearly love to win, given in memory of a former Lyme player who was tragically killed in a bicycle accident in the early 1960s. It’s been 25 years since the club brought the trophy home.
Shepton’s Brimgrove Lane pitch was one of the biggest the Rovers had played on for some time and immediately the home side were moving the ball around knowingly, working the Seasiders hard.
After a fairly equal 25 minutes, in which Shepton were probably the better side, the Rovers won a corner, Freddie Andrews’ in-swinger was deflected into the path of Scott Meyers, who hammered home from six yards.
And after a snappy four-pass counter attack, they went 2-0 up, Andrews sliding in Pete Peacock, who calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home.
Just after the half-hour mark Lyme made it 3-0. A corner was half cleared and Rob Larcombe picked up the loose ball and slotted home through a crowd from 20 yards.
On 35 minutes the lead was increased to 4-0, with Darius Pickering striking a 40-yard screamer into the top corner for the goal of the game.
It didn’t feel like the game was sealed at half time and Rovers were cautious after the break. Shepton went close with an awkward near-post drive that Rob Harp did well to push wide.
As the game wore on, Shepton’s players tired, and seemingly began to give up. Scott Meyers capitalised, racing clear of a sloppy defensive line before lashing home. And the sixth and final goal of the game came through Pete Peacock, after Rob Larcombe flicking on at the near post from a corner, with Peacock grabbing a classic poacher’s goal from six yards.
Man of the match was Callum Taylor, who gave a solid performance at right-back and then central midfield. Ryan Norman also had a great game at right-wing, completing his first 90 minutes for the Seasiders.
Squad: Harp, Taylor, R. Fowler (c), Davis, Pickering, R. Larcombe, W. Holmes, Norman, Andrews, Peacock, Meyers. Subs: Rawlins, Baines, J.Larcombe