AN “absolutely brilliant performance against difficult opposition”. That’s how joint manager Rob Larcombe described Lyme Rvers’ 3-1 home victory over Perry Street league DivisionTwo leaders Combe St Nicholas.
“If we hadn’t had the energy and guts from every player on the pitch, we wouldn’t have won the game – a real team effort,” Larcombe told Lyme Online Sport. After flashing a couple cross-shots across the face of goal, Cody Bowditch opened the scoring as he slammed home a left-footed strike from 20 yards on 25 minutes.
The first half wore on, and was evenly contested, and quite open. Bowditch and Scott
Myers caused a lot of hassle for the Combe back-line, and Rovers’ defensive work was top notch. When Bowditch was brought down – probably by the last man – Sam Burke stepped up and neatly found the top corner with a 20-yard free-kick.
The Lyme players knew that Combe wouldn’t go down without a fight, and the second half turned into a real battle. On 70 minutes Combe pulled one back, with a perfectly weighted through-ball allowing their striker to slot home.
Chris Higgs had the moment of the game, pulling off an unbelievable double save with less than ten minutes to play. Man-of-the-match went to to Higgs, followed closely by the whole back four.
As a result of this win, Rovers moved into third place in Division Three. This coming Saturday, the Rovers are away to Chard Rangers.