Prior's hat-trick penalty saves
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010
THERE was disappointment all round for Lyme 1st XI who were knocked out of the Dorset Intermediate Cup quarter finals away to Crossway, 2-0.
THERE was disappointment all round for Lyme 1st XI who were knocked out of the Dorset Intermediate Cup quarter finals away to Crossway, 2-0. But when Lyme's passing game deserted them and Crossway resolutely stuck to their game plan of no nonsense footy, there was only going to be one winner. In fact the highlight of the match was the early return of Ashley Caddy, who was back after suffering horrific facial injuries earlier in the season. Rob Thom said: "It was great to see him back. He was understandable nervous before the game but a couple of early touches helped get him into it and he ended up being Man of the Match." Apart from Caddy the only player to shine was Mark Batey in defence. Lyme scored the first goal - a great full stretch diving header from Dominic Rowe which was meant as a clearance. The score stayed that way until 30 minutes to go when Crossway scored again. "They had one really good player at the back who could read the game, and they defended well," said Thom. Lyme Reserves pulled back from 2-0 down in their Arthur Gage Cup match with Chard Rangers to win 3-2 on penalties, teenage keeper Robbie Prior saving three of them! Shaun Dixon, Darren Paul and Jason Hawker, the latter with a last minute penalty, scored in normal time. Lyme had Steve Batey sent off for an adjudged 'professional foul' but they held on to take it to the shoot out. Lyme's Bantams are top of the league after a close fought 2-1 win at home to Charmouth. Rory Holmes scored first, Charmouth levelled and sub Mike Greenough came off the bench to grab the winner. "It wasn't their best play but a good result," said Thom. Millwey Rise Reserves were also in cup action. They had a terrific first half in the Reg Eglon Cup against Crewkerne Reserves away and were 3-0 up thanks to goals from Danny Larcombe, 2, and James Henley. One of Larcombe's shots came at the end of a seven pass move through the team and Henley's was a volley from a throw in. All was rosy at half time but after the break Millwey conceded an early goal and Crewkerne never looked back. They went on to win 4-3. Manager Stuart Ellis said: "All credit to Crewkerne, they really wanted it and deserved the win. We conceded three goals in the space of 15 minutes which is pretty grim, especially in a semi final. There were no excuses, Crewkerne haven't played since December." There were also bad times and slightly better times for Farway Utd at the weekend. They lost against South Petherton 6-0 in the league but even the winners agreed that Farway had been by far the better side in the first half. And, on Sunday, an Axminster Hospital Cup match which boss Andy Baily had tried to call off as late as noon due to a lack of players, turned out not to be as bad as expected. On Saturday the South Petherton keeper had to be at his best as Farway produced several good chances. "They had a lucky goal then," said Baily. "But in the second half we were well and truly 'mullered'." The key was a goal conceded within seconds of the restart. "It would have been better to have scored an own goal than to let that in," Baily added. From then on it was just a case of trying to keep out as many as possible. "Our defence worked hard but, at the end of the day, probably just weren't good enough." The only player to attract credit was centre back Nigel Banks. Even en route to Sunday's clash with Exmouth Amateurs Baily wasn't sure how many players would turn up. And the only reason he hadn't cancelled was that he couldn't get hold of the Ammies' manager! In the event Farway lost 3-2 and didn't play badly for a side scraped together. Farway went 1-0 and 2-1 up with an own goal and a strike from D Baily but Ammies levelled and got the winner with 10 minutes to go. Millwey Rise 1st XI beat Perry Street Res 3-1 and Uplyme drew away to Shepton Beauchamp 1-1.