High Flyers Secure All Three Points
In a Bank Holiday Monday league encounter at high flying neighbours Coalville Town, Loughborough Dynamo slipped to a 3-0 defeat.
The early stages were very much a midfield affair against promotion chasing Coalville Town, led by former Dynamo Manager Tommy Brookbanks, with the home side coming the closest to opening the scoring.
In the twelfth minute former Dynamo player Nathan Watson’s fierce shot was punched away by Dynamo goalkeeper James Martin, and three minutes later a fine centre by Coalville left back Chris Richards was headed over by Alex Troke from a good position.
Watson was again prominent when he cut in from the left wing and shot narrowly wide. Richards then featured again, putting in another left wing centre which was whipped in at pace, the Dynamo back line clearing the pressure.
The deadlock was broken in the twenty-fourth minute when another centre came in from the Coalville left, and Niall Rodney ran in at the post to head Town into a deserved lead.
A minute later Coalville right back Josh Raven delivered a centre from the right which Martin was able to punch away. Coalville thought they had added to their lead in the thirty-second minute when Watson’s centre was touch in by Aaron Hooton, but the Coalville number 9 was ruled offside.
Four minutes later Town did double their lead when a free kick found Jared Holmes on the right side of the Dynamo penalty area. The Coalville number 11 cut inside and placed his shot beyond Martin’s left hand to give an accurate reflection of the score at this stage.
Worse was to come for Dynamo in the first half when former Coalville player Alvin Jarvis, already on a yellow card, received a second one after forty minutes for another foul and was sent off.
Coalville had one further chance in the first half, but Troke shot wide from a good position in the third minute of added time.
Dynamo reorganised at half time, with Jurelle Phillips being substituted by midfielder Connor Wingfield Brown, but Coalville retained the initiative, and Martin had to turn away a Watson free kick under pressure from on-rushing Town forwards.
From a Dynamo left wing corner in the fifty-seventh minute, a scramble developed in the home six yard box, Dynamo appeals for the ball having crossed the line beyond home goalkeeper Sean Bowles grasp were waved away by referee Matt Smith.
The match again developed into a midfield affair, with Coalville still maintaining their dominance, and following a foul awarded to Coalville on the edge of the Dynamo penalty area, Rodney put his free kick over the Dynamo bar.
The next threat to either goal came from former Dynamo winger Luke Smithson, who had come off the substitute’s bench to replace Troke, and a fine centre from the left eluded forwards and defenders alike. But Coalville were not to be denied, and in the eighty-first minute a long ball found Rodney who ran in and place his shot for his second goal of the match, and Town’s third.
Dynamo were nearly caught out from the restart when they lost the ball, and it reached Rodney again, but Martin came to the rescue with a save.
The final goalmouth action of the match came in the third minute of added time, Coalville substitute Mitch Woodbine’s shot hit the underside of the bar, bounced down and was cleared, Town settling for a 3-0 win.
Dynamo’s points haul for the Christmas Bank Holiday matches were three points from six, the Coalville away defeat balanced out by the 2-0 home win over Goole AFC on Boxing Day.