Dynamo Fall to Penalty
Loughborough Dynamo lost at Newcastle Town to a second half penalty.
At the Lyme Valley Stadium Newcastle Town took all three points in a 1-0 home victory over Loughborough Dynamo in their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South. The game was far from memorable, being a dour encounter on a blustery early Autumn afternoon, with very little goalmouth activity.
The first effort on goal came in the eighth minute, when Dynamo conceded a free kick on the edge of their penalty area. The free kick was delayed due to treatment being given to Kyle Diskin, who had to be substituted four minutes later. Town front man Jordan Cole put this free kick just over the Dynamo crossbar.
Town threatened again in the nineteenth minute when the ball was headed on inside the Dynamo area, Jake Lovatt latched on to the loose ball but fired over from a good position.
From a Newcastle corner Luke Askey headed across the Dynamo penalty area, but the threat was relieved by a foul awarded to Dynamo by Referee Scott Robertson. However the ball went straight back towards the Dynamo area from the free kick, goalkeeper Liam Sharpe coming out of his area to clear. Sharpe did not have to save a shot until the thirty-sixth minute when Askey shot straight at him following a Newcastle free kick.
The Dynamo defence was holding firm, Sharpe in goal and a back three of Luke Day, Danny Brian and Louis Keenan. Sam Saunders normally features in the back three but was carrying an injury from the previous game against Sheffield and was named as substitute, Keenan moving from his left wide midfield position to cover for Saunders as he did in the later stages against Sheffield FC when Saunders went off with this injury. The main threat on the Dynamo goal appeared to come from Jordan Cole, Newcastle’s number 9.
As half time approached a flurry of goal activity was seen at both ends of the pitch. A long Dynamo free kick found its way to midfielder Sean Phillips, who saw his shot bounce wide. In the first of three minute added time Phillips cut in and shot over, closely followed by Newcastle’s final attack of the half see Lovatt’s shot from an acute angle close in hit the side netting of Sharpe’s goal.
Five minutes after the restart a long ball found Cocks, but Day cut out the danger with a good tackle. The match had at times been fractious between the two sides, but it bubbled over in the fifty-fourth minute when Newcastle’s Tom Fogg, on as a first half substitute for the injured Diskin, was shown a straight red card for an incident.
The match then went into a period of a midfield battle before a Dynamo free kick in the sixty-fourth minute was headed on by Jamie Clarke to Lavell White, who poked his shot over the Town bar.
Two minutes later came the goal that settled the match. Sharpe went to catch a Newcastle corner but dropped the ball under pressure. As he went to retrieve the ball he brought down a Newcastle player in a crowded penalty area, Referee Robertson having no option other than to award Newcastle a penalty. Cole took the kick and powered the shot high past Sharpe’s left hand.
The match then went back to a midfield encounter, with several substitutions coming from both sides in the closing stages.
Newcastle’s final piece of goal mouth action came in the eighty-fourth minute when a corner was delivered well into the Dynamo area and was cleared with a good header by Day.
As the match entered the five minutes of added time it was Dynamo pressing for an equaliser, and an outstanding rising shot in the second minute of added time from Dynamo substitute Matt Gardner drew an outstanding save from Newcastle goalkeeper Aaron Dillon, turning the shot for a corner.
From the resulting corner Clarke headed wide, which was the final action of a disappointing match, Newcastle securing all three league points.