Dynamo Relegation Worries Grow
Loughborough Dynamo slipped nearer to relegation from the EvoStik Northern Premier League Division One South after three second half goals consigned Dynamo to another away defeat.
Dynamo have been very poor on the club’s travels this season, only picking up four league points away from the Nanpantan Sports Ground.
Dynamo went into Tuesday night’s encounter with a depleted squad, missing five players. With goalkeeper Jack Tolley out injured, new signing Hayden Talbot made his debut, and looked impressive in the Dynamo goal.
The first half was goal-less, with Lincoln having more time on the ball, but Dynamo held their own. It was the visitors who had the first shot on goal, when Jack Beckett was on the end of a Dynamo free kick in the third minute, but the Dynamo number 8 poked his right foot shot wide of Lincoln goalkeeper Jake Turner’s left hand post.
In the sixth minute Sam Thorpe threatened to break clear of the Lincoln back line, but Lincoln centre back Callum Ward did well to hook the ball clear. A minute later Lincoln front man Josh Nichol got into a good position on the left of the Dynamo penalty area, and a fine powerful drive brought an equally fine save by Talbot, Carl Sibson clearing the ball when it ran loose.
Lincoln had to make an early substitution, Conneer Robinson having to go off in the fifteenth minute with a hamstring problem, Sean Cann coming on, and the United substitute would prove to be prominent in the second half.
Thorpe turned the Lincoln defence in the twenty-fifth minute, and saw his shot deflected for a corner.
As half time approached, Lincoln were the team looking more likely to open the scoring. Former Dynamo captain Rob Norris was prominent for Lincoln in this period. First a fine swerving volley from Norris went just wide of Talbot’s left hand post. Norris then put a powerful shot on target, Talbot holding the ball at the second attempt. The last goal threat of the half came in the forty-second minute, a low centre across the face of the Dynamo goal just eluded Ben Fairclough.
Four minutes after the restart Dynamo’s defence was breached when Cann cut in from the right and fired home an outstanding rising shot past Talbot’s right hand. Nichol came close soon afterwards with a low shot, Talbot saving well.
In the fifty-sixth minute pressure on the Lincoln goal from good play by Lewis Hamilton and Jack Beckett saw Dynamo gain a corner. When the ball was eventually delivered into the heart of the Lincoln area by Louis Keenan the ball was held at the second attempt by Turner.
Two minutes later Matt Cotton found himself unmarked following a Lincoln corner, but fired across the face of the Dynamo goal. United were not to be deprived of a second goal, however. In the sixty-fifth minute, following slack play both in the Dynamo midfield and defence, Cann got himself into the Dynamo area and beat Talbot with a low left foot shot from an angle.
Three minutes later good play down the Lincoln right saw Nichol receive the ball and shoot across the Dynamo goal. United’s captain Sean Wright then proved a threat from a Lincoln corner, his fine header drawing a fine save from Talbot. Wright came up for another Lincoln corner in the seventy-eighth minute, but headed wide. Ward then got into the act, and saw his header from a free kick go straight at Talbot.
As full time approached Lincoln still threatened to add to the score, whereas Dynamo had managed a shot on target the whole of the second half.
In the eighty-ninth minute a through ball to another Lincoln substitute, Harry Millard, saw his shot go onto the inside of a post, Talbot getting a touch on the ball to deflect it, the ball running away to safety.
Lincoln did add another goal, however. In the first minute of added time a long kick from Turner found its way to the third of the Lincoln substitutes, Josh Barr-Rostron, who was able to turn the ball home from the left of the Dynamo penalty area, giving Lincoln a 3-0 victory and keeping them in the chase for the promotion playoffs.