Dynamo's 'Great Escape'
Loughborough Dynamo pulled off their own ‘Great Escape’ and secured their Evo-Stik Premier League Division One South status by winning their last four league matches, the first three being away.
Dynamo have finished the season eight points clear of Northwich Victoria and four points clear of Rugby Town, the two relegated sides.
Various permutations were possible going into the last game at home to Market Drayton Town as to whether it was Rugby or Dynamo for the second relegation place, and Dynamo seemed to reflect this in a very nervy display in the opening stages of the match.
Although Karl Demidh volleyed just wide of the Town goal after three minutes, it was the visitors who looked more likely to open the scoring. A minute later Dynamo goalkeeper Scott Wardley turned James O’Neil’s low shot away. Then in the seventh minute Ben Osei picked up a through ball and shot just wide of the Dynamo goal. In the thirteenth minute Osei came close again, this time hitting a left foot shot on the turn over the Dynamo bar.
The goal Market Drayton were threatening to score duly arrived in the twenty-ninth minute when Dan Beddows met a right wing centre and put his glancing header beyond Wardley.
But Dynamo were only behind for two minutes. Danny Durkin latched on to a pass and broke clear of the Town defence and was brought down by goalkeeper Glyn Coney. Referee Simon Brown awarded the penalty and booked Coney. Demidh took the penalty and scored.
In the thirty-sixth minute another through ball split the Town defence, Coney and Demidh challenging for the ball outside the penalty area. The ball ran loose, Demidh retrieving it and set up fellow striker Ash Hodgkinson who put a floated shot over the Town bar.
In the fortieth minute Dynamo centre back Carl Sibson scrambled the ball home, but was ruled to have fouled Coney. The last effort on goal in the first half came at the Dynamo end when O’Neil headed over from a corner.
Dynamo came out for the second half and three minutes into the second period Demidh’s low shot from a free kick was defected for a corner, which Town cleared. In the fiftieth minute Wardley missed his kick from a back pass, the ball bobbling viciously, and ran out for a corner from which Beddows headed well wide.
A minute later Dynamo gained a massive confidence boost by taking the lead. Danny Durkin’s deflected right wing centre was out of Coney’s reach and nestled in the far corner of the net.
Dynamo then started to get the upper hand of the match and in the fifty-seventh minute right back Tom Rigby pulled the ball back from the goal line to substitute Jack Bewley, whose first time shot hit Coney’s left hand post and ran to safety.
But Dynamo were not to be denied a third goal. In the sixty-first minute Dynamo were awarded a free kick outside the Town area. Demidh took the free kick and beat Coney high to his left hand with an outstanding shot.
Two minutes later O’Neil set up Beddows for a shot on goal, but the Town number 8 scuffed his shot which was safely collected by Wardley. In the sixty-ninth minute Demidh shot from an angle which was turned away by Coney, Hodgkinson’s follow up shot was blocked.
In the seventy-fourth minute Town were awarded a free kick close to the Dynamo area, and Town Captain Will Whieldon’s shot was held by Wardley at the second attempt.
Dynamo by now were much the stronger side, and started to dominate proceedings. As the match went into its closing stages Durkin cut in from the Dynamo left and saw his shot from an acute angle blocked by Coney’s legs.
But Dynamo were not to be denied a further goal and this came in the eighty-ninth minute when the Referee awarded Dynamo their second penalty of the match after Demidh was fouled. Demidh took the penalty kick and beat Coney low to the goalkeeper’s right to give Dynamo a thoroughly deserved 4-1 win.
This was Dynamo’s third league double of the season, and was met with celebrations at the final whistle after what has been a hard season for Dynamo.