Dynamo Slip to Another Home Reverse
A weakened Loughborough Dynamo saw their miserable run of form continue with a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Carlton Town.
The first half was a close affair, but two goals shortly before half time swung the match in the visitors’ favour.
Dynamo started with a restructured defence due to injury and suspension, but neither defence was challenged in the opening stage of the match. It was Dynamo who were the first to threaten in the eighteenth minute following a mis-cued clearance kick by Carlton goalkeeper Jack Steggles. The ball went straight to Dynamo front man Josh Riley, who was fouled close to Carlton’s penalty area. Louis Keenan took the resultant free kick and drew a save from Steggles.
Three minutes later Carlton conceded another free kick close to their area and this time Luke Thorogood saw his shot direct from the free kick go narrowly wide and over the Carlton goal.
A good move between Carlton’s Kaylum Mitchell and Jordan Wilson in the twenty-eighth minute saw Dynamo goalkeeper James Martin called into action, just beating Wilson to the ball. This was followed by a good Dynamo move involving Alistair Smith and Paolo Piliero, the final ball just eluding new signing Jermaine Palmer.
Dynamo continued to press, with Piliero seeing his on-target shot deflected over the Carlton bar in the thirty-sixth minute. A minute later Dynamo came closer to scoring when Riley’s goal-bound header from a corner was headed off the line, onto the bar and away for another corner, by the Carlton player covering Steggles right hand post.
Dynamo were then rocked back by two goals four minutes apart. From a thirty-ninth minute corner Ben Hutchinson’s header went in off Martin’s right-hand post. Four minutes later Jordan Spearman’s tackle inside the Dynamo penalty area brought Wilson down, Referee David Hunt awarding Carlton a penalty. From the spot kick Hutchinson’s hard and low shot beat Martin to his right, ensuring Carlton went into the half time interval with a two-goal advantage.
The quality of the match deteriorated noticeably in the second half, with neither goalkeeper being greatly challenged, nor either of them called upon to make a save of any notice. It wasn’t until ten minutes after the restart that a shot was made by either side, a long range free kick by Hutchinson, seeking a hat trick, going just low and wide of Martin’s right-hand post.
Dynamo made substitutions to try and spark a revival, but this failed to happen, with Hutchinson not able to achieve his personal as he was substituted in the seventy-fourth minute. Carlton were not be denied another goal however. In the seventy-eighth minute the visitors broke away as Dynamo pressed, the ball arriving at Wilson’s feet. The Carlton number 9 hit a fine rising shot which swerved away from Martin’s left hand for the best goal of the game, sealing the destination of all three league points.
Dynamo did try and get on the score sheet, and in the eighty-second minute another new signing, Dan Gordon, cut in from the Dynamo right and his low left foot shot was deflected for a corner, which was cleared by Carlton.
This was the last action of the game, the second forty-five minutes being something of a dour affair. Unfortunately, Dynamo’s poor run of form continues, without a league win since a home victory over Spalding United on December 9th. Since Boxing Day’s visit to Gresley FC Dynamo have picked up only one point out of a possible twenty-one.
Next up for Dynamo is a league visit to Belper Town on Saturday February 3rd before the Leicestershire County Challenge Cup Semi-final encounter with neighbours Shepshed Dynamo. This cup pie will be played on Tuesday February 6th, kick off 7.00 pm at a neutral venue. The game will be held at Holmes Park, Whetstone in Leicester. The winners will face either Barwell or Coalville Town, who meet each other in the second Semi-final at the same venue on the following Tuesday.