Dynamo Gain Valuable Away Win
Loughborough Dynamo came from behind to earn their first win of 2018 with a 2-1 away victory at Belper Town.
Dynamo were still without centre backs Jack Andrews and Carl Sibson, as well as midfielder Jared Holmes, but welcomed back Danny Durkin, who rejoined Dynamo from Spalding United earlier in the week.
A miscued tackle in the first minute nearly let Belper in, but a good tackle by former Belper player Louis Keenan cleared the danger. This was followed in the fourth minute by a good low through ball which Dan Gordon was able to get on the end of, the Dynamo number 11 put his good shot just over Belper goalkeeper Jack Livesey’s crossbar.
A home corner in the seventh minute saw Jake Carlisle put his header just wide. Carlisle was making his Belper debut after signing for the Derbyshire club in mid-week from Carlton Town. Carlisle was facing Dynamo twice in successive Saturdays, as he had come on as a substitute for Carlton at Dynamo the previous Saturday.
A long ball found Carlton front man Sam Birks and his shot drew a save from James Martin in the Dynamo goal. The ball rebounded back to Birks, but Martin was able to save his follow up shot, the ball going out for a corner which Dynamo cleared.
A fine move by Dynamo in the twenty-seventh minute saw build up play by Alistair Smith, Sam Thorpe and Durkin, who set up Gordon for a shot which went just wide.
The game then became a midfield encounter, with both teams allowing the other to play, but the only threat to either goal in the remainder of the half came in the thirty-eighth minute when Dynamo midfielder Paolo Piliero found Thorpe, who saw his shot blocked by Livesey.
If the first half was scoreless, the score could have been 2-1 to Dynamo within four minutes of the restart. Within thirty seconds a ball in from the Belper left was met by Dynamo left back Jordan Spearman, who’s header trying to clear was miscued, forcing Martin to make a fine save. Two minutes later, following a goalmouth scramble from a corner, Keenan fired just over the Belper crossbar from close in.
It was Belper who broke the deadlock in the fifty-fifth minute. A long ball seemed to be going to far ahead of Dylan Garnett. However, the ball took a deflection off a Dynamo player sending it spinning up into the air and slowing it down. This enabled Garnett to get on the end of it and be clear of the Dynamo back line. Garnett took his time and placed a low shot beyond Martin’s left hand.
Dynamo pushed to come back into the game, and a good low ball by Gordon low across the Belper six-yard box was unable to be met by any Dynamo player.
Dynamo drew level in the sixty-eighth minute. A good passing move between Luke Smithson and Smith saw Piliero set up to hit a fine left foot shot, beating Livesey to give Dynamo a deserved equaliser.
The match was set up nicely now, either team could go on and win it, and most in the ground thought the home side had taken the lead in the seventy-fifth minute. From a Belper free kick, the ball was cleared to Belper number 10 Jack Hallahan, who hit a powerful shot. Initially the ball seemed to beat Martin high past his right hand, but in actual fact the ball had gone just wide and hit the metal stanchion supporting the goal net.
Another goal did arrive, and it went to Dynamo. Tolani Omotola had come on as a substitute in the sixty-fifth minute for the injured Spearman and was playing wide on the Dynamo left. A through ball on that side of the pitch in the seventy-ninth minute saw Omotola get on the end of the pass and beat Livesey low from an angle to give Dynamo the lead.
Belper pushed hard for an equaliser with Dynamo also looking threatening, but the visiting defence held firm to give Dynamo all three points and a massive confidence boost.
After the game former Derby County and England international defender Colin Todd, a guest of Belper’s at the game, presented the Man of the Match award to Dynamo midfielder Alistair Smith.