Dynamo Slip to An Added Time Defeat
Loughborough Dynamo lost to an added time goal at home to Chasetown, after playing the last twenty-five minutes with ten men.
Dynamo started the game with several players missing through injury and suspension, but held their own in the first forty-five minutes against one of the promotion chasing sides in the division.
In the ninth minute Danny Durkin cut in from the left to shoot, his bobbling shot going wide of Chasetown goalkeeper Curtis Pond’s right hand post. In the nineteenth minute this was repeated at the other end of the pitch, Danny Cocks cutting in to shoot at Dynamo goalkeeper James Martin.
The twenty-third minute saw a scramble in the Chasetown goalmouth, the pressure being eased by a foul on Chasetown’s Jake Lovatt.
In the thirtieth minute good play by Luke Smithson, Tolani Omotola and Alistair Smith saw Dynamo earn a corner. Pond collected the ball from the corner, and in trying to throw the ball out for a quick break was fouled by Dynamo captain Louis Keenan, who saw a yellow card for this foul.
In the thirty-fourth minute Pond beat Durkin to a through ball to kick clear. Two minutes later a good through ball by Jack McMillan nearly set Omotola away, but a fine tackle by Jim O’Reilly saw the danger cleared. The forty-first minute saw a fine save by Dynamo goalkeeper James Martin from George Cater’s shot following a Chasetown corner.
Chasetown thought they had taken the lead in the forty-third minute when Cocks put a low shot past Martin from an acute angle, the Dynamo goalkeeper appearing unsighted. Referee Kieron Salmons spoke with his nearest Assistant and disallowed the goal, ruling the Chasetown player inside the six yard box unsighted Martin, therefore the player was active and thus offside.
This was the last action of a scoreless first half, but this almost changed four minutes after the restart. A through ball found Omotola, who took it around Pond but shot wide from an acute angle. A goal did soon arrive however, and it was in Chasetown’s favour. In the fifty-fourth minute the ball was cut back from the goal line, Lovatt heading home.
Dynamo pushed hard to level the game, Omotola going down in the Chasetown penalty area in the sixty-third minute, Referee Salmons waiving away penalty appeals. Four minutes later a through ball almost reached Chasetown substitute Matty Hardiman, Jordan Spearman doing well to intercept the ball and clear.
In the seventieth minute Keenan’s earlier yellow card came back to bite him, as following a foul by the Dynamo number 5 he was shown a second yellow card and duly sent off. Three minutes later, however, Dynamo drew level, after being awarded a free kick close to the Chasetown penalty area in a central position. Danny Gordon took the kick, which eluded Pond low to his left to equalise.
As the match entered the final ten minutes of actual time, Chasetown were looking for the winner to maintain their push for promotion. A through ball into the home penalty area in the eighty-first minute saw Hardiman go down under pressure, Referee Salmons waiving away penalty appeals. A minute later Lovatt got his head to a ball into the near post, but his header went wide.
Lovatt saw another header, this time from a ball lofted high into the Dynamo area, go just wide, as the match entered added time, which was when Chasetown seized their chance to win. In the fourth minute of added time Martin blocked a shot but was unable to hold the ball, Lovatt getting onto the rebound and blasting the ball home. This gave Chasetown a 2-1 win, leaving Dynamo utterly disappointed when it looked they were likely to share the points, which would have been a fair reflection of the game.