Dynamo's Fine Win at Spalding
Loughborough Dynamo reached the 40 point total for this season with a well deserved 3-1 away win at Spalding United on Easter Saturday.
Dynamo were without the unavailable Louis Keenan and Ash Hodgkinson as well as on loan midfielder Alistair Smith, recalled during the week by League 2 side Mansfield Town. On the other side of the coin, Jack Andrews returned following his ankle injury sustained at Romulus on January 20th, a total of eleven weeks out. Due to the enforced changes required, Dynamo started the game with Danny Durkin and Sam Thorpe as the front men, midfielder Jordan Spearman returning to the line up in midfield.
The match started in rainy conditions with the pitch muddy and heavy. The first ten minutes were a midfield encounter before Dynamo’s Dan Gordon put a header just wide. Spalding hit back and their centreback Ken Miller saw his header cleared off the line by Spearman.
Dynamo opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute. Luke Thorogood met Dan Gordon’s centre and put a looping header over home goalkeeper Michael Duggan. This gave Dynamo a real surge in confidence.
Spalding were then forced to make a change with right back Conor Marshall going off with a reoccurrence of a knee injury, Ellis Humble coming on at centre back and Jack Mixer moving to right back.
Dynamo doubled their lead shortly after this. In the thirty-second minute Thorogood’s centre found Gordon on the edge of the Spalding six yard box, and his hooked left foot shot beat Duggan.
Dynamo nearly added to their lead before half time when a flick from Thorpe found Durkin who drew a fine save from Duggan, blocking the Dynamo front man’s low shot with his feet.
Dynamo saw through to half time with this two goal lead, and Spalding were the first to threaten after the restart when a centre from Danny Brooks saw Dynamo goalkeeper Charlie Taylor just beat Ben Davison to the ball. Within sixty seconds Davison missed Matt Varley’s long throw, with Fixer coming in at the far post and firing well over. Davison was again prominent in winning the ball and his header found George Couzens, Taylor saving the shot low to his right.
Dynamo bounced back and effectively sealed the game after fifty-five minutes. Good play down the Dynamo right on a break saw the ball played into the Spalding penalty area. Durkin latched onto the ball and completely mishit his first shot. The Dynamo front man was able to quickly recover, however, and hit a second shot which went spinning away past Duggan for the visitors third goal.
Dynamo now looked the better side and although Spalding tried to get back into the match it was the visitors who looked good for all three points.
A mix-up nearly saw Spalding reduced to ten men. Brooks was shown a yellow card for a foul and then immediately a red card by Referee Martin Beard. Following a consultation with one of his Assistants the Referee withdrew the red card, appearing to have thought Brooks had already received a prior yellow card during the game.
Spalding pushed to get back into the match and, after Miller went close, Davison hit a post, but the Dynamo defence held firm. Just when Dynamo thought they would keep a clean sheet Spalding a consolation goal, the condition of the pitch playing its part in the goal. In the ninetieth minute Miller headed the ball down and instead of bouncing it just stopped in the muddied goalmouth completely deceiving Taylor, the ball running under the goalkeeper and Brooks was able to bundle the ball home.
Following this win Dynamo were due to face Gresley FC at the Nanpantan Sports Ground on Easter Monday, but the atrocious weather left a waterlogged playing surface and a subsequent postponement.