REPORT: Six Wins On The Bounce
By John Hall
Superb Dynamo Victory
By Kieran King
Loughborough Dynamo rounded off the season in style as they thrashed Pickering Town 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Mill Lane.
Danny Earl had put Pikes ahead early on. But second half goals from Ross Haig (x2), Luke Thorogood, Karl Demidh and Kyle Bryant secured a sixth win in a row for Dynamo.
Lee Attenborough made five changes to the Starting XI that beat Gresley on Easter Monday - Max Thornberry, Rob Norris, Ruben Asamoah, Corbi Brown and Bryant all came into the side.
Pickering started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring within the first five minutes. A mix-up in the Dynamo back-line allowed Earl to slot home past Jason Alexander.
Dynamo grew into the contest - and should’ve equalised in the 19th minute. Demidh was played in on goal but his effort was well saved by Pickering ‘keeper Harry Foulkes.
The visitors continued to press for a goal but were caught on the counter-attack - Billy Logan took the ball past Alexander but his shot was superbly blocked by Carl Sibson.
Pickering led 1-0 going into the break.
After an electric start to the second period from Dynamo - the hosts were sent down to 10 men, eight minutes after half-time. Aaron Brettell was given a second yellow card after a foul on Demidh.
Dynamo continued pressing for a goal and they were rewarded in the 56th minute as they equalised courtesy of a corker from substitute Ross Haig. Pickering failed to properly clear and Haig hammered home on the half volley from around 25-yards out.
Loughborough had their tails up and they turned the score on its head two minutes later. Thorogood picked the ball up on the edge of the Pikes box and steered home for his 10th goal of the season.
Shortly after, Dynamo added a third. Asamoah did well to pull the ball back for Demidh to tuck home into the bottom corner.
Pikes’ task was made much harder as they were handed a second red card - Ryan Blott was sent off after an altercation with the referee.
Haig made a stunning impact since he came on as a half-time substitute - and he scored he secured his brace in the 80th minute. Haig drove inside and curled a shot right into the top corner. No stopping that one.
Dynamo dominated large parts of the ball with their two-man advantage, but there was still time for the visitors to score a fifth goal. Bryant chopped inside onto his left and finished composedly.
Moments later, the referee blew the final whistle as Attenborough’s side secured yet another win in a hugely successful season for Dynamo - their joint highest ever finish.