Five Wins On The Trot
By John Hall
The report after the 2-1 win at Gresley
Loughborough Dynamo made it five wins on the trot by beating relegation threatened Gresley 2-1 at The Moat Ground on Easter Monday.
Ryan Robbins put Dynamo in-front in the first-half before Luke Thorogood doubled their lead shortly into the second. Devante Reittie scored a late penalty for the hosts but it was too little too late as Loughborough held on for yet another victory.
Lee Attenborough made just the one change to his starting XI that beat Frickley on Saturday – Thorogood replaced the injured Alex Steadman.
After a scrappy start to proceedings, Dynamo took the lead in the 17th minute. Charlie Young’s cross was superbly volleyed home by Robbins for his 21st goal of the season.
Dynamo grew into the game – but found it difficult to play their best football on a bobbly pitch. Robbins was heavily involved in a chance for Josh Riley when he laid the ball off to the winger, but his tame shot was blocked.
Gresley’s task was to be made a whole lot harder when they were sent down to 10 men. Seven minutes before the break, Dexter Morris-Clarke was given a straight red card after a challenge on Riley.
It ended 1-0 to Dynamo at half-time.
Loughborough started the better of the two sides at the start of the second period – and created two good opportunities within the first five minutes. Corbi Brown and Karl Demidh both tried their luck from the edge of the Gresley box but neither failed to really trouble ‘keeper Ben Allsop.
Gresley, who are routed to the bottom of the division, had a massive chance to equalise on 56 minutes. Mark Branch’s cross was steered just wide by Spencer Weir-Daley.
Almost immediately after the hosts’ miss, Dynamo went down the other end and doubled their advantage. Thorogood peeled away and finished through the keeper’s legs to score his ninth of the campaign.
Brown came on as a first half substitute for the injured Riley and he made a positive impact from the off – driving at player’s and creating chances. In the 61st minute, he drove inside from the left side onto the right and had a shot which flew over the crossbar.
Dynamo tried to see the game out in an attempt to keep another clean sheet but Gresley were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when former Loughborough forward Devante Reittie was bought down. He stepped up and scored the spot-kick, despite Jason Alexander getting a hand onto it.
Shortly after, the referee blew the final whistle which sees Dynamo win back-to-back away matches for the first time this term in a hardworking victory Gresley.