Shepshed Dynamo 1-2 The Mikes
Stuart Grosvenor's side secured their first away points of the season with a hard fought victory at Shepshed.
The Mikes travelled to Leicestershire to renew battle with Shepshed Dynamo after a fifteen year gap.
Manager Stuart Grosvenor shuffled the pack for this match and included loan signing Craig Bannister from Rushall Olympic in place of expectant father Stuart Capaldi. Veteran skipper Neil Watkins returned to partner Joe Lyng in the centre of the defence and Peter Gould came in at right back to give a more experienced look to a defence that has seemed vulnerable in the early games this season.
A strong breeze blew end to end on a mild afternoon yet both sides enjoyed more dominance when facing this element. The Mikes - with Simeon Maye and Andy Lewis working hard in midfield - had by far the better of the opening exchanges without creating any clear cut chances, whilst the visiting attacks were handled comfortably by Watkins and Co.
Boldmere took the lead in the 19th minute when Maye timed his run to perfection to beat the onrushing home keeper Thacker to a cross and glanced a header into the empty net to open the scoring. The Dynamo replied with several corners which were capably dealt with by young keeper James Beeson and often the head of big Joe Lyng, looking resplendent in orange boots.
The Mikes extended their lead in the 33rd minute when Mark Rose, making his first seasonal start, got on the end of a long clearance from Beeson spotted Thacker off his line and lobbed home from some thirty plus yards.
With Shepshed making unsuccessful efforts to get a foothold back in the game manager Stuart Grosvenor will have enjoyed his half time cup of tea with the two goal advantage.
It was a different story after the break as the Mikes were forced to defend desperately in the early stages. After one or two tremors it came as no surprise when Luke Edwards looped a near post header over Beeson to reduce the arrears, this despite the linesman appearing to miss an offside situation right under his nose.
Will Perkins replaced Adam Swain in the 58th minute as the visitors sought to regain a hold of the match. The Dynamo also made a change bringing on leading scorer and Theo Walcott lookalike Rob Mulonga to step up their attempts to bring parity back to the scoreline. Despite lots of Dynamo possession and action around the Mikes penalty area, clear cut chances were few - although Edwards blazed one opportunity high over the bar when it seemed easier to hit the target.
Ricky Baker and Jason Holmes made brief appearances as the Mikes secured their first away points of the season.
The Mikes: Beeson, Gould, Brown, Watkins, Lyng, Swain (Perkins 58), Lewis, Maye, Bannister (Holmes 85), Rose, Osborne (Baker 80). Subs not used: Edmunds, Neilsen