Dunmow suffer trophy defeat to the Spartans

Dunmow Rhodes' Taylor Williamson

Dunmow Rhodes' Taylor Williamson - Credit: Archant

Dunmow Rhodes exited the Essex Junior Trophy at the second round stage going down 3-2 to LMAC Spartans.

Both teams enjoyed the fantastic playing surface with the passing quick and precise around the pitch.

Dunmow were able to open up the LMAC defence in the 17th minute with a superb ball from captain Simon Preece to Scott Shelford who went round the keeper and side-footed into the empty net.

LMAC came back strongly winning every second ball in midfield and testing the Dunmow defence.

In the 26th minute Dunmow were unable to clear the ball and it fell to the LMAC striker who calmly found the back of the net.

This goal pushed the away team on more and just before half-time Dunmow let the LMAC striker into the box to score and take the lead.

Dunmow came out in a different frame of mind for the second period.

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The half-time team-talk showed the crowd watching how Dunmow can compete against a team who consistently broke up the play with cynical fouls.

However, against the run of play LMAC scored a fantastic third with a long range strike.

With 30 minutes left the youngest player in the Dunmow squad, Taylor Williamson, entered the game.

His lightning pace and link play with Jack Buckland opened up defence. Dunmow won a corner and Preece headed in for 3-2.

The last 10 minutes saw Dunmow have chance after chance but they were unable to find an equaliser.