LYME Regis Football Club has a proud record in Dorset county cup competitions, having won the Intermediate Cup on nine occasions and the Dorset Junior Cup six times.
These days, the first team have been elevated to competiting for the Dorset Senior Trophy as they are considered to be a senior side as they play in the Devon and Exeter Premier Division. This means they are likely to come up against tougher opposition, including the likes of Bridport Reserves, so it will be difficult to replicate the success enjoyed in previous years in the county competitiomns.
With Lyme’s second string now playing in Devon & Exeter Division Three. the Reserves have been elevated to the Intermediate Cup and the Rovers, Lyme’s third X1 who play in the Perry Street League, compete in the Dorset Minor Cup and got a bye in the first round this season.
The first team’s 2019-2020 campaign in the Senior Trophy competition got underway on Saturday with an away tie at Beaminster, old rivals in Dorset football going back to the 1950s, with a bit of spice being added by the fact that the Seasiders’ former manager Robin Townsend is now helping out at Beaminster.
After a cracking start to the season, winning six games on the trot, a record for the club, Lyme have been showing indifferent form in recent games which has seen them slip off the top of the Premier division. But they certainly rose to the occasion with an enetertaining 3-2 victory on Saturday over their Dorset opponents to win a place in the second round against Shaftesbury Town Reserves from the Dorset Premier league on November 9.
First half goals from a Kingsley Wellman tap-in from a Joe Bond square ball in the 11th minute and a Fred Parsons’ flip past the post, again set-up by Bond, gave Lyme a deserved 2-1 lead at the interval.
Lyme dominated the goal action throughout the first half with both Fred Parsons and Joe Bond hitting the bar. Beaminster got back on equal terms from the penalty spot after 70 minutes but the clincher came for Lyme in the 85th minute courtesy of a scorching shot from outside the box from Ben Vine.
Lyme manager Gerard Hitchcock thought Lyme were “by far the better team” and had four or five good scoring chances in the firtst half. He did not think the scoreline reflected Lyme’s domination, pointing out that the Lyme keeper’s only real touches of the ball was picking it out the back of the net on two occasions.
Hitchcock was impressed with Mike Knight’s competetive debut for the first team and also picked out Fred Parsons in midfield and Joe Bond up front for a special mention. Tomorrow (Saturday) Lyme are due return to league action and the long trip to Hatherleigh in North Devon, but there is some doubt about whether the game will go on because, according to social media, Hatherleigh are without a manager which could lead to them withdrawing from the league.
The Seasider’s two other teams also won on Saturday, the Reserves beating Westexe Park 3-1 at home in Devon & Exeter Division 3, and Lyme Rovers moving into second place in Perry Street Division Two with. 5-3 win over Dowlish Wake & Donyatt after going 2-0 down.