LYME Regis 1st team’s good start to the season took a surprising nose dive on Saturday when they made an early exit from the East Devon Senior Cup in an unusually inept performance.
After winning three out of the first four league games, the Seasiders, in their first season in Premier football, fancied their chancers in the first round home tie against Alphington 2nds, currently occupying bottom place in Division One, but they were completely outplayed in a 2-1 defeat.
Lyme were without in-form wing back Cody Bowditch, striker Ben Vine and midfielder Fred Parsons and looked woefully out of sorts in midfield and ineffective up front.
The home team took the lead after 18 minutes when Lyme’s Spanish player Ruben Rogel brought the ball down on his chest from a corner and fired the ball home, the highlight of an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the Lyme supporters.
The second half belonged to the visitors, who overran Lyme in midfield, equalising in the 56th minute and snatching the winner late in the game.
Manager Gerard Hitchcock admitted that Lyme never got out of the traps and looked like they were struggling for fitness.
Hitchcock will be looking for more effort from his squad when they make the long journey to Witheridge 2nds next Saturday. The mid-Devon team have won just one of their opening four games but they will be no pushover.
Good news for the manager is that striker Ben Vine, who scored some wonder goals for the Seasiders last season, should be fit for this fixture.
Reserves concede victory late in the game
Lyme Regis Reserves picked up a useful away point in a 1-1 draw at Hemyock, second in Devon & Exeter Division Four, but they were within two minutes of coming away with their first victory of the season as the home team got their equaliser in the 88th minute. Lyme’s goal was scored by Daley Holmes, son of former Lyme player Rodney Holmes, making his debut for the Seasiders.
After the game, joint manager Luke Clifton told LymeOnline Sport: “We never really looked in danger throughout and should have been playing against then men after about 30 minutes as Joe Urquart was hacked down after beating his defender.
“It was violent conduct all day long but the referee only issued a yellow.
“Daley Holmes was introduced for Ryan Turner at 65 minutes and with one of his first touches scored with a low drive at the near post – a very tidy goal.
“We warned the players at half-time about continuing to give away free kicks and we did so with just 2/3 minutes on the clock. The shot was well saved by Robbie Fowler only for their striker to pick up the rebound and fire the ball across the goal into the opposite corner.
“On reflection, a share of the points was probably a fair outcome but on another day it could have been all three points.
“Both Holmes boys played well with Robbie Fowler filling in well in goal.”
On Saturday the Ressies are at home to Teignmouth 2nds who sit two places above them in the table and who will be visiting the Davey Fort for the first time.
Rovers of to a storming start
Lyme Rovers got off to a storming start in Perry Street Division 3. At home to Netherbury, they were trailing 3-1 at one time but staged an exciting come-back to win the game 4-3, their goals coming from Scott Myers, Jonny Day, Pete Peacock and Niall Davis
After the game joint manager Rob Larcombe said: “We showed some excellent guts and determination. Yes, we suffered a couple of lapses of concentration, and a couple of dodgy ref decisions went against us, but to turn the game around in the manner we did was encouraging.
“Several nominees for man-of-the-match, but Toby Fowler just gets the vote this week. Special mention also for new signing Callum Taylor, who slotted in nicely.”
.Uplyme also made an early exit from the Devon Intermediate Cup, losing 3-0 away to Broadclyst, and it was a difficult afternoon for Charmouth who were beaten 3-0 away to Waytown Hounds in the Daisy Hutchings Cup.