A SUCCESSFUL weekend for Lyme Regis Football Club with all three teams taking seven points of the nine on offer.
A 3-1 away win away to Heavitree United saw the first team move into sixth place in the Premier League, a boost to confidence as they face two tough fixtures away to league leaders Newtown and firth placed Exwick Villa.
Lyme Reserves battled hard at home with a 2-2 draw against Halwill to stay in touch with the leading pack in Devon & Exeter Division Four whilst Lyme Rovers continued their excellent run of form with a 4-0 win at Winsham United in Perry Street Division Three.
In difficult conditions at Heavitree, the Seasiders put in a good second half performance to take the three points with their goals coming from Ben Turner (2) and Fred Parsons.
Turner, who recently played a game for his home town club Axminster Town in the South West Peninsular League when Lyme had a free date, demonstrated his commitment to the Seasiders with a stellar game and another former Axminster player, Gary Knight, returned after recovering from a hamstring injury to put in another excellent performance in the middle of the back four.
A 2-2 draw at the Davey Fort was a fair result with visitors Halwill, having won only two games out of seven, certainly no pushovers.
The Ressies opened the scoring after ten minutes with a Sam Beviss free-kick but the visitors were back on terms within three minutes with a free header from a corner.
Lyme had the chance to regain the lead when Jaime Rodriguez found himself with just the keeper to beat but he scuffed his shot.
End-to-end play provided the spectators with a good game to watch with both sides going close. Another free-kick from Beviss skimmed the bar and Fred Thompson also went close.
Lyme went ahead after the break with a cool penalty from Julien Simier, his 140th goal for the Seasiders, after being brought down in the box. Simier was unlucky not to add to his tally of goals when a free-kick swirled past the post and a volley scissor-kick went close.
Halwill were not to be outdone, however, and rescued a point in the 78th minute.
Centre-back Mark Batey continued his rich vein of form and new signing Sam Burke worked hard in midfield but was punished for his over-enthusiasm with a ten-minute spell in the sin bin.
Lyme Rovers’ excellent season continued with a 4-0 away victory over Perry Street Division Three rivals Winsham United Reserves, a side who won their first five league games to propel them into second place behind leaders Merriott Dynamos.
Hero of the day was young Olly Alner who scored his first ever hat-trick with Toby Fowler also getting on the scoresheet with his first senior goal for the Seasiders. Finlay Maclean and Jonny Day also impressed.
This coming Saturday Lyme first team are away to Premier leaders Newtown whilst Lyme Reserves are at home to third placed Feniton 2nds (kick-off 2.15 pm). Lyme Rovers areaway to further placed Thorncombe Reserves.
In other local games Uplyme moved off the bottom of Perry Street Division One with a 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Neterbury whilst Charmouth moved to top spot in Division One with a 5-1 thrashing of Ilminster Two A.
On Saturday Uplyme are at hime to mid-tables Coombe St Nicholas. Charmouth travel to bottom club Kingsbury Episcopi.