LYME Regis first team dropped to eighth place in the Devon & Exeter Premier division after failing to find the net in a 1-0 defeat by fellow-midtablers Witheridge, despite having several “gilt edge” chances.
The Seasiders matched their Mid Devon opponents throughout the game and the winner did not come until five minutes from the end.
The ever-reliable Gary Knight missed a golden chance with a header in the six-yard box early in the game and this set the scene for a number of good scoring opportunities which should have put Lyme in a commanding position.
Manager Gerard Hitchcock is frustrated that his side seem well capable of retaining the ball but it’s just not happening for the Seasiders, without an out-and-out striker, in front of goal.
That problem may well be solved in the new year when former top scorer Joe Bond returns from his travels around the world, in the New Year.
Hitchcock named centre-back Kingsley Wellman and wing-back Cody Bowditch as his two best players on the day.
On Saturday the first team are at home to Topsham Town 1st who have only won one of their opening five games.
Spaniards run riot
LYME Regis Reserves jumped into a second place in Devon & Exeter Division Four when they fired nine goals past Teignmouth 2nds, visiting the Davey Fort for the first time on Saturday. They are now one point behind leaders Elmore 2nds who have a game in hand.
It was all one-way in the first half with the Seasiders’ second string banging in 8-0 goals before the interval.
The South Devon visitors staged a mini comeback after the break, scoring three quick goals to make it 8-3 with the Ressies finding the net on one more occasion before the final whistle.
Lyme’s two Spanish signings Ruben Rogel and Jaime Rodriguez were in blistering form and will be sadly missed the they return to Spain next month after a season working at the Royal Lion.
Rodriguez rounded off a brilliant performance with a hat-trick and Rogel, whom skipper Alex Rowe described as “unplayable in the first half”, bagged himself a brace with Lyme’s other goals coming from Rowe, Joe Urquart (2) and a sizzling free-kick from Sam Pollard-Jones.
On Saturday the Reserves are away to close neighbours Millwey Rise who featured in a 11-goal thriller against Babbacombe Corinthians, losing 6-5, in the Devon Senior Cup.
Rovers also hit nine
AGAINST a young Combe A side, Lyme Rovers emulated the Reserves by knocking in nine goals, making it two wins out of two games in Division Three of the Perry Street League and seeing them in the giddy heights of second place.
The Rovers were far too strong for the Somerset youngsters and had a commanding 4-0 lead at half-time and knocked in another five goals after the break.
Joint manager Rob Larcombe described it as “an excellent performance with great attitude and energy throughout the side”.
He added: “We will face tougher teams but you can only beat with what’s in front of you and we did that clinically and ruthlessly. It was good to see all the players wanting to score right up to the final whistle.”
Lyme’s goals came from Finlay McLean (2), Niall Davis (2), Fred Thompson (2), Ryan Fifer, Jonny Day and Guy Bryant
Larcombe picked out right-back Callum Taylor and Jonny Day as his two star players.
On Saturday the Rovers are at home (Woodroffe top pitch) to Chard Rangers Reserves.
In Perry Street Division Two Charmouth chalked up their first victory of the season with a 4-1 home win over Shepton Beauchamp Reserves. On Saturday Charmouth are home to bottom side Donate United.
On Saturday Uplyme feature in a bottom-of-the-table clash when they play host to Perry Street Division One basement boys Combe St Nicholas Reserves.