STORMY weather is playing havoc with today’s local football programme with all three Lyme Regis games having been called off.
Heavy rain leading up to the arrival of Storm Dennis tonight (Saturday) resulted in Lyme 1st team away trip to Beer Albion being cancelled last night with the Reserves’ away game at Pinhoe having already fallen foul to the weather. The Rovers’away match at Forton Rovers is also off.
Beer have a Esst Devon Senior Cup tie with Devon and Exeter League Premier division opponents Cronies on Sunday and the fixture, due to have been played at Topsham Town, has been switched to the all weather pitch at Axminster
No games were scheduled at the Davey Fort this week but had there been so there was no chance of them going ahead due to the condition of Lyme’s notorious wet pitch.
The recent inclement weather causing so many postponed games could well cause a fixtures back-log for a number of Premier teams, including Lyme. There are 12 weeks of the season left (assuming it closes the second week in May) but Lyme still have 15 games to play. Cronies have 19 fixtures left to fulfil and Bampton 20. In Division 3 Lyme Reserves have another ten games to play.
The Seasiders have lost last season’s top scorer. Ben Vine, who scored 38 goals in his two and half seasons with the club, has moved to Canada to work. He top scored with 20 goals last season and has netted ten times in the current campaign.
Philip Evans write: On form, Ben was one of the most exciting players to have turned out for Lyme for some seasons. His explosive speed and goal-scoring ability made hm one of the area’s most dangerous strikers. His departure is a big blow for the first team. but the club wishes him well in his new life in Canada.
Lyme Regs FC Silver Ball placings for top scorers:
Joe Bond 19
Peter Peacock 13
Ben Vine and Fred Parsons 10
Steve Batey 9