Promotion still on the cards for Seasiders

LYME Regis 1st team go into tomorrow evening’s crucial Devon & Exeter League Division Five game against close rivals Perry Street still with an excellent chance of promotion.

University 2nds have been leading the division for most of the season but have been replaced at the top by Colyton as they catch up on their fixtures and are now firm favourites to win the division a huge achievement for such a small club.

Colyton still have five games to play to complete their fixtures but are leading University by five points with three games in hand.

The Seasiders have stayed in touch with the leaders all season but the biggest threat to their  promotion hopes are Perry Street who occupy third place with a one-point advantage over Lyme, both having played 19 games.

Perry Street travel to Lyme tomorrow (Friday evening) when the Seasiders will be determined to make up for their poor performance across the Somerset border earlier in the season when they lost 4-0.

A big crowd is expected at the Davey Fort to encourage their team to finish their season in fine form and the prospect of playing in the club’s highest level ever if they win promotion.

A win for Lyme against Perry Street would put them in third pace behind University who are unable to go up because their first team are already in the Premier division.

Lyme are then at home to University next Tuesday and play their last game of the season at home to Wellington on Saturday, May 19th when the match will form part of a fund-raising day at the Davey Fort to celebrate the Royal Wedding and the cup FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Lyme Reserves, third in Division Five, were due to continue their run of good results at home to Ilminster Town Reserves but the Somerset team cried off at the last minute because they could not raise a side.

Ilminster will be charged by the League of not fulfilling a fixture and have been given time to appeal.  If they don’t, the points will be given to Lyme which could prove to be crucial in winning a promotion place.

The Ressies are currently in third place but could be caught by Halwill who have three games in hand.

The Reserves big finale will be defending the Football Express Cup, which they won for the first time last season, when they meet Elmore 2nds at Budleigh Salterton FC on Wednesday, May 23rd (7.15 pm kick-off).

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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