LYME Regis Reserves cemented their third place in Devon & Exeter Division Four with a resounding 5-0 home victory over St Martin’s 2nds on Saturday.
And the Seasiders’ position may be even better as there is talk that a point deducted earlier in season for not fulfilling a fixture may be credited back to their points tally, putting them level on points with second place Elmore, who they meet in their next league game on November 24th.
Lyme got off to an explosive start when Jake Farrant opened the scoring when he side-footed the ball home after just 90 seconds.
The Seasiders’ second string lined up with Steve Batey donning the goalkeeping gloves with their usual keeper, Robbie Fowler, being called up for the first time. Batey soon had chance to show his all-round ability when he brought off a brilliant diving save from a rare St Martin’s attack. It was one of a few attacks he had to deal with all afternoon.
Lyme should have gone two up after 28 minutes when Daly Holmes placed the ball wide after good work by Farrant, but they did not have to wait long before Dominic Rowe made it 2-0 when he curled one into the far corner of the net from wide on the left.
After the break Lyme continued to dominate and were rewarded for their energy up front when Shane Featherstone got his first goal for the club when he latched onto to a through ball and rounded the keeper to slot home.
It was Featherstone who also got Lyme’s fourth goal when he doubled his tally with a confidently taken penalty after Mark Batey was poleaxed in the box.
The Seasiders went close when Sam Burke headed over the bar from a Daly Holmes’ cross and Burke was also unlucky after good work down the left from Dan Boot. Soon after and just before the final whistle Holmes provided the perfect cross from Burke to head home his first goal for the Seasiders and complete the 5-0 scoreline.
This was Featherstone’s best performance in a Lyme shirt and Wesley Holmes also stood out, working hard in midfield and enjoying the wet conditions.
On Saturday Lyme Reserves travel to Perry Street Premier strugglers Pymore in the second round of the Dorset Intermediate Cup (kick-off 1.30 pm). Lyme Rovers, who were unable to fulfil their Dorset Minor up game match on Saturday due to injuries, are away to Crewkerne Rangers A in the Perry Street League Division Three.
Uplyme, who also conceded five goals without reply at home to Perry Street Division One leaders Waytown Hounds, are away to Ilminster Town Reserves who are one place above them in the league on goal average.