LYME Regis Reserves jumped into third place in the Devon & Exeter League Division Four with a workmanlike performance against bottom club Pinhoe 1st.
Whilst Lyme dominated proceedings from the kick-off, they were unable to convert several scoring chances in the first half which could have seen them go into the interval with a 4-0 lead.
The best chances of the half fell to Sam Pollard-Jones who hit the bar after 25 minutes and Julien Simier who went close after good work down the right by Daley Holmes. It was not until the 42nd minute that the visitors staged their first attack.
It was a different story after the break when Lyme cashed in on their superiority with four well worked goals. The first came after 15 minutes when Sam Pollard-Jones, who looked dangerous all afternoon, latched onto an incisive through ball from Simier to slot home in the corner of the net.
Pollard-Jones got on the end of a good cross from new signing Dan Boot, ex-Uplyme and Charmouth player, to make it 2-0 and completed his first hat-trick for the Seasiders to open up a three-goal lead.
Lyme suffered rare lack of concentration in defence and were caught napping as Pinhoe pulled a goal back after 80 minutes, but the three points were well and truly sewn up when Lyme’s Spanish signing, Jaime Roderiguez completed the 4-1 scoreline with a good individual effort which saw him round a defender and the keeper before slotting the ball home.
Both Holmes brothers, Wesley and Daley, look good acquisitions for Lyme with Daley particularly effective up-front. Aaron Cleal also had a good game at right back. But Pollard-Jones got the man-of-the-match accolade for his hat-trick performance and he could well be the answer to the first team’s lack of power up front if available.
The Reserves look more than comfortable in Division Four and moved into third place, five points behind leaders Elmore 2nds, with Fenton in second place, but they have played one more game than the top two.
Lyme Regis 1st X1, currently in seventh place in the Premier Division, were without a game.
Peacock joins the Lyme 200 Club
STRIKER Pete Peacock joined a very exclusive club on Saturday when he notched his 200th goal for Lyme Regis Football. Only a handful of Lyme players have reached this milestone, including life member and legend Ellis Hoole and Graham “Percy” Vere, who both went on to top the 500 mark, Pat Rice (217) and Stuart Rattenbury (237).
Peacock did it in the Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Merriott Dynamoes in their Perry Street Division 3 top-of-the-table clash.
Lyme were kept in the game with a penalty save from veteran goalkeeper and club secretary Rob Thom late in the game in which Ben Bowditch, elder brother of first-teamer Cody, returned to playing football and gave a good account of himself.
The Rovers are lying in second place in Division Three, two points behind leaders Winsham Reserves.
Lyme Regis 1st X1 travel to Sturminster Newton 1st on Saturday for a Dorset Senior Cup first round tie. Sturminster are currently bottom of the Dorset Premier League, having lost their first ten games of the season. Lyme Reserves are also on cup duty, away to Lympstone 1st in the Bill Lee Cup. The Rovers have a free Saturday which means there will be no game at the Davey Fort.