BIDDING for their first ever Dorset Intermediate Cup final place, Lyme Regis Reserves suffered the disappointment of losing on penalties at Wareham Reserves.
The Seasiders have won the Intermediate Cup on nine occasions in the past but when they moved into Senior football in the Devon & Exeter League the club’s participation in this competition reverted to the Reserve team.
Lyme took the lead though Mark Batey but the Dorset Division One side fought back and at full time the score was all square at 1-1. Both sides scored in extra-time – the Lyme equaliser coming coming from Sam Beviss with the last kick of the game – so the semi-final was decided on penalties.
The Lyme keeper, Will Meech, saved the first Wareham penalty, but Beviss, Sam Pollard-Jones and Ali Rattenbury failed to convert their spot-kicks to send the home team though to the final.
A place in the final would have been a fitting reward for the Reserves’ long-serving manager Gerard Hitchcock, who is also steering his side towards possible promotion from Devon & Exeter Division Five.
With no first team game, Chard Town were able to field a strong side with three first-teamers at home to Lyme Regis 1st team, playing under caretaker manager Mark Bailey for the first time. It was all square at 1-1 at half-time with Fred Parsons getting the Lyme goal.
Chard took the lead in the 72nd minute but Parsons hit his second, another glorious effort, two minutes before time, to earn the Seasiders a much-needed point in their bid to stay in the promotion race in the Devon & Exeter League Division One.
Bailey was delighted with the performance, commenting afterwards about the “excellent” team spirit with the Seasiders contributing in no small measure in what spectators thought was a a good game of football.
With only two league games played today, Lyme stay in second place in the league table but favourites Colyton, who have no less than seven games in hand over Lyme, moved into third place with a 5-0 win over Wellington on the Axminster astro turf and are now only three points behind Lyme.
Lyme Rovers’ match against Iminster Reserves was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
Uplyme dropped into the relation zone of Perry Street Division One when they were beaten 4-0 by Forton Rangers, whilst Charmouth booked a place in the semi-final of the Kenny Hodges Cup with a 2-1 victory over Netherbury Reserves, their goals coming from Kieran Bearpark and top scorer Dan Rendell
Next Saturday (March 34th) Lyme Regis 1st team welcome Wellington Reserves to the Davey Fort, whilst Lyme Reserves are away to Division Five mid-tablers Central. Lyme Rovers are at home to Merriott Dynamos in the semi-final of the Bill Bailey Cup. In Perry Street Division One Uplyme, fighting off relegation, have a tough fixture at home to second placed Ilminster Colts. Charmouth will be bidding for a place in the final of the Kenny Hodges Cup at home to Forton Rangers.
READ MARK BAILEY’S VERDICT ON THE LYME 1st TEAM PERFORMANCE IN OUR NEXT PRINT EDITION OF LYMEONLINE (out March 23)