LYME Regis 1st team blew away the festive cobwebs with an important 4-2 victory over neighbours Colyton to keep them in second place in the Devon & Exeter league Premier division.
Although Colyton are not the side they were last year, it was crucial for the Seasiders to complete the double over them to retain their challenge for Premiership honours.
The Seasiders started in fine fashion with a two-goal lead within nine minutes, both coming from Cody Bowditch. The first was a shot into the far left-hand side of the goal after just four minutes , followed five minutes later with a back- post header from a Robbie Fellingham corner.
Colyton had their chances but found the Lyme keeper Brett Garner in sparkling form. They pulled a goal back after 20 minutes and that’s how the score stayed until half-time.
Lyme started strongly after the break and increased their lead to 3-1 when Fred Parsons netted from eight yards out, again from another well placed Fellingham corner.
But Colyton were not prepared to throw in the towel and pulled one back to 3-2 within two minutes to set up an interested last 20 minutes. The three points were secured for Lyme, however on 82 minutes when Jo Bond rifled the ball home from eight yards out, courtesy of a Brad Rowe cross.
Manager Gerard Hitchcock, who named keeper Brett Garner and his man-of-the-match, was delighted with his side’s performance on a soft, energy-sapping surface at the Davey Fort after the Christmas lay-off, pointing out that the three points keep’s his side in second place in the Premier Division with four of five team all challenging for honours.
Squad: Brett Garner; AlexRockett, Gary Knight, Kingsley Wellman, Mike Knight; Craig Every, Ben Turner, Rob Fellingham, Fred Parsons; Joe Bond, Cody Bowditch. Subs: Ben Vine, Brad Rowe.
This coming Saturday (January 11th) Lyme are away to University of Exeter 2nds, never an easy fixture, followed by a visit to the Davey Fort from the still much-fancied Cronies and the a log trip to Hatherleigh.