AFTER conceding a goal in under 30 seconds, Lyme Regis first team never managed to lift their game to win a place in the next round of the Dorset Senior Trophy, losing 3-1 to Dorset Premier League side Shaftesbury Town Reserves on Saturday.
Manager Gerard Hitchcock admitted his side were “a bit rusty and not at the races” defensively but they recovered and spent 20 minutes camped in the home side’s half, creating a number of chances but converting none of them.
The in-form Fred Parsons got Lyme back on equal terms when he smashed the ball home from a cleared corner and the Seasiders could have taken the lead from the penalty spot but Ben Vine missed the spot kick.
Shaftesbury immediately hit back to make it 2-0 and Lyme thought they should have been given a nailed-on penalty when a defender handled the ball but the referee judged against them.
Lyme dominated the rest of the first half but in the second period they just ran out of ideas. They had plenty of possession but the longer the game went on the more it looked like Lyme would never get the equaliser and the home team secured their place in the next round with a third goal two minutes from time.
“We played well in patches but never punished them,” said Hitchcock who gave Parsons his man-of-the-match award and praised Ben Vine for his efforts in trying to get Lyme back in the game, especially in the first half.