LYME Regis 1st team produced their best performance of the season against Devon & Exeter Premier division leaders Newtown and manager Gerard Hitchcock was disappointed to come away with nothing to show for their efforts.
The Seasiders held the Premier frontrunners in the first half and dominated the opening exchanges after the break until conceding a terrific goal after 15 minutes, followed by a second 20 minutes from time.
Although disappointed with the result, Hitchcock was delighted with how his side performed, saying: “We won’t lose to too many teams playing like this. It was definitely our best performance os the season.”
Lyme had one great scoring chance in the first half but Simon Pollard-Jones scuffed his shot from close range.
Hitchcock said it was difficult to single out any of the players in a good all-round team performance, but he thought Fred Parsons in central midfield and centre-back Gary Knight both had outstanding games.
Newtown now lead the Premier division with a nine-point lead over Colyton, who lost 3-0 away to Cronies in the Devon Premier Cup, but they have played two more games. Lyme, who stay in sixth place with 16 points from nine games, have another tough fixture this coming Saturday with an away trip to Exwick Villa, who are in third position.
Lyme Regis Reserves moved into third place in Devon & Exeter Division 4 with a comprehensive 4-0 victory of Feniton 2nds.
The Seasiders’ second string dominated the game throughout and opening the scoring after just nine minutes when Julien Simier celebrated his 36th birthday when he cooly converted a penalty after being pole-axed in the box.
Lyme extended their lead after 16 minutes when Jack Farrant fired home from close range and went in 3-0 up at half-time after Simier noticed the Feniton keeper out of position and calmly placed the ball from 20 yards out into the corner of the net.
Feniton came more into the game after the break but Wesley Holmes tied up the three points with a header from a Fred Thompson free-kick, his first senior goal for the Seasiders.
Next Saturday the Reserves are at home to St Martin’s 2nds, who are third from bottom in Division Four (kick-off 2.15 pm).
In the Perry Street league Uplyme drew 3-3 with Combe St Nicholas Reserves to move out of the relegation zone in Division One. Charmouth dropped a point in a 2-2 draw against Division Two bottom side Kingsbury Episcopi, losing their first place in the process.
After a good run of results Lyme Rovers lost 3-1 away to second placed Thorncombe Reserves, dropping to fourth place in Division Three (see separate story).
Saturday’s fixtures: Uplyme – home to Waytown; Charmouth home to Donyatt United in the Jack Venn Cup; Lyme Rovers away in the Dorset Junior Cup.