LYME Regis first team extended their unbeaten run in premier football to a record six games after beating Lympstone by the odd goal in five, the winner coming from an own goal in extra-time.
Although Lympstone play in Devon & Exeter Division One, one division below Lyme, winning promotion last year, they are one of the biggest sides Lyme have faced for a long time with a number of Royal Marines in their team.
So this was no stroll in the park for the Seasiders and they were tested in all quarters before the East Devon Senior Cup tie was settled when the Lympstone captain put the ball I through his own goal in injury time.
The Seasiders took the lead and ironically it came from Cody Bowditch, one of the shortest Lyme players who put-manoeuvred the massive Lympstone back four to head home.
The visitors were back on equal terms within ten minutes. Lyme had numerous chances but could not find the back of the net. Manager Gerard Hitchcock thought they could have gone in a half-time with a three or four-goal advantage.
Striker Joe Bond got Lyme back in front after the break after some good work by Ben Turner, but it was one of Lympstone’s massive defenders who levelled the scores again when he rose above the Lyme defence to head home.
Lyme continued to press for the winner with Nathan Womersley shooting wide after being set up by substitute Daly Holmes. It looked like the tie might go into extra-time, but deep into injury time the Lympstone skipper put the ball past his own keeper for Lyme to go through to the next round.
It was bit of a frustrating afternoon for Lyme manager to see so many chances go begging, but he was impressed with Alex Rockett’s performance in the middle of the back four and Mark Bailey had an outstanding afternoon in midfield.
This coming Saturday Lyme are at home to Whipton & Pinhoe who have won just one of their opening four league games (kick-off 3 pm).
With no Premier division games being played due to the cup matches, Lyme stay on top with maximum 15 points with Cronies in second place but with two games in hand.