LYME Regis 1st look almost certain to finish in the top six of the Devon & Exeter Premier division after holding a strong Exmouth Town 2nds to a goalless draw on Saturday.
A point was enough to keep the Seasiders in fifth place and, with just two games left, only Witheridge will be able to overtake them if they fail to win their final matches. A fifth or sixth place finish would be an excellent result in Lyme’s first season in premier football, the highest standard in which they have played.
Although the Exmouth second string are five places below Lyme in the Premier table, they are never an easy side to beat and with no first team game on Saturday they fielded a strong side against their Dorset visitors.
There was very little between the two sides throughout the game with both teams missing a penalty, Robbie Fellingham being the Lyme culprit.
Lyme found themselves under pressure for long periods but with a makeshift back-four they defended very well and keeper Will Meech was in sparkling form, pulling off three fantastic saves to keep the Seasiders in the game as well as saving a penalty.
The Seasiders competed exceptionally well in the second half with midfielders Fred Parsons, Mark Bailey and Robbie Fellingham working like Trojans. But they created few chances up front and the ones that they did were defeated by an over-active linesman’s flag.
The best chance of the day came in the last minute when Joe Bond, coming on as a substitute for his first taste of first team football this season after returning from his travels, hammered in a goal-bound shot which was cleared off the line by Exmouth’s experienced keeper, Martin Rice.
Lyme have no fixture this weekend and their next game is away to Okehampton on Saturday, April 27th with their last match being at home to Feniton on Bank Holiday Monday (May 6th).