LYME Regis first team kick-off the new campaign on Saturday full of confidence after a successful pre-season and the signing of a number of new players.
Last season the Seasiders finished in fifth place in the Devon & Exeter League Premier division, the highest standard in which the club has played.
But with a number of last year’s top sides joining the new Devon League, Lyme hopes to be challenging for the premiership. Alongside Cronies and Colyton, Lyme will be among the favourites for taking the title.
Exeter side Cronies, who started as a pub team, were hoping to have amalgamated with Topsham Town and would have been playing in the new league, but the deal fell through and they have to stay in the Premier division because they do not have a ground of their own.
Colyton were also invited to join the Devon League, but declined the offer.
The Seasiders start their season with a home tie at the Davey Fort against Chagford (kick-off 3pm) and the squad is likely to include a number of new signings, including former Axminster defenders Mike Knight and Alex Rockett.
Lyme will be back in action again on Wednesday, August 21 when they entertain local rivals Seaton Town at the Davey Fort (kick-off 6.30pm).
Lyme Reserves start their season in Division Three on Saturday, August 24 away to Hemyock.