LYME Regis first team moved to the top of the Devon & Exeter League Premier division with a 5-0 victory over neighbours Seaton Town last night (Wednesday). And the season is less than a week old.
Following the Seasiders’ 6-0 drubbing of Chagford at the Davey Fort on Saturday, Lyme put in another impressive performance before a crowd of well over 100 thanks to a large contingent from Seaton.
Seaton, who were beaten 9-2 by Okehampton in their first game of the season, were far from outclassed in the first half, and Lyme’s 3-0 lead at half-time flattered them to some extent.
Joe Bond, looking sharper than ever, had the ball in the back of the net after seven minutes but he was ruled offside. But Lyme were soon a goal up through a ground-level Fred Parsons header from a low cross.
Seaton hit back with a a looping cross skimming the top of the bar before Lyme added a second in the 35th minute when wing-back Cody Bowditch slotted the ball home after picking up the ball in his own half and sprinting down the left in a storming 60-yard run.
Two minutes later Lyme stamped their authority on the game when Joe Bond rounded off a fine move to make it 3-0.
With such a demanding lead, Lyme looked more relaxed in the second half and after 65 minutes Ben Vine lached onto a inch-perfect through ball from Robbie Fellingham to slot the ball home to make it 4-0.
Vine also finished off the best move of the game, started by Bowditch at the back with Mark Bailey, Nathan Wormersley and Robbie Fellingham delighting the crowd with a slick passing move to complete the 5-0 scoreline.
Early signs are that this is the best Lyme squad for a number of years with a number of options in all quarters.
Joe Bond, who scored four on Saturday, got my man-of-the-match award for his phenomenal workmate with Fred Parsons impressing again in midfield, especially in the first half.
Squad: Lee Cleal; Cody Bowditch, Gary Knight, Kingsley Wellman, Craig Every; Mark Bailey, Fred Parsons, Ben Turner, Sam Pollard Jones; Ben Vine, Joe Bond. Substitutes: Robbie Fellingham, Alex Rockett, Nathan Wormersley.
On Saturday, Lyme travel to Kenisbeare where Lyme will be looking to cement their top place.
Lyme Regis Reserves start their new campaign in Saturday with an awe fixture at Hemyock in Devon & Exeter Division Three.
Axminster Town moved in to fourth place in the South West Peninsular Premier East Division with 3-2 victory over neighbours Honiton Town.