LYME Regis 1st team booked a place in the semi-final of the Grandisson Cup this evening (Thursday) with a hard fought but thoroughly deserved 2-1 victory away to Sidmouth 2nds.
The Seasiders were without regular goalkeeper Chris Higgs, but stand-in Harvey Brimicombe had an outstanding game, saving a penalty and pulling off a string of brilliant saves.
Brimicombe found himself in the thick of the early action when he had to dive full length to turn the ball round the post.
Chris Herbst looked dangerous down the left blank and from one of his dangerous crosses Steve Batey blasted the ball over the bar.
Lyme’s early pressure paid off when, in the 14th minute, Batey was bundled over in the penalty box and Robbie Fellingham, looking much more comfortable in midfield these days, made no mistake from the penalty spot when he cooly slotted the ball wide of the keeper.
Sidmouth did have the ball in the back of the net on the half hour but the goal with disallowed for a foul on Brimicombe.
Caretaker manager Mark Bailey came close when his 20-yard free kick was tipped over the bar by the Sidmouth keeper, and Sidmouth missed the chance to go in all-square at half-time when they basted the ball over the bar from close range.
The home side suffered another set-back soon after the re-start when they were awarded a penalty after Kingsley Wellman handled in the box, but Brimicombe brought off a brilliant one-handed save and the Lyme defence scrambled the ball away.
Sidmouth threw everything at the Lyme defence, shored up by Ben Turner moving into the back four, but the pressure was eased when top scorer Fred Parson made it 2-0 with a 20-yarder that took a slight deflection.
The Vikings clawed one back in the 76th minute when the ball was scrambled home in a mix-up in the Lyme defence who held out to the final whistle despite an onslaught by the home attack.
This win will give the Seasiders a boost as they enter an intense final few weeks of the season in a bid to stay in the Devon & Exeter League Division One promotion race.
This was a good all-round performance by Lyme with Herbst in the first half and Turner in the second half impressing, but my man-of-the-match accolade must go to Harvey Brimicombe for her heroics between the sticks.
ON Saturday Lyme travel to Lapford 1sts in a crucial Division Five game on where three points are essential if they are to stay in the promotion mix. The Mid Devon side trail the Seasiders by four points but have three games in hand.