LYME Regis first team met stronger opposition last night (Wednesday) in their programme of pre-season friendlies when they went down 3-1 against an impressive Honiton Town.
It was the Seasiders’ first defeat in their run-up to the 2019-2020 season, which starts on August 24, but they did not disgrace themselves by any means against the South West Peninsular League side.
Lyme fielded what looks like their first team squad with new signing Bret Garner in goal. Fred Parsons was not included in the line-up as he has a a slight groin strain but Nathan Wormersley came on as a substitute in the second half and looks like he is staking a claim for a regular first team place.
There was little between the two sides in the opening exchanges but as the game progressed Honiton’s speed up front started to cause the Lyme defence a few problems and they took the lead following a defensive lapse after 23 minutes.
Honiton added another goal before the break, a header direct from a corner, the scorer finding himself unmarked at the far post, and made it 3-0 after a break down the right at early in the second half.
Lyme competed well for the rest of the half and substitute. Robbie Fowler reduced the arrears with a header from a Rob Fellingham corner.
Lyme are unlikely to meet opposition of this class in the Devon & Exeter Premier Division this coming season but it was good to see that they were not overawed by the stronger side and at times put together some good inter-passing moves.
*ALL local leagues will be introducing the sin bin regulations for dissent cautions and there was some surprise in local football circles to hear the Perry Street & Yonder Hill, founding members of the Perry Street League and one of the most respected clubs in the area, will not be fielding a side this coming season. However, they are hoping to have enough youngsters coming through their youth team ranks to reform for the 2010-2021 season.