LYME Regis Reserves travelled to Pinhoe, a side several places below them in the Devon and Exeter Division Three, confident of returning home with three points.
But it wasn’t to be, despite dominating much of the play, and they returned to Dorset on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.
The game started in typical scrappy fashion due largely to the horrendous conditions. Both defences looked nervy with many players losing their footing.
Lyme threatened first when Mark Bailey played in Steve Batey on his return who drilled a low shot which looked destined for the bottom corner only to be tipped wide by the home keeper.
Moments later Lyme were behind when some really sloppy marking was punished and a deflected effort dribbled into the corner leaving keeper Rb Harp helpless. He was beaten again shortly after as Pinhoe’s aerial dominance showed again as the winger got up unmarked to head home from close range.
Worse was to come for Lyme who still had the majority of possession as a poor back pass was latched upon by the striker who was then clipped by Wallace Blackmore trying to redeem his team mate’s mistake. The resultant penalty was blasted home and Lyme found themselves 3-0 down at the break.
After some stinging words at half time the players responded well and with the introduction of Cam Fowler and Matt Bradley from the bench the Seasiders took complete control.
With Josh Daines and Bradley looking dangerous out wide, and Steve Batey always a threat, the home keeper was forced into two smart saves from Batey and Jon Davies fired just wide from close range.
As Lyme pushed their efforts were again undone as a strong challenge in the area was again penalised. The striker made no mistake from the spot.
Lyme’s lack of composure and heart in the opening 45 minutes condemned them to another defeat despite dominating for long periods.
Lyme 1st team’s Premier fixture at home to Kenstisbeare was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and Lyme Rovers were able to field a side for their Perry Street League Division One game, not for the first time which begs the question whether the Seasiders will be able continuing fielding a 3rd X1.
This coming Saturday Lyme 1sts are home to Colyton (kick-off 2.15 pm)and the Reserves are away to Feniton 2nds who sit one place above them in the Division Three table.