Davey Fort ‘unplayable for several weeks?’

LYME Regis 1sts were leading the Devon & Exeter League Division One back in October when the sun was still shining and looking very capable of winning promotion to the Premier division.

It’s been raining ever since and the Seasiders still occupy second place but leaders University of Exeter 2nds have opened up a six-point lead with both sides having played 13 games and the trailing six teams could overtake them when they catch up their games.

Lyme’s poor away form hasn’t help their promotion ambitions and they will be hoping they can make amends on Saturday for the 4-0 defeat at Perry Street, the last game they played early in December with subsequent fixtures falling foul to one of the wettest winters on record.

Last Saturday only six games in the Devon & Exeter League survived the weather.

Robin Townsend’s squad travel to the heart of Dartmoor where three points against Chagford are essential if Lyme are to keep ahead of the chasing pack. On paper it’s a game they should win with Chagford having amassed only 13 points from 12 games.

The big game in Division One is the Lapford v Colyton clash, two teams who will be there or there abouts come the end of the season. Colyton are sitting in third place, just one point behind Lyme but with five games in hand so the Seasiders are hoping the spoils will be shared at Lapford.

It’s been eight weeks since a game was held at the notoriously wet Davey Fort and I’m told there is very little chance of Lyme Reserves’ home game against Ilminster Town Reserves being played. The Ressies are still in with a great chance of promotion but manager Gerard Hitchcock will be anxious to get his squad back in action.

Club chairman Howard Larcombe has confirmed that the pitch is in a “really bad” state and groundsman Billy White says it could be a number of weeks before it’s playable again.

Lyme Rovers are due to meet Crewkerne Rangers in the Daisy Hutchings Cup at the Woodroffe School ground, another pitch unlikey to be playable if there is more rain.

Uplyme have a tough fixture away to Perry Street Division One leaders Halstock, whilst Charmouth travel to Netherbury in the Kenny Hodges Cup.

FIRST WITH THE SPORTING NEWS: Match reports on all local games played will be uploaded to this website on Saturday evening.

UPDATE: Reserves game at home to Iminster Town Reserves has been called off because of the state of the Davey Fort pitch.

Uplyme’s away game at Halstock called off on Saturday morning.

Lyme Rovers’ and Charmouth game also off.

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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