WITH local football being able to recommence on Saturday, December 5, Lyme Regis 1st team will be looking forward to getting their Dorset Senior Trophy campaign off to a start with an away fixture at Wareham Rangers.
The Seasiders had a bye in the first round and will fancy their chances against a Wareham side which is bottom of the Dorset Premier division, having lost all eight of their games this season, shipping 25 goals along the way.
Lyme has an excellent record in county cup competitions, the first team having won the Dorset Intermediate Cup on nine occasions, but that was in the days before they were considered to be a senior side, now playing in the Devon and Exeter League.
Since playing in the D & E Premier East division, however, the Seasiders now compete in the Dorset Senior Trophy which pitches them against some of the top sides in Dorset football.
Like all local teams, Lyme is anxious to get back to playing again, but there will be no game at the Davey Fort on re-start day (December 5) as Lyme Reserves are also away to Tipton St John in the Devon and Exeter Division One East.
Lyme Rovers have no fixture on that day but are on Dorset Junior Cup duty the following week (December 12), away to Sturminster Newton.
The Tipton game will be a stern test for the Ressies who have experienced a difficult start to the season, having won just one of their four league fixtures. Tipton, however, are riding high, occupying third place with 11 points from their first games, sitting behind Beer Albion Reserves and leaders Exmouth Rovers.
Lyme Reserves have already played both home and away games against the league leaders, performing well in both fixtures and losing by the narrowest of margins. Buoyed by this, joint managers Nick Tregale and Darren Stewart are confident that as the season gets going again the Reserves, with an excellent team spirit, will start to climb the table.
Although local football has been given the green light again, Lyme Regis Football Cub will not be able to open their bar in the clubhouse with tougher restrictions being imposed as Dorset goes into COVID-19 Tier 2.
Uplyme have made an impressive start to the season, winning four of their seven games in Perry Street Division Two, and are comfortably placed in second position behind Forton Rangers Reserves. Their first game back in action will be at home to Chard United Reserves where another three points beckon.
Uplyme Reserves, the youngest side in the league, have also got their act together after a shaky start, with three good results on the trot and have shot up Division Three to a respectable mid-table position. On December 5th they travel to struggling Crewkerne Rangers A where a win could see jump into the top half of the table.