WITH injuries and unavailability, Lyme Regis Reserves, playing their first game the season in Devon & Exeter League Division One East away to Exmouth Spartans, fielded a a side that hadn’t play as a unit pre-season
But it made little difference as each player ran and tackled their socks off in a well matched game which resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Seasiders under the new management team of Nick Tregale and Darren Stewart, two former Lyme players.
Shane Featherstone had a header tipped over the bar in the seventh minute and he hit the bar later.
Spartans couldn’t handle the Seasiders’ pace and the passing game and did well to keep the score 0-0 at half time.
From the restart the Seasiders’ second string continued the pressure on the home defence . Spartans did hit the bar after the shot hit a Lyme player and rebounded off the bar.
The Lyme keeper Rob Harp was called into action with a smart save down to his left. Two minutes after bringing on their third substitute Joel Gostling limped off with a Achilles problem.
So Lyme were reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes but they were still the better side and were rewarded when Steve Batey headed in a Matt Preece corner in the 90th minute.
Manager Nick Tegale said: “This result was well deserved, player of the match goes to all 14 players as it really was a team effort.”