AFTER drawing 1-1 with University of Exeter 2nds on Tuesday evening in what many described as Lyme Regis FC’s most important game ever, it has been confirmed that the Seasiders will have to apply for promotion to the Devon & Exeter Premier division, the highest standard they will have played.
But there is no gaurantee at this moment that they will be joining the top flight next season as the restucture of the league is currently under consideration.
And Lyme will have to meet the criteria set down by the league for Premier division, although that is thought to be a formality.
University had led the division for most of the season, only to be overtaken in recent weeks by Colyton who are sure to finish as champions, a great achievement for such a small club.
The Seasiders had to win their last two games to be sure of the runners-up spot, but they conceded a goal against University just two minutes before the final whistle in game they could have won 4-1.
Lyme have just one more game to play, against bottom of the table Wellington Reserves on Saturday. Perry Street could pip Lyme to third place if they win their last two games but the Seasiders will definitely finish in the top four whatever the results.
University are unable to be promoted because their first team are already in the Premier division, so if three teams go up, Lyme could be among them.
Lyme were unfortunate not to have taken all three points against Uni. They were leading 1-0 at half-time, courtesy of the Gary Knight header in the 20th minute.
The Seasiders could have increased their lead in the 65th minute when a Julien Simier effort from a yard out hit the underside of the bar with a suspicion that the ball crossed the goal line.
Keeper Will Meech brought off a brilliant one-on-one save in the 71st minute and Fred Parsons had a cross shot kicked off the line with just ten minutes to go. Soon after Steve Batey’s header from a corner was blocked on the line.
Despite these misses, Lyme looked like they had it in the bag before University levelled the scoreline with just two minutes to play.