Lyme Regis football extra: Simier deadly as ever

Julien Simier in action for Lyme Regis against his beloved Arsenal in the charity match last season at the Davey Fort.

JULIEN Simier’s goal for Lyme Regis at Chagford last week means he has now hit double figures in each of his nine seasons with the Seasiders, writes Sid Hansford.

The French striker, who has now netted 129 times in Lyme shirt, bagged his best haul back in 2010-11 when his 21-goal total was enough to clinch him the club’s coveted Silver Ball award for most goals in the season.

Simier has hit seven hat-tricks so far with a personal best of four in the 7-0 win at Ilminster Town reserves back in April 2010.

There are six players currently playing who have scored brought up their century for the Seasiders they are; Mark Bailey (140), Steve Batey (127), Tim Edwards (101), Gerard Hitchcock (146), Pete Peacock (186), Fred Thomson (111).

Who will be next to join them? Probably one from: Dec Ellis (69), Ryan Fifer (46), Ally Rattenbury (64), Dom Rowe (77) or maybe even Rob Thomson who is on 99 and still manages to pull on Lyme shirt from time to time when he visits home.

And there are two names currently thousands of miles away in Australia who certainly know where the net is. Jon Whetlor has 174 to his name with last one coming for the Bantams on a visit home back in 2015 while Joe Bond’s goals formed much of the Seasiders success as they outgrew the Perry street League and moved up into the Devon & Exeter League.

Bondy has netted 175 times but has been working and travelling in Oz for two years now – how Lyme have missed his opportunism in front of goal which has yielded 19 hat tricks including five in  a 10-match purple patch in 2016 and one in a stunning perfomance in the 4-1 Dorset Intermediate Cup Final win over Allendale at Bridport in 2014.

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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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