LYME Regis Reserves maintained their promotion hopes with a dogged 1-0 away victory over Awliscombe United in Division Five of the Devon & Exeter League.
With the first team without a game yet again due to the water-logged state of the Davey Fort ground, the Ressies lined up with Mark Bailey, Ben Turner and Joel Gostling on the bench.
Although grateful for a game after so many being washed out in recent weeks, the Seasiders first ever action at Awliscombe gave them a taste of real village football with changing facilities in the local village hall and then having to travel a mile or two to the top of the hill to play on a surface which prevented any hope of good football.
Lyme had most of the possession in the first half but without a recognised centre-forward a number of chances went begging before striker-for-the-day Steve Batey latched onto a massive clearance from keeper Will Meech to drive the ball home.
Awliscombe came more into the game in the second half and pressed strongly for the equaliser but they found the Lyme defenders in uncompromising mood, especially Mark Batey.
Brother Steve did well up front, hitting the woodwork twice and his speciality long throw-ins caused a great deal of mayhem among the home defence.
Ben Vine worked hard in midfield and Mark Bailey and Ben Turner made-up for some tied legs when they came on late in the game.
Whilst this was by no means a vintage performance from the Reserves, manager Gerard Hitchcock was pleased to get another three points to maintain third place in the table, behind Halwill 2nds and Black Swan Town 1st.
Next week the Reserves will be looking to further strengthen their position with an away trip to struggling Westexe Park Rangers.
Lyme Regis v Awliscombe will be the featured match in Friday’s first Lyme Online print issue.
Lyme Rovers failed to cash in on last week’s 6-3 win over Perry Street League Division Three high-flyers Marriott Tornados, losing 3-0 to Crewkerne Rangers in the Daisy Hutchings Cup. Top scorer Pete Peacock missed a penalty for Lyme.
Uplyme travelled to Shepton Beauchamp full of confidence that three Perry Street Division One points were up for grabs. But poor defending made life easy for the Somerset side who romped home 4-1. Johnny Harris got Uplyme’s consolation goal.
Charmouth shared the spoils in an eight-goal thriller at home to Dowlish & Donyatt in Perry Street Division Two. Two goals from Dan Rendell and one from Brin Seward saw them go in at half-time 3-1 up, although it could have been 4-1 as Rendell had a penalty saved.
Dowlish started the second half strongly and pulled the score back to 3-2 before Seward bundled the ball over the goal line to restore Charmouth’s two-goal advantage. Two quick goals from the visitors, however, levelled the scoreline and Charmouth thought they might have clinched all three points when Keiran Bearpark hit the post.