LYME Regis Reserves’ running streak which produced 12 points from five games was halted in 3-2 defeat against Devon and Exeter Division One East basement boys Lympstone.
Weather conditions proved to be difficult and the Seasiders had to rotate players again due to injury and availability.
Lyme did not start the game with anywhere near the right intention or intensity and kept giving possession straight back to Lympstone who deserved to take a lead at 1-0 .
One player that always shows the right application and energy is Cam Fowler and he opened Lyme’s account with determination and bravery, pouncing on a lose ball in the box to level the score.
The home team regained the lead before the break during which joint managers Matt Preece and Dec Ellis made a few tweaks and the Lyme players all agreed that they needed to up the effort and energy.
Lyme spent the majority of the second half camped in the Lympstone half , creating a lot of dangerous moments, without really testing the Lympstone keeper.
Lympstone’s final goal of the day came from a long ball down the pitch which was contested well by Jake Sargent, but the ref decided he was too aggressive in his clash with the Lympstone forward and awarded a free-kick 25-yards out, which the player stepped up to and placed right into the top corner.
After that Cody Bowditch, who was tremendous on the ball in the second half from a deeper midfield position, took the game by the scruff of the neck and kept constant pressure on them. This eventually told when camped in Lympstone box when Ben Bowditch was upended and Jake Bearpark cooley slotted home from the spot.
Lyme continued to pile on the pressure for an equaliser and in the last moments of the game a great ball into the box from Will Meech was narrowly volleyed wide by Robbie Fowler. That goal would have been deserved, with Lyme believing a would have been a fair result.
Squad: Will Meech; Robbie Fowler, Rob Larcombe, Jake Sargent, Ben Bowditch; Cam Fowler, Harvey Brimicombe, Darius Pickering, Ryan Fifer; Cody Bowditch Jack Handy Subs: Toby Fowler, Brin Seward Jake Bearpark.
This defeat leaves Lyme’s second string in fifth place in the eight-team division, but with games in hand over the top teams, they have the opportunity to move up the table. This Wednesday (May 12) they are away to Otterton and next Saturday (May 15) they are at home to Teignmouth, leaving them with two more games to complete their fixtures.