Record day for the Seasiders with 26 goals scored

Ben Vine on target in the Seasiders' 10-0 win over Okehampton Argyle

THE record books were blown away at Lyme Regis Football Club on Saturday with all three teams winning with 26 goals scored and none conceded.

The Seasiders’ first team returned to winning ways after two tough defeats against Devon & Exeter Premier league leaders with a 10-0 thrashing of Okehampton Argyle, the Reserves progressed to the quarter-final of the Dorset Intermediate Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over near rivals Pymore and the Rovers banged in 12 without reply away to Crewkerne Rangers A.

It was the first team’s first clean sheet in 19 matches and their second highest score in Devon & Exeter football.

The Rovers’ 12-0 win was the biggest ever in the club’s third team’s 23 -year history.

Seasiders’ manager Gerard Hitchcock and Kev Turner with Daly Holmes in the background

The first team victory underpinned their sixth place in the Premier Division, but they will be severely tested this coming Saturday when they meet fourth placed Cronies, one of the most feared sides in the league.

All credit to Okehampton for fulfilling the fixture and making the long journey to Lyme, after already having had successive long-haul away matches against Seaton and Beer. They have lost a number of players this season to Willand and Topsham and were forced to field a number of veterans to make up the numbers.

It was easy street for the Seasiders throughout the game, but Okehampton did not give up trying and were given a round of applause when they trudged off the pitch at the end of a long afternoon for them.

Lyme were 7-0 up at half time with goals from Ben Turner (2), his first after just  90 seconds’ play, Simon Pollard-Jones (2), Ben Vine (2) and Gary Knight.

After the break substitute Jake Bearpark and two more from Vine, one a sizzling 20-yarder, completed the rout.

For Lyme keeper Will Meech it was a quiet afternoon as he did not have one shot from open play to deal with.

Daly Holmes came on as a substitute in his first outing for the first team and did not look out of place.

Lyme Regis Reserves continued their run of good form with a 4-0 victory over Pymore in the second round of the Dorset Intermediate Cup, a trophy the club has won nine times.

Leading 2-0 at half-time the Seasiders’ second string completed the scoreline with two more strikes in the second half. Dan Boot (2) got is first goals for the club with Jack Farrant and Shane Featherstone also getting on the scoresheet.

Boot and full-back Nicky Land were picked out as Lyme’s star man with Wesley Holmes getting a red card late in the game alongside a Pymore player.

Lyme Rovers moved back into third place of the Perry Street League Division Four with a 12-0 thrashing of struggling Crewkerne Rangers A who have yet to win a game and have a goal difference of -85.

It was another day to remember for ace goal-poacher Pete Peacock who scored five with Olli Alner getting his second hat-trick of the season, the other goals coming from Finlay Maclean (2), Scott Meyers and Matt Thomas.

Joint manager Rob Larcombe picked out Freddie Andrews as his man-of-the-match for providing six assists with a special mention for Jack Turner at centre-back and Josh Rawlings playing his first game of the season at left back.

In Perry Street Division One Uplyme were beaten 4-0 at Ilminster Town Reserves.

Saturday’s fixtures: Devon & Exeter Premier – Cronies v Lyme Regis; Devon & Exeter Division 4 – Lyme Regis Reserves v Elmore 2nds (kick-off 2.15 pm); Perry Street Division One – Hawkchurch v Uplyme; Jack Venn Cup – Charmouth v Donyatt United; Perry Street Division Three – Lyme Rovers v Merriott Wild Cats.,

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