LYME Regis Reserves travelled to Heavitree United yesterday full of confidence after their 7-0 win over Pinhoe.
The Seasiders started really brightly with Josh Daines, last week’s five-goal hero, getting in behind the home team defence on a number of occasions. Daines had a great header that hit the crossbar and Lyme looked good value for the lead when Daines again rose highest in the box, forcing a good save by the keeper, but following up on the rebound to score.
Heavitree came out of the blocks from the restart, creating some chances of their own, and from corner equalised with a firmly placed header into the top corner.
Soon after Heavitree took the lead after a superb corner was powered in with a back-post header.
At 2-1 down Lyme gained control again and tried hard to get their passing game going, but it was difficult to move the ball at speed due to the unusually long grass on the pitch.
Heavitree increased their lead when a wayward shot from outside the box cannoned of Alex Rowe’s foot as he closed down the man and cruelty looped over keeper Rob Harp’s head.
A 3-1 half time lead flattered Heavitree in what was an even game. Lyme worked hard to get back into the game after the break with Ben Bowditch unlucky when he flicked the ball around the keeper but it was scrambled off the line by a home defender.
With Lyme pushing hard to reduce the arrears, more and more opportunities were opened up on the counter and Rob Harp made some outstanding saves to keep the score down. But after making a good save, the Heavitree striker found himself free in the box and managed to lift the ball over Harp, who got hands to it, but it looped up and back down into the net.
Manager Matt Preece commented after the game: “It was a disappointing result and the 4-1 score flattered Heavitree, but we are prepared for these sort of games with a young team who I am sure will learn from this experience.”
Squad: Rob Harp; Robbie Fowler, Toby Fowler, Wallace Blackmore,Darius Pickering; Alex Rowe, Cam Fowler; Jon Davies, Ben Bowditch, Louis Rinaldi, Josh Daines. Subs: Fred Thomson, Shaun Vallely
The defeat saw Lyme drop to fourth place in the Devon and Exeter Division Three. Next Saturday they are at home to Honiton 2nds (kick-off 2.15pm), who have won only one of their eight games.