LYME Regis Reserves are finding life in the Devon & Exeter League Division Three tough going, having picked up just three points from their first three games.
But new manager Dominic Rowe is far from downhearted as he has seen enough in his squad to compete with the best and finish the season in a respectable position.
On Saturday, the Ressies made the long journey to North Tawton in North Devon but returned home pointless after a 3-1 defeat.
Rowe was well pleased with how his side competed in the first half but they conceded a sloppy goal to give the home side a 1-0 advantage at half-time.
Lyme came out firing on all cylinders to get back in the game and an excellent free kick from first teamer Robbie Fellingham, having a run-out in the Reserves after being unavailable for four weeks, levelled the scores at 1-1.
The Seasiders put together some good football in the second half where they dominated for long periods. A mix-up in the Lyme defence saw North Tawton regain the lead and soon after they added a third to secure the points and a top five place.
Rowe picked out youngster Josh Rawlins who had an impressive game at left-back to win the man-of-the-match accolade.
This coming Saturday (September 21), the Reserves are away to Westexe who sit in second place behind leaders Hemyock.