LYME Regis Reserves started their Devon & Exeter League Division Four campaign with a hard fought 1-1 draw at home to near neighbours Millwey Rise this evening (Wednesday).
The Axminster outfit were much the better side in the first-half and went in at half-time with a deserved 1-0 advantage, their goal coming from Tyler Allen, who fired the ball home from an acute angle after the Lyme keeper, Will Meech, failed to clear a goalmouth scramble.
The young Millwey side gave the home defence a few anxious moments and were a yard quicker in midfield.
They came close to increasing their lead just before the interval with a free-kick that skidded wide.
Lyme’s best scoring chance in the first half also came from a free-kick, delivered across the face of the goal by Jake Bearpark which just eluded centre-back Wallace Blackmore bearing down on the goal.
It was a different story in the second half with Millwey running out of steam and Lyme looking the more dangerous especially when Sam Pollard-Jones came on in midfield.
It was Pollard-Jones who got the equaliser with a sublime left-foot volley in the 75th minute.
Lyme put the Millwey defence under extreme pressure with number of corners and were kept in the game with two spectacular saves from their keeper, Brett Garner, the former Axminster Town gloveman who has lost none of his athleticism.
Pollard-Jones gave Lyme the edge up front in the second half but is unlikely to play too many games for the Seasiders as he is planning to turn out for his home village side, Uplyme, when the Perry Street fixtures commence early in September.
New signings Joe Allen and Max Patch, former Perry Street players, showed some useful touches and Jake Bearpark, who was in the first team squad at Seaton on Tuesday, was in impressive form.
If Millwey can maintain their energy and form shown in the first half, they will do well this season.
Lyme Reserves next league fixture will be on Saturday, September 8th when they travel to Hemyock.