THREE goals from three brothers provided Lyme Regis 1st X1 with a stern test in a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Devon & Exeter League Premier division leaders Colyton at the Davey Fort this evening (Tuesday).
Lyme were missing influential central defender Dominic Rowe (on honeymoon) and in-form striker Julien Simier (on holiday) and also lost defender Keiran White with an ankle injury in the warm-up. This meant that Mark Bailey had to play in the centre of defence with Kingsley Wellman.
Colyton started the game as leaders of the Premier Division, having already taken two points off favourites Cronies, and straight from the kick-off they demonstrated they had no intention of relinquishing that top spot.
They started at a tremendous pace and soon forced the Lyme keeper Will Meech into action, pulling off a early diving save, and shooting over the bar.
The Seasiders weathered the storm but struggled to contain Colyton’s pace up front.
The sides went in at 0-0 at half-time but Lyme never really tested the visiting keeper in the first 45 minutes.
Lyme came out of the traps slowly after the break and conceded the first goal within three-minutes of the re-start when Will Richards slotted the ball home after the Lyme defence failed to clear a cross, shortly after hitting the bar from a free-kick.
Raids on the Colyton goal were few and far between, although Ben Turner had a good chance but was unable to control a cross with just the keeper to beat.
The Lyme manager Gerard Hitchcock changed things around in a bid to stem Colyton’s dominance, bringing on substitutes Sam Pollard-Jones and Lee Cleal to replace Ben Vine, carrying an injury, and Sam Beviss.
In a rare Lyme attack Fred Parsons rattled the woodwork and Clear added some much needed pace to the Seasiders’ front line.
As the game progressed Colyton looked like future champions, quick in the tackle and attacking with real pace, and it was only a matter of time before they increased the score with Jake Richards beating the Lyme keeper Will Meech to a through ball before slotting the ball home to make it 2-0.
With the light fading fast in this the last of the midweek games, Colyton sealed a c0nvincing display when the third Richards brother, Will, slotted the ball home from wide on the left.
Lyme did put up a fight in the closing minutes with the Colyton keeper pulling off a fantastic finger-tip save, deflecting the ball onto the bar from a Jacob Rowe scorcher and Cleal went close when he kneed the ball over the bar from close range.
For Lyme marauding wing-back Cody Bowditch continued his good form, firing in cross after cross, but Lyme lacked penetration in attack.
The victory, well deserved, sees Colyton open up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier division with Lyme dropping to sixth place with six points from their opening three games. Newtown, with a 4-2 win over Topsham Town, are in second place.
On Saturday Lyme welcome old rivals Seaton Town to the Davey Fort, having already beaten them this season 3-1 at Seaton.