A ROCKET of a shot in injury time gave Lyme Regis a 2-1 victory over a strong Sidmouth Town side last evening (Wednesdayday), protecting the Seasiders’ 100 per cent record and their top-of-the-table position in the Devon & Exeter Premier division.
The goal – a 30-yard scorching drive – came in the 93rd minute from the right foot of new signing full-back Alex Rockett, his first goal for Lyme.
This was a fiesta, fiercely encounter between two sides not prepared to give an inch. There was little between them in the first half with goal chances at both ends before the Vikings, fielding a side which belied their lowly place in the Premier division, took the lead in the 31st minute after a period of pressure on the Lyme goal which saw keeper Lee Cleal bravely defending his line.
In the opening exchanges Lyme had three excellent chances, Joe Bond heading over the bar and then scuffing his shot with just the keeper to beat. Fred Parsons and Alex Rockett also went close with well-hit shots.
They were back on terms in the 42nd minute when Fred Parsons, making his best start to a new campaign for several seasons, glided past two defenders before placing the ball wide of the Sidmouth keeper.
A 1-1 scoreline in the first half was a fair reflection of play, but Lyme came out strongly after the break and looked more likely to steal the points. Their best scoring opportunity to do so came when Ben Turner powered the ball wide from a bullet-like cross from Nathan Wormersley.
The hard-working Bond was substituted in the 67th minute with his replacement, Brad Rowe, immediately making an impact firing over the bar from a Cody Bowditch cross.
Cam Fowler was brought on as a second substitute, replacing Sam Pollard-Jones who had worked hard upfront, allowing for Bowditch to move into attack which provided more punch upfront.
But time was running short as the game moved into injury time before Rockett unleashed his vicious right foot to secure the three points which leaves Lyme leading the Premier pack with a four-point lead over Okehampton Argyle who dropped points in a draw with Hatherleigh
It was difficult to pick a man-of-the-match with Lyme firing on all cylinders in defence, midfield and attack, a good all-round performance which will put the Seasiders in a confident mood for their away match against near competitors Colyton on Saturday.
Squad: Lea Cleal; Cody Bowditch, Gary Knight, Kingsley Wellman, Alex Rockett; MarkBailey, Ben Turner, Fred Parsons, Nathan Wormesley; Sam Pollard-Jones, Joe Bond. Substitutes: Brad Rowe, Cam Follow, Nicky Land.
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