WITH close rivals Witheridge winning a midweek match, Lyme Regis 1sts were edged out of sixth place but regained the advantage on Saturday with a workmanlike 3-2 win over Okehampton Argyle 2nds.
Witheridge also lost to high-riders Cronies on Saturday which means that the Seasiders crept back into fifth place in the Devon & Exeter Premier Division with a single-point goal difference.
Lyme complete their first season in the Premier Division on Monday next at home to Feniton who are down in 12th place, having won just six games all season, so three points are well within the Seasiders’ grasp.
Witheridge, trailing by three points, have two games left – away to Okehampton on Saturday and then away to strugglers Topsham Town on Tuesday, May 10th.
In the final analysis it could come down to goal difference so Lyme will be going out to bag a few goals against Feniton.
Okehampton took the lead against the run of play in the 10th minute, a hopeful shot from 35 yards being wind assisted into the net.
But Lyme soon established their superiority and were 2-1 up by half-time, courtesy of goals from Fred Parsons and Ben Vine. They added a third after the break through Nathan Womersley, a useful acquisition this season, scoring his first goal for the Seasiders.
Manager Gerard Hitchcock said the game had all the signs of an end-of-season tussle but picked out the stylish Robbie Fellingham as his man-of-the-match.
With three more games left to play in Division Four, Lyme Regis Reserves maintained their fifth place despite losing 3-1 at second place Halwill on Saturday. This coming Saturday they are at home to University of Exeter 5th, a place above them in the table, followed by an away game at Teignmouth 2nds on Monday, May 6th and away to Pinhoe 1st on the last day of the season, Saturday, May 11th.
Lyme Rovers, already promoted from Perry Street Division Three, have just one more game at home (Davey Fort) against Merriott Dynamos on Thursday, May 8th (kick-off 6.30 pm). The top spot in Division Three could be settled this Thursday (May 2nd) when leaders Winsham United Reserves also meet Merriott Dynamos.
Charmouth, sure of promotion from Perry Street Division Two, complete their fixtures on Wednesday (May 1st) away to Donyatt United.
Uplyme have escaped relation from Division One and round off their league season with an away game against Forton Rangers tomorrow (Tuesday), followed by an away trip to Waytown Hounds on Saturday.
But they will finish their season on a high with a place in the final of the Kenny Hodges Cup against Chard Rangers on Ilminster Town’s main pitch on Saturday, May 11.