Seasiders bounce back with six second half goals

LYME Regis 1st team bounced back after two successive defeats with a scintillating second half performance which saw them defeat struggling Sidmouth Town Reserves 8-2 at the Davey Fort yesterday afternoon (Saturday).

The Seasiders retain their place at the top of the Devon & Exeter Premier Division, but the following pack all have games in hand and their two defeats could cost them dearly as the season progresses.

But this was a much better performance against a side which has won just one of their seven games this season. Lyme beat the Vikings’ second string 2-1 midweek under lights at Manstone Lane earlier in the season, their best performance so far against a Sidmouth team which included a number of first teamers.

The young Vikings, however, started well, taking the lead in the sixth minute with a powerful header. Lyme keeper Brett Garner got his hand to the ball but could not prevent it slamming into the net.

Lyme had a good chance to get back on equal terms when a Fred Parsons’ cross was met by Bradley Rowe at the far post but his shot was ineffective.

The Seasiders levelled the scores after 16 minutes when Rob Fellingham curled a perfectly struck free-kick from 20 yards into the top corner.

Sidmouth regained the advantage to make it 2-1 with a penalty awarded when  a high kick in the box  by Ben Vine was deemed to be dangerous. At this point Lyme looked far from league leaders as they struggled for any cohesion in midfield, despite the efforts of Fred Parsons’ industry in the middle of the park.

A Joe Bond header from a Ben Vine corner went close as Lyme seemed to be finding some form and the Seasiders were sent in at half-time with the scores at 2-2 when Bradley Rowe sprinted down theft to slot the ball home after some excellent approach work from full-back Craig Every.

I imagine there were some pretty harsh words from manager Gerard Hitchcock at half-time as the Seasiders’ first half performance lacked urgency and penetration.

Whatever was said certainly did the trick as Lyme came out with much more energy and focus on the task in hand. Within four minutes of the re-start they had taken the lead with an identical free-kick from Felllingham which flew past the Sidmouth keeper. There followed a blistering nine-minute spell after which Lyme found themselves 6-2 up with goal from Joe Bond after a brilliant run down the right rank from Rowe, a penalty perfectly placed by Fellingham and a strike from Ben Vine who latched on to a sweetly placed through ball from the classy Alex Rockett.

On 64 minutes a scorching shot from Sam Pollard-Jones was tipped over the bar and within a minute the tenacity of Ben Turner made it 7-2 in a bizarre one-on-one clash with the Sidmouth keeper which ended in the hard working Lyme skipper forcing the ball across the goal line.

Lyme’s final goal came in the 76th minute after brilliant piece a skill down the left by Sam Pollard-Jones, his low cross being slammed home by Fellingham, his fourth strike of the game.

It would be difficult not to name Felllingham as man-of-the-match for his clinical finishing and creative skills in midfield, but Fred Parsons put in yet another five-star performance.

Squad: Brett Garner; Cody Bowditch, Alex Rockett, Kingsley Wellman, Craig Every; Rob Ellingham, Ben Turner, Fred Parsons, Ben Vine; Bradley Rowe, Joe Bond. Substitues: Mark Bailey; Sam Pollard-Jones, Nathan Womersley.

This coming Saturday the Seasiders will be looking to avenge their recent home defeat at the hands of mid-tables Whipton and Pinhoe with the return fixture against the Exeter side.

Lyme Regis Reserves were beaten 3-0 away to Devon & Exeter Division three high-riders Exmouth Spartans whilst Lyme Rovers won a place in the next round of the Tommy Tabberer Cup with a 6-0 win over the once mighty Shepton Beauchamp.



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