LYME Regis 1sts exited the Morrison Bell Cup last night (Tuesday), losing 5-2 under floodlights to Sidmouth Town, a result which means the Seasiders have conceded nine goals in two games, having lost 4-1 to Devon & Exeter Premier League favourites Cronies on Saturday.
The Lyme goalkeeper Will Meech had one of those games that all glove men experience from time to time, one that he will want to forget, finding it difficult under lights to gather the high balls but at the same time bringing off some fine diving saves.
The Vikings play in a level above Lyme in the South West Peninsular Division One East and fielded a strong side for this cup match with several first teamers include.
For Lyme, Chris Herbst, Cody Bowditch and Dominic Rowe returned but the influential midfielder Fred Parsons, who did not play on Saturday, dropped out shortly before kick-off.
Lyme got off to a blistering start when Daly Holmes put the Seasiders one up with a corking shot from 25 yards out on the right after just three minutes. But the Vikings were soon back on terms with a free header from a free kick which left the visiting defence static.
Cody Bowditch saved Lyme from going behind when he cleared off the goal line and Meech was called into action with a fine left-hand diving save.
Sidmouth took the lead on 15 minutes when Meech failed to gather a lopping corner which gave the home side a 2-1 lead without any further touch from an attacker required.
The Seasiders were struggling to contain Sidmouth’s speedy wingers with both Dominic Rowe and Cody Bowditch receiving a yellow card for impeding their dashes down the flanks.
But Lyme still had their moments and forced two corners in quick succession putting the Vikings under pressure. At the other end Meech brought off another one-handed diving save but then completely missed his clearance in a melee on the edge of the box with a Sidmouth attacker pouncing on the loose ball which was destined to increase the 2-1 scoreline but cannoned off the post.
Nathan Wormersley, playing his second game for the first team, got among the action early in the second half with some good work down the left flank but Lyme’s luck failed again in the 54th minute when Bowditch scored in his own goal with the Lyme goal under pressure.
Wormersley drove the ball high over the bar from a good set-up and on the 70th minute Meech made another great save from a close-range shop.
But it was from hero to zero for Meech in a matter of minutes when Sidmouth increased their lead to 4-1 with another high shot he failed to gather.
The best goal of the game , Sidmouth’s fifth, came from an excellent volley which gave Meech no chance in the 80th minute and Lyme staged a late rally to reduce the arrears when Ben Vine scored direct from a corner although man-of-the-match Kingsley Wellman claimed he bundled it into the net.
Despite the scoreline, this was not a poor display from Lyme. They competed well for much of the game but failed to test the Sidmouth keeper on too many occasions, especially in the second half.