Seasiders kick-off season with 6-4 victory

IN their first Devon & Exeter League Premier East game of the season, Lyme Regis 1sts started very fast and could have been one up inside the opening moments as the high press forced Kentisbeare into a number of mistakes.

It didn’t take long for Lyme to take the lead as Danny Rendall converted a cross from the right to put the Seasiders 1-0 up after five minutes.

Joe Bond added the second five minutes later as Rendall slotted him through and he calmly rounded the keeper and side-footed home.

It looked as if Lyme were about to run riot but were caught over committed by a quick counter attack and although keeper Chris Higgs almost saved the effort from point blank range, it dribbled into he corner for 2-1.

Seconds later Lyme were caught napping again and Kentisbeare equalised from close range after the visitors failed to block a cross from the left.

This prompted a great response from Lyme who took the lead again on the half hour mark as Fred Parsons picked up the ball in the middle of the park and released an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 30 yards.

There was still enough time for Lyme to add two more before half time as Joe Bond grabbed his second after a great run and finish, and then Brad Rowe deservedly got in on the act scoring from close range to leave the game 5-2  at half time.

The second half started badly for Lyme who lost focus and again conceded two sloppy goals in a matter of seconds. This had the same effect as the first half, stunning Lyme into a response and they took complete charge of the game carving out chance after chance.

It wasn’t until the 70th minute that Lyme sealed the deal when Fred Parsons cooly added his second of the game and there was no way back for Kentisbeare.

After theme the Seasiders’ manager Mark Bailey said: “Despite dominating for long periods the two spells of lost focus are a slight concern but overall we were pretty happy with the work rate and quality on show.”

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Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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