LYME Regis 1st team return to Devon & Exeter football this coming Saturday following a bizarre but disappointing result when they exited the Dorset Senior trophy at Sturminster Newton.
The Seasiders will resume their Premier division programme this coming weekend with a home match against Upottery who are having an indifferent season, having amassed just nine points from their opening eight games (kick-off 3pm).
Lyme, in seventh place in the table, are doing slightly better with ten points from six games and this is a fixture that manager in which Gerard Hitchcock will be expecting his side to return to winning ways.
Lyme got off to the worse of starts at Sturminster Newton who opened the scoring after just 25 seconds. The visitors dominated most of the rest of the game with exception of the last three minutes in which they conceded two more goals, having levelled the scores at 1-1 by half-time.
But again it was a question of not taking advantage of the many scoring chances created and the need for an out-and-out goalscorer is still am urgent requirement if Lyme are to finish in a respectable position in their first season in Premier football.
Hitchcock is confident they have what it takes to finish in a mid-table position which he feels will be a more than acceptable situation as this is the first season Lyme have competed at such a high level.
The Lyme boss was less than impressed with the standard of refereeing with seven players (four from Lyme) getting yellow cards, none for dangerous or reckless tackles, and he thought they had two good penalty shouts.
Lyme’s only goal came from Spaniard Jaime Rodriguez, who came on as a susbstite when Jake Bearpark was injured and Hitchcock was quick to praise him after the game as one of his star men on the day. Jaime’s college Ruben Rogel has returned to Spain but Hitchcpok is hoping he will have the talented Rodriguez at least until the end of October, possibly longer, as he completes his work experience at the Royal Lion Hotel. Hitchcock was also impressed with Sam Pollard-Jones.
Lyme Regis Reserves were also on cup duty last Saturday, losing 3-1 away to Lympstone 1st, from Division Three, in the Bill Lee Cup (full report to follow). Lyme Rovers were without a game. This coming Saturday the Reserves travel to Merley Cobham Sports Reserves in the first round of the Dorset Intermediate Cup.
Uplyme, having played just one Perry Street League Division One game so far this season, are struggling for players and had to call off their game against Thorncombe 1st because they could not raise a team. This coming Saturday they are scheduled to play Netherbury 1st.
Charmouth lost ground in their Perry Street Division One campaign after a good start to the season, losing 6-3 to Chard United Reserves, a team one place below them in the table. This Saturday Charmouth are at home to Forton Rangers Reserves.