Seasiders resume football with home tie against top of the league

LYME Regis 1st team resume their 2020-21 season following the easing of lockdown on Saturday, April 3 with a home match against Devon and Exeter League Premier East leaders Feniton (kick-off 3pm).

When the league was suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Seasiders had only played two league games, leaving them with 20 games to play to complete their fixtures.

With the government having announced that recreational sport can start again from March 29, the league management committee agreed to allow teams to drop out  if they did not feel they could complete their matches by the end of May with being penalised.

In the end,  20 clubs – equating to 31 teams – decided not to continue playing and this has left just five teams in the Premier East Devon – leaders Feniton, Lyme Regis, Kentisbeare, Chard Town Reserves and Dawlish United.

So having played two games, The Seasiders are left with just eight fixtures by the end of the season. Their second game back will be on Wednesday, April 14 (kick-off 6.20pm).

Unfortunately, spectators are not allowed in the ground until May 17, although many die-hard supporters are expected to watch from Spittles Lane, which is outside the ground perimeters. The clubhouse, however, will remain close until outside hospitality can be served from April 12 after the games.

Local premier rivals Beer Albion, Seaton Town and Colyton have all withdrawn but there is talk of a mini-league in East Devon to provide players with some football before next season.

Lyme Reserves will also be resuming their season in Division One East alongside leaders Exmouth Rovers, East Budleigh, Otterton, Teignmouth 2nds, Clyst. Valley 2nds, Dunkeswell Rovers and Lympstone.

Having played three games, they have 14 matches left to play, the first one away to Teignmouth on April 3, followed by a home match against Otterton at the Davey Fort on Easter Monday (April 5). On Saturday, April 10 they will be at home to Clyst Valley (kick-off 3pm).

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