LYME Regis Reserves dominated from the kick-off in their home Devon and Exeter Division Three match against Hemyock on Saturday.
Right from the start the Seasiders’ forward players linked up with some good combinations which won a corner in which Gary Knight volleyed into the net from just inside the box.
Lyme quickly added a second from Matt Bradley, a new recruit who showed some brilliant close control and foot work. He beat three men and placed the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box. It was an electric start with Lyme two up in a matter of minutes.
Bradley made it 3-0 with some brilliant passing football coming from Jon Davies, calm on the ball when picking it up in the middle and it feeding into the front four, releasing Ben Bowditch who for second time this season slid the ball across for his team mate to place into an empty net.
Hemyock pulled one back just before half-time when Lyme started to tire after their hectic start. But they started the second half strongly as they took advantage of getting behind the visitors’ back three time and time again with Ben Bowditch and Louis Rinaldi adding two more goals, making in 5-1.
After some great play by Matt Bradley, having turned his man in midfield and driving forward, found Louis Rinaldi who flicked the ball through the defender’s legs, into the path of Cam Fowler to slot home cooly past the Hemyock keeper. Robbie Fowler wrapped up the win with a tidy finish in the box after good passing again by Louis Rinaldi and Darius Pickering.
Manager Matt Preece was slightly disappointed they conceded two fairly scrappy goals on the break in the second half, but overall he thought it was a “really enjoyable performance, probably my favourite one to watch from the sideline since stepping into the role”.
Preece added: “Our front four today of Zak Harrison, Matt Bradley, Louis Rinaldi and Ben Bowditch were outstanding and each worked hard, played great football and each would have a claim on being man-of-the-match, but just shading it for me was Louis Rinaldi, scoring one, having two goals disallowed for tight calls, setting up three and his tireless pressing and running. I was really proud of all the players today.
Squad: Rob Harp, Robbie Fowler,Gary Knight,Wallace Blackmore, Jon Davies; Alex Rowe, Cam Fowler, Zak Harrison; Ben Bowditch; Louis Rinaldi, Matt Bradley. Subs: Darius Pickering and Shaun Vallely.
This victory sees the Reserves go into third place in Division Three. This coming Saturday they are away to leaders Westexe Park Rangers.