LYME Regis 1st go into 2019 confident they can keep pace with the leading pack in their very first season in the Devon & Exeter League Premier League, the highest level the club as played at in their long history.
The Seasiders finished 2018 with a dominant 3-0 away victory and the double over coastal neighbours Beer Albion, courtesy of goals from Ben Turner, Fred Parsons and Robbie Fellingham, but it could have easily been 6-0 had they taken all their chances.
Manager Gerard Hithcock will be satisfied to have completed the 2018 fixtures lying in fifth place in the Premier Division on 25 points, the same number as the side above them, Cronies, who have played one more game.
It’s tight at the top of the table which is led on goal difference by Colyton on 32 points from 14 games, followed by Exwick Villa (32 from 14), Newtown (32 from 13), Cronies and Lyme.
There was no football this weekend but Lyme return to action next Saturday (January 5th) with an away trip to struggling Topsham Town who have amassed only eight points from 14 games and are firmly entrenched in the bottom two.
Lyme Regis Reserves finished 2018 on a down note, losing 2-0 to Sturminster Marshall in the quarter final of the Dorset Intermediate Cup.
But this gives the Ressies the opportunity to concentrate on their Devon & Exeter Division Three campaign and they go into the New Year well–placed to challenge for promotion to Division Three.
The Lyme second string are well placed in fourth place, three points behind Teignmouth 2nds, but with two games in hand. The table is led by Alphington 3rds with a single point advantage over second placed Elmore 2nds who have two games in hand.
On Saturday the Reserves are at home to mid-tablers Hemyock (kick-off 2.15 pm).
The Seasiders’ third X1, the Rovers, are enjoying their best season since formation under the inspired leadership of joint managers Rob Larcombe and Niall Davis. They are sitting in fourth place in Perry Street Division Three and are well capable of pushing for promotion. They don’t play again until January 12th when they meet Farway Reserves, who sit two places below them in the table.
Uplyme have found the going tough in 2018, having played just seven games to date, leaving them second from bottom in Perry Street Division One. On Saturday they are at home to Misterton Reserves who are in fifth place.
Charmouth are enjoying a good season in Perry Street Division Two and lying in second place will be aiming to continue to push for a promotion place in 2019. On Saturday they are at home to Crewkerne Rangers Reserves who are struggling at the foot of the table.