Seasiders start life in Premier Division with three local derbies

LYME Regis first team will start life in the Devon & Exeter Premier Division, the highest standard in which they have played, with three local derbies.

They kick-off the new season with a home encounter against Beer Albion on Saturday, August 18th, followed by a trip down the coast to Seaton Town on Tuesday, August 21st and then a home match against fellow promotion candidates from last season, Colyton.

Lyme Regis Reserves, also promoted last season to Division Four, also start with a local derby away to Millwey Rise on Wednesday, August 22nd.

The three opening first team matches are likely to attract big crowds, both home and away. On a number of occasions last season the matches at the Davey Fort attracted more than some Western League clubs and Seaton and Beer also have a good following.

It will be a good test to see how Gerard Hitchcock’s squad deal with football in the Premier Division after encouraging pre-season results against Axminster Town and Coombe St Nicholas.

Other matches before the season proper gets underway include:

Wednesday, August 1 – Misterton v Lyme Regis Reserves

Wednesday, August 8 – Lyme Regis Reserves/Rovers v Bridport 3rds

Saturday, August 11 – Lyme Regis Reserves v Honiton Reserves

Saturday, August 11 – Lyme Regis Rovers v Honiton Town 3rds

Tuesday, August 14 – Ottery St Mary v Lyme Regis 1st

Thursday, August 16 – Waytown Hounds v Lyme RegisReserves







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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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