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