LYME Regis 1st team made a storming start to the new season onSaturday with a 6-0 victory over Chagford in the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division at the Davey Fort.
There were few scoring chances in the first 30 minutes but when the Seasiders got into their stride they turned in a sparking performance with centre-forward Joe Bond scoring four goals, including a penalty. Ben Vine also notched a brace. Chagford missed a penalty late on.
The dominance of this performance will send a strong message to other Premier division sides that Lyme will be among the favourites for the Premiership this season.
Shock result of the opening day was that the much fancied Colyton losing 2-0 away to Lapford and title favourites Cronies just managed to scrape home with a 2-1 home win over Whipton and Pinhoe.
A 9-2 away win over Seaton Town saw Okehampton Argyle take the top spot in thePremier Division with Lyme in second place.
Lyme manager Gerard Hitchcock was delighted with his side’s opening performance, putting the difference between the two sides down to Lyme’s greater level of fitness after an intense pre-season training programme under new coach Julien Simier.
Hitchcock told LymeOnline Sport: “We were the fitter side and it was a game played at 100 miles per hour. After we went 3-0 up, we went into cruise control.”
Hitchcock acknowledged Joe Bond’s four-goal haul but gave his man-of-the-match accolade to midfielder Fred Parsons who was in tremendous form and was influential in creating four out of the six goals.
Lyme meet neighbours Seaton Town at the Davey Fort tomorrow (Wednesday) evening (kick-off 6.30 pm) when he will make two ore three changes from Saturday’s team to keep the squad fresh before their away trip to Kentisbeare on Saturday. Seaton were thrashed 9-2 by Okehampton Argyle.
LYME Rovers also good off to a good start with a 3-2 win over Uplyme to retain the Bass Bottle, the pre-season trophy competition between the neighbouring sides. The Lyme goals came from Sam Burke, Robbie Fowler and a Pete Peacock penalty.
AXMINSTER Town also got off to a fine start in the South West Peninsular Premier East Division with a 5-0 thrashing of Marjon Plymouth, their goals coming from Dan Beer, Jacob Rowe, Dan Peach, Richard Hebditch and Ben Allen. Will Spurway got man-of-the-match.