Seasiders up for crucial promotion clash with Colyton

WITH eight Devon and Exeter League Division One games left to play this season, Lyme Regis 1st team, who have not played a home fixture for 17 weeks due to the heavily waterlogged pitch at the Davey Fort, find themselves in third place and still in with a chance of promotion, although they are being chased by teams with several games in hand.

As the table below shows, University of Exeter 2nds, with 38 points from 16 games have a ten-point lead at the top over second placed Colyton, but the Devon villagers have six games in hand  and could end up champions. But the Uni second string will not be able to be promoted because their first team play in the Premier League.

Lyme are in third place with 38 points from 16 games and can  be caught by Perry Street & Yonder Hill (25 points from 13 games) and Lapford 1sts (24 points from 14). Chard Town Reserves (with 20 points from 16 games), having being beaten 5-0 by Uni on Saturday’s only Division One game,  could well now be out of it.

So Lyme’s home game with Colyton next Saturday will be crucial for the Seasiders and the game will be switched to the G4 pitch at Axminster Leisure Centre due to the state of the Davey Fort pitch.

The Seasiders will be hoping  the old adage that it is “better to have points on the board than games in hand” rings true and with a new-found team spirit under caretaker manager Mark Bailey, a victory over Colyton would keep Lyme well in the mix.

1st team scheduled games as follows (subject to change):

Saturday 07/04 Colyton (Home kick off TBC to be played at Axminster 3g)

Tuesday 10/04 Sidmouth 2nds (Home 6.30pm) – Grandisson Cup Quarter Final

Saturday 14/04 Lapford (Away 3.00pm)

Saturday 21/04 Free Week requested

Saturday 28/04 Bickleigh (Home 2.15pm)

Monday 30/04 University 2nds (Home 7pm)

Wednesday 02/05 Sidmouth 2nds (Home 6.30pm)

Monday 07/05 Heavitree 2nds (Home 3pm)

Friday 11/05 Perry Street (Home 6.30pm)

Saturday 19/05 Wellington 2nds (Home TBC)

East Devon Senior Cup game with Alphington 2nds still to be rescheduled. Potential Sunday fixture.

 Reserve team scheduled fixtures (subject to change):

Saturday 07/04 No fixture (should have been Exwick Village) – those eligible will be required for Rovers semi final.

Saturday 14/04 Elmore 2nds (Home 3pm)

Sunday 15/04 Westexe Park Rangers – Football Express Cup Semi-Final (Away 2pm)

Saturday 21/04 Black Swan (Home 3pm)

Monday 23/04 Offwell Rangers (Away 6.30pm)

Thursday 26/04 Dunkeswell (Home 6.30pm)

Saturday 28/04 Awliscombe (Home 4.45pm)

Thursday 03/05 Hemyock (Away 6.30pm)

Saturday 05/05 Culm Utd (Home 3pm)

Monday 07/05 Halwill 2nds (Away 4.45pm)

Saturday 12/05 Free week requested

Reserve team Football Express Cup Semi-Final will now be played on Sunday 8th April at Westexe Park Rangers 1pm kick off.
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Reserves till have to schedule the home game with Ilminster Town Reserves.

Rovers fixtures for rest of the season as follows (subject to change):

Saturday 07/04 Merriot Dynamos – Bill Bailey Cup Semi-Final (2pm at Hinton pitch)

Wednesday 11/04 Farway Reserves (away 6.15pm)

Saturday 14/04 Ilminster A – John Fowler Cup Quarter Final (away 2pm)

Saturday 21/04 Donyatt (home 2.30pm at Woodroffe)

Monday 23/04 Ilminster A (home 6.15pm at Davey Fort or Woodroffe TBC)

Thursday 26/04 Chard Utd All Stars (away 6.15pm) or Bill Bailey Cup Final?

Saturday 28/04 Chard Rangers Reserves (away 2.30pm)

Saturday 05/05 Thorncombe Reserves (home 2.30pm at Woodroffe )

Tuesday 08/05 Merriot Dynamos (home 6.15pm at Davey Fort or Woodroffe TBC)

HOME AWAY OVERALL
POS Division  1 P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
1 University of Exeter 2nd 16 7 1 0 32 7 5 1 2 24 10 12 2 2 56 17 39 38
2 Colyton 1st 10 5 1 0 29 8 4 0 0 16 5 9 1 0 45 13 32 28
3 Lyme Regis First 16 4 1 0 17 6 4 3 4 22 24 8 4 4 39 30 9 28
4 Perry Street & Yonder Hill First 13 5 2 1 24 10 2 2 1 15 8 7 4 2 39 18 21 25
5 Lapford 1st 14 5 1 2 30 14 2 2 2 12 16 7 3 4 42 30 12 24
6 Chard Town Reserves 16 4 1 3 12 21 2 1 5 13 24 6 2 8 25 45 -20 20
7 Cullompton Rangers 2nd 14 4 2 1 27 10 1 2 4 13 19 5 4 5 40 29 11 19
8 Sidmouth Town 2nd 12 3 0 4 22 19 3 1 1 18 10 6 1 5 40 29 11 19
9 Chagford 1st 15 3 1 2 18 11 3 0 6 21 22 6 1 8 39 33 6 19
10 Heavitree United 2nd 12 1 2 3 8 20 2 1 3 16 25 3 3 6 24 45 -21 12
11 Wellington Reserves 17 3 2 4 18 22 0 1 7 12 41 3 3 11 30 63 -33 12
12 Bickleigh 1st 13 1 0 7 15 47 2 0 3 15 21 3 0 10 30 68 -38 9
13 Alphington 2nd 16 1 1 4 6 12 1 1 8 10 33 2 2 12 16 45 -29
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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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