LYME Reserves picked up three crucial points in their 2-0 win over Devon and Exeter League Division Three smugglers Pinhoe at the Davey Fort on Saturday.
After a couple of indifferent performances and winning only seven points from their first eight games, the Seasiders’ second string looked like they were being sucked into an early relegation battle.
This victory. however, lifted them a couple of places up the table but they are not out of the woods yet with games in hand over the teams below them.
Manager Dominic Rowe had to abandon his three at the back formation for a more traditional back four which included the versatile Shane Featherstone who usually plays up front. But it paid dividends as Lyme’s defence looked much more solid.
The reshuffle was caused when Lyme suffered an early blow when in-form keeper Rob Harp limped off the field early in the game with a hamstring strain. Defender Robbie Fowler donned the keeper’s gloves and gave his usual reliable service throughout.
After the early exchanges on a very slippery service, Lyme started to dominate and opened up the scoring in the 25th minute when Nicky Land fired home.
Goal number two came after 37th minute when a Shane Featherstone far post header from a perfect Nathan Wormersley corner gave the visiting keeper no chance.
That’s how the score stayed until half-time. Scoring chances were few and far between in the second half when Pinhoe, despite their lowly position at the foot of Division Three, matched Lyme well in all departments and never gave upon.
The Exeter side hit the post late in the game and Steve Batey went close for Lyme with a looping header which bounced off the bar in the closing stages.
This was a much better performance by the Ressies but this Saturday they face a tough afternoon at the Davey Fort when they entertain table toppers North Tawton.
Squad: Rob Harp, Ben Bowditch, Wallace Blackmore, Robbie Fowler, Nicky Land, Alex Rowe, Sam Pollard-Jones, Mark Batey, Steve Batey, Shane Featherstone, Freddie Andrews, Dan Rendall, Tim Edwards.