Young defenders impress Lyme manager

LYME Regis FC’s pre-season preparation took another positive step when the first team came away from Somerset Senior side Combe St Nicholas with a 1-0 win.

The Seasiders had numerous chances in the first half but it was that man again – Ben Vine – who got the all important goal, another screamer from 30 yards out.

Vine scored a brilliant individual effort in Lyme’s 2-2 draw against South West Peninsular side Axminster Town and manager Gerard Hitchcock described him as “being on fire” after this game.

Hitchcock was particularly pleased with his make-shift back four with an average age of 19 – Cam Fowler, Kingsley Wellman, Robbie  Fowler and Cody Bowditch. They were up against a striker with Western League experience who, according to the Lyme boss, “didn’t get a look in”.

Hitchcock is hoping to organise another fiendly against opposition from a higher level this coming Saturday (details to be confirmed).

Other friendlies already arranged are:

Thursday, July 26 -Axminster Reserves v Lyme Regis Reserves

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

Lyme Regis 1st X1 start their Devon & Exeter Premier Division fixtures on Saturday, August 18. The Reserves, who will be playing in Devon & Exeter Division Four, start on Wednesday, August 22. 


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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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