'Silver' hat-trick for the 'silver fox'

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

PERRY STREET: LYME REGIS Bantams' player Neil Mackenzie was Man of the Match against Thorncombe, the 46-year-old scoring his first hat-trick for at least 25 years! writes Lee Glanville.

LYME REGIS Bantams' player Neil Mackenzie was Man of the Match against Thorncombe , the 46-year-old scoring his first hat-trick for at least 25 years! And top scorer Rory Holmes, who grabbed two and is on 17 for the season, is looking over his shoulder at Mackenzie, 10. The Bantams won 5-0, players/manager Richard Vine having to step in when the ref called in sick. Two goals from Mackenzie saw Lyme 2-0 up by half time, the 'silver fox's' second goal being a fabulous dipping volley, a through ball having dropped over his shoulder. He completed his hat-trick after the break, Holmes having first chipped in with his two. Lyme first team are through to the next round of the Challenge Cup having easily seen off Barrington 5-0. "And it could easily have been double figures," said manager Rob Thom. "Even so it was the perfect post-Christmas run out, on a heavy pitch. We were able to get all three subs on for a decent spell too." A Dominic Rowe header got the ball rolling, Mark Bailey made it 2-0, Rob Thompson 3-0 by half time. Lyme continued their domination in the second period with Stuart King scoring what has to be the goal of the season, smashing home an inswinging left foot shot. "If that is what he has learnt at Bridport, then I am delighted," said Thom. Thompson, who was up for Man of the Match honours along with King and Ben Whittington, got the fifth and flashed a late shot just wide. No such luck for the Reserves who went out of the Daisy Hutchings Cup at the hands of Ilminster Colts 3-2. They had been disrupted by unavailabilty, injury and first team call-ups but played well, Ilminster just shading the match. They defended up the slope first half and went in 1-0 down at the break - the score coming after a poor goal kick from Robbie Prior. Down the slope they levelled through Jason Hawker, but a parried shot from Prior met a Colts' striker and they were soon 2-1 down. Hit on the break they conceded again but with 10 minutes on the clock pulled a goal back. They tried hard to force extra time but to no avail. Shaun Dixon and Brendan Gale did well. Millwey Rise beat Dowlish and Donyatt 5-2.They played up the slope in the first half after winning the toss as manager Ian Hall didn't want to defend the boggy bottom goalmouth in the second half. Marc Jenkins was up front alongside Gary Venn to do a 'bull in a china shop job' and enable Venn to pick up the loose balls. Twenty minutes into the game and Matt Hall put away a corner. Millwey's two central midfielders, Otreba and Featherstone, with good support from Phillips, got on top of the game. After thirty minutes, Gary Venn latched on to a free kick from Matt Beechy and, 10 minutes later, scored the goal of the game which took seven passes from the halfway line.Against the run of play, Dowlish got one goal back. Just before half time a cross went into Jenkins from Beechy, which he lashed into the top left hand corner. After the break Gary Venn completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes, latching onto a through ball from Jenkins. He would have had a couple more if the ball hadn't got stuck in the bog. after an hour, Dowlish and Donyatt got their second. Both teams tired from there on and the game just petered out. Manager Hall said: "We need to work on our fitness as better teams would have punished us when we became tired, especially compared to how fit we were at the start of the season. "The referee, Lance Turner, was, in my opinion, the best ref we have had this season.

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