Lyme bring on the big guns

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

THERE were smiles all round at Lyme Regis on Saturday night as, not only did the 1st and 2nd XIs win their Perry St league fixtures, but both the 1st XI boss Rob Thom and his assistant Robin Townsend came off the bench to star in the closing stages of the 2nd XI match.

THERE were smiles all round at Lyme Regis on Saturday night as, not only did the 1st and 2nd XIs win, but both the 1st XI boss Rob Thom and his assistant Robin Townsend came off the bench to star in the closing stages of the 2nd XI match. Lyme had a home double header and the 1st XI finally produced the goals they have been threatening all season in a 5-3 win over Merriott. Ironically the home side were 1-0 down and made a poor start to the game, bucking the season's trend, but they came good with two first half goals, one apiece from Rob Thompson, a left footed shot, and Mark Bailey, whose strike was whipped in from the left edge of the area. The sides were level by half time, keeper Ashley Caddy having featured heavily in spells when Merriott were definitely in charge, at one point having two goals ruled out in a minute! Thom said: "We didn't really deserve to be level at the break but we capitalised on our position against the elements in the second half." While Thom was tending to the injured Ben Whittington, Lyme scored with a great goal built from midfield which Rob Thompson finished. Merriott though weren't done with and levelled again and forced Caddy into another top drawer save. Mark Bailey also went off, injured in a tackle, and he was replaced by Joe Bond,up from the Reserves, who featured in the rest of the game. His corner set up Dominic Rowe to head home, and he nearly scored himself before Adam Caddy's 25 yard shot deceived the Merriott keeper. "It was a great confidence booster," Thom added. An 'older and fairly weighty-looking' subs' bench featured in the Reserves' clash with Chard Town Colts. Gerard Hitchcock, Rob Thom and Robin Townsend were all there, adding to the experience levels. Steve Batey scored the first two goals in a 5-2 win, both carbon copy headers from corner kicks. A Tom Bond free kick which looped over the wall made it 3-2 at half time. A Ben Morgan chip was pushed on top of the bar but Ben Walters scored the fourth and with 10 minutes to go it was time to bring on the big guns. In the last minute, a corner from Ali Rattenbury was headed on by Thom and skimmed in off Townsend who 'claimed the goal' according to a disgruntled Thom. Manager Mark Hodder picked out Ben Morgan and Rob Leveren, the latter up from the Bantams, for their efforts. The Bantams lost but only by one goal against Chard Rangers and had a huge boost to their confidence in an enjoyable game. Ady Porter, who hasn't played for two years, boosted midfield but, playing against the wind and the Rangers' slope, the Bantams were 3-0 down by the break. Jamie Jones scored for Lyme early in the second half and they missed further chances before adding a second goal with 10 minutes to go thanks to Lee Fifer. They had chances to go on and equalise in the last 10 minutes but they were just happy to be back in the mix after a less than fortuitous start to the season. Farway Utd manager Andy Baily wasn't disappointed with his players who lost 2-1 to White Horse but was disappointed with the players he didn't have - his side still being sorted out at noon on matchday. In the event he felt that his regular team would have earned the points against White Horse but he didn't have the option of pulling out as that would have led to the Reserves conceding their Daisy Hutchings Cup match to Hawkchurch.Travelling with the bare 11 is always nervewracking and Baily had first Simon Lane and then Robert Newton and James Salter struggling on with injuries. It was 0-0 at half time, Dave Summers standing in in goal. Tom Albano scored in his first league game since May 2007 and Chris Baily was Man of the Match. "All the players gave 100 per cent and I can't ask for any more than that," Baily said. Farway Reserves beat Hawkchurch 4-3 in the Daisy Hutchings Cup despite playing the last 25 minutes with 10 men, their goalkeeper Stuart Graham having been sent off. A Greg McCullom penalty and a Chris Legg goal put them 2-1 up at half time, Man of the Match Paul Salmon bundled in the third and sub Luke Sawyer scored the winner. Manager Rodney Lock was delighted with the team spirit shown. Millwey Rise Reserves beat Shepton Beauchamp 3-1 after going a goal down despite dominating the early exchanges. In the second half they let the ball do the talking and a great team performance was capped by a Gary Venn hat-trick. "Venn is carrying a shoulder injury but you just can't keep him down in that form," said a delighted Stuart Ellis. Millwey Rise 1st XI beat South Petherton 7-1 in Jack Venn Cup action and Uplyme also hit seven goals against White Horse Reserves.

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