Lyme win as rain decimates programme

PUBLISHED: 09:30 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

LYME REGIS took advantage of the near wash out of the league..

LYME REGIS took advantage of the near wash out of the league and picked up three welcome points away to Misterton. The pitch, while heavy, was perfectly playable and Lyme were delighted to win, keep a clean sheet and boost team morale at the same time. They didn't have the most auspicious start though. Dominating the early exchanges, Lyme had an effort pushed around the post by a defender, but the action went unseen by the ref. The resulting header was flicked to the far post and hooked off the line, most of the Lyme contingent believing it had been over. Five minutes later a carbon copy corner saw Steve Batey's header cleared off the line but the ball fell for Aaron Cleal to score. Batey was called up from the reserves for his tenacity and he played a holding role, giving Adam Caddy the freedom of the park. Alex Hughes did well up front and Malcolm Derby pushed forward as well. Any attacks from Misterton were snuffed out. After 20 minutes Misterton brought on a sub to man mark Caddy and the tactic worked for a while.They hit the post but back up at the other end Aaron Cleal laid the ball back for Caddy who set up Rob Thompson to smash home. Hughes had further chances and, when one was parried back by the keeper, Hughes was left with an open goal but fired the ball over the bar. "I was worried we hadn't killed the game off by half time," said boss Rob Thom. Thompson went off with a hamstring tweak and Mark Bailey - nine weeks out of the 1st XI through injury - was on for 45 minutes. Misterton had a good spell before Lyme had three good shots in a row - Derby, Hughes and Craig Richards all hit the bar. Cleal was denied a certain goal by a divet but when Mark Hale went off injured Lyme really had to close ranks for the last 10 minutes to keep the clean sheet. Thom is looking forward to meeting Crewkerne next Saturday.

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