Lyme: Seasiders at summit

HAPPY: Tim Edwards

HAPPY: Tim Edwards

First published in Lyme Regis by , Sports Reporter

LYME Regis boss Tim Edwards couldn’t be much happier at the moment with his side sitting proudly at the top of Devon & Exeter League Division Three.

However, the Seasiders are only three games into the season and Edwards, pictured, certainly isn’t getting carried away with the team’s lofty position.

After a 1-1 draw against Woodbury, Lyme thrashed Axminster Town Seconds 9-0 with four goals for Levi Hoole and a Mark Bailey brace.

Then, last Saturday, the Seasiders scored twice in the last eight minutes to come from behind and beat Exmouth Town Seconds 2-1 at Davey Fort – that victory put them top of the table on goal difference from Teburn St Mary.

“We were on top for most of the game and then they scored a scrappy goal from a corner with 20 minutes left,” said Edwards.

“But we kept going and Dom Rowe equalised with a header from Mark Bailey’s cross and then in the 90th minute Will Mowbray cut in from the left and fired a shot wide of the keeper.

“Exmouth are supposed to be one of the strong-est sides in the division so to beat them was great, and we had eight players missing.”

He added: “We’ve got seven points out of nine and made a great start, but there is still a long way to go.”

Lyme are in Bill Slee Cup action at Halwill on Saturday (2pm).

Meanwhile, last weekend, the reserves lost 5-0 to West & Middle Chinnock in the Perry Street Premier League and the Bantams beat Farway United 3-1 in Division One.

WAYTOWN HOUNDS 0 CREWKERNE RESERVES 3

A SPIRITED performance from Waytown Hounds was not enough as they went down to Crewkerne Reserves in Perry Street Division Two.

With the Crewkerne first XI without a game, the reserves arrived with a side brimming with players from the top-flight winning team of last season looking to get minutes under their belts.

The Hounds put up a great fight and were only 1-0 down at half-time and pushed on in the second half.

A good move set up Matt Read, who went past a defender and put the ball in at the far corner of the net, but linesman had his flag up and the goal was disallowed.

Last season’s golden boot striker Jamie Spurdel then scored to make it 2-0 to Crewkerne, and a third was then added by former Chard Town striker Paul Gold. Steve Batterick saw a fierce shot hit a post late on for the Hounds.

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