9:00am Wednesday 18th January 2012
By Ky Capel
WEST & MIDDLE CHINNOCK 2 LYME REGIS 5 LYME Regis maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier Street Premier Division, despite a below-par display at struggling West & Middle Chinnock.
The off-colour Seasiders fell behind in Somerset but saw in-form Joe Bond level proceedings before two penalties from Mark Bailey gave them a 3-1 lead at the break.
The second-from-bottom hosts refused to lie down and reduced the deficit, setting up a tense finale.
However, two goals in the final five minutes, from Will Mowbray and Steve Batey, added gloss to the scoreline.
Disappointed boss Robin Townsend said: “We knew they would be fighting for their lives.
“We had a phone call saying the game could be in doubt due to the overnight frost but we got there, the pitch was the size of a postage stamp and it was quite sticky, so it was a bit of a leveller.
“I was worried we would be a bit cocky and we went 1-0 down in 10 minutes. Defensive errors let them in and it was schoolboy defending, so I was fuming at that point and angry with one or two of them.
“But we managed to get ourselves back into the game and even their manager agreed that we should have had five penalties in the first half.
“We got two of the decisions and it was 3-1 at half-time. I said the next goal would be important because if they got it they would feel they had a chance while if we got it, it would kill the game.
“Too many players went missing and they made it 3-2 through sloppy defending on our part.
“We did score two more in the last five minutes so the scoreline didn’t really reflect the game that well as we almost came away with egg on our faces.”
Lyme, who sit 10 points clear at the summit, are without a fixture this weekend.
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