A WONDERFUL 45-yard strike from Ben Vine sent Lyme Regis on their way to a convincing 4-1 win in Division One of the Devon & Exeter League.

The victory keeps the Seasiders’ hopes of promotion alive with three games remaining.

Lyme began on top and in charge but missed a couple of half-chances to give themselves the lead.

The first goal saw Vine score from 45 yards having seen the Heavitree goalkeeper off his line.

Julian Simier then could not get a touch on the Heavitree goal-line five minutes later.

The two sides went in level but it did not take long for Lyme to strike again in the second half.

Vine then doubled his tally when he reacted quickly after the Heavitree goalkeeper saved from Fred Parsons.

Lyme gave away a penalty after a rash challenge from Cody Bowditch in the 55th minute which the away side tucked away.

Simier then lobbed in from a tight angle to re-establish the two-goal lead five minutes later.

Simier finished from nine yards after 70 minutes from a Chris Herbst cross to wrap up the game.

Lyme’s interim-manager Mark Bailey said: “I am very happy because they were pretty much the form side in the league. They have not lost in a long time.

Lyme: Higgs, Bowditch, Knight, Wellman, Larcombe, Fellingham, Parsons, Turner (Rodrigues 70), Simier, Vine, Bailey (Herbst 60)