LYME Regis tasted defeat in a 2-0 loss at home to lowly Exmouth Town Seconds in the Premier Division of the Devon & Exeter league.

Exmouth currently lie in 12th – fourth from bottom in the table, with 20 points, but having played as many as three less as some of their rivals.

As a result of the defeat, Lyme stay fifth but can now be caught by Witheridge Seconds, who are four points behind but with two games in hand.

Nathan Wormersley went close, as did Daly Holmes, while Exmouth hit the bar with one of the efforts during the first half.

It was after the break that the damage was done, however.

Stand-in goalkeeper Robbie Fowler, who played in place of the injured Will Meech and is usually an outfield player, was the man at fault.

A seemingly innocent shot came in and slipped under Fowler to hand the visitors the lead just two minutes into the second half.

Lyme did try to respond but found Exmouth gloveman Martin Rice in intimidating form.

Exmouth then doubled their lead after 79 minutes.

It came when Fowler was only able to get a hand to a cross-come-shot which ended up in the back of the net.

Again Lyme replied, but despite a good effort from substitute Cody Bowditch the Seasiders were unable to grab a consolation.

Lyme host Newtown on Saturday (3pm).