LYME Regis boss Mark Bailey believes the return of fans to Davey Fort will be “huge” for the Seasiders.

Bailey’s men have played every game away this season but welcome in-form Dawlish United to the revamped Davey Fort on Saturday (3pm).

Lyme’s maiden Joma Devon & Exeter League Premier East in front of their home contingent is a welcome boost following the 3-1 loss at Colyton last time out.

The Seasiders now meet a Dawlish team boasting a record of four wins from five league games.

Bailey told the Bridport News: “They’ve started fairly strong and they were tipped pre-season to go well this year.

“Again, it’s a bit of an unknown because we’ve not played them for years.

“It’s their furthest trip to us as well, so I don’t know how willing they’ll be to travel.

“We may need to tweak things selection-wise and formation-wise and have a little look at it.

“It’s been so disjointed because of Covid and pre-season we just need to find a routine and get back playing regularly.”

On the return to Davey Fort, Bailey added: “It’s huge, it’s good for local football and it’s outdoors – relatively safe compared to everything else.

“Historically we’re really strong at home and we do get big crowds, which undoubtedly helps.”

Lyme’s Jake Sargent returns, while midfielder Bailey is training after a knee injury.

Ben Turner has one game to serve on his ban while defender Cody Bowditch is available despite signing dual forms with Bridport.