LYME Regis manager Robin Townsend admitted his side’s last-minute equaliser against Exmouth Town Seconds in the Devon & Exeter League Division One made the 1-1 draw feel “like a win”.

Substitute Sam Bevis equalised for the Seasiders in the 89th minute at Davey Fort after the visitors had taken a fortuitous lead from a goal kick in the first half.

Speaking about the opening game of the season, Townsend said: “I’m pleased to come away with a point – it felt like a win. I felt that was the correct result.

“We created chances in the second half and they played defensively to restrict us, but we managed to get the equaliser.”

That leveller came with just a minute left on the clock as Joe Bond’s initial effort was well saved by the away side’s keeper.

The rebound fell to Bevis, who headed the ball home from five yards.

Townsend added: “It was a scrappy game and I felt Gary Knight was superb for us.

“It was a typical season opener and we are pleased to get off the mark.”

The Seasiders now have to wait until Saturday, September 10 for the next clash, which will be against Alphington Seconds in the East Devon Senior Cup.

Their next league fixture is not until Saturday, September 24, against Wellington Town Seconds.

Seasiders: Cleal, Wellman (Clifton), Day, Knight, Hurst, Daniels (Simier), Finnigan, Bailey, Clarke, Bond, Ellis (Bevis). Subs not used: None