ROBIN Townsend could not find any fault with his players as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Exeter University Seconds.

The Seasiders were 1-0 down at the break before the visitors netted early in the second half to put the pressure firmly on the hosts.

Rhys Hayter scored to halve the deficit around the hour mark and despite the home side putting the university side to the sword late on, they were unable to get anything from the game.

The despairing manager said: “They created three chances and scored twice and we created 23 and only scored once.

“We hit the bar and missed an open goal. If we play like that for the rest of the season then I will be very happy. I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

He added: “Darren Lock was sensational on Saturday, he was our man of the match.

“Everybody played well as a collective, which was good to see.”

That was Lyme’s sixth Devon & Exeter Division One game of the season and their manager feels the team have now started to find their straps after welcoming in a host of new faces in over the summer.

Townsend explained: “We have so many new faces and it was always going to take time. It’s slowly getting there.

“I feel sorry for the boys that they didn’t get anything.”

The Davey Fort outfit are at home again this weekend when they take on Witheridge Seconds – a side that sit two points above them.