Cronies FC 2

Lyme Regis 0

LYME Regis came unstuck against an impressive Cronies FC side who recorded a comfortable 2-0 Devon & Exeter League Division One victory at Coronation Fields.

The result sees the Seasiders sit in fifth position in the league going into a tricky run of fixtures.

It was a fairly even encounter during the opening period with neither side creating a lot in terms of chances but a penalty area scramble gave the table-toppers the lead.

A routine corner was whipped in, and with the Lyme defence making a meal of the clearance, the ball was caught in a penalty area scramble in which the goalkeeper and the ball were bundled over the line. The away side were calling for a free-kick but the referee chose to give Cronies a 1-0 lead.

On the stroke of half-time, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when a player reacted badly to not being awarded a free-kick. Lyme should have made the most of the advantage but struggled to break down a resilient Cronies’ defence, before they broke and made it 2-0.

It was a flat second-half display and Lyme manager Robin Townsend was equally disappointed with his side’s effort.

He said: “We were like rabbits in the headlights really, we never really got going. It was a disappointing second half from our point of view but credit to them, they broke the play up superbly and there was so many people behind the ball it made it so difficult for us.

“All in all it was a very disappointing and frustrating day.”