CHAIRMAN Howard Larcombe insists there is “no pressure” on Lyme Regis boss Robin Townsend to deliver promotion next season, but knows his manager will have a burning desire to do so.

The Seasiders finished in sixth spot in Devon & Exeter Division One last term with 29 points from 20 games played.

Having risen through the leagues since switching their first team to the Devon & Exeter structure from the Perry Street League, Larcombe admits while he would like to see Premier Division football at Davey Fort, there is no demand for it to happen.

He said: “I’d like to think we could push on to the Premier but we will see. There is no pressure from within the club to get promotion, but hopefully we can.

“I know Robin was disappointed with mid-table and he will obviously be looking for more. Division One is not an easy one to be in and we may have reached the level where we are going to stabilise at.

“Robin doesn’t like losing anything and fair play to him.”

Lyme, who are once again set to field three senior teams next season, had a strong turnout of 32 for their first-pre-season session last week across the squads.

“It was very encouraging and was probably the highest turnout for several years, so all looks good on that front,” Larcombe added.

“We have the same management teams in place this year with the addition of an assistant-manager for the Rovers, which is Adrian Wood.

“We have a steady ship and a strong committee. Everybody chips in and it’s a real team ethos we have got. All three teams train together, drink together, and it’s a tight-knit club.”

n The Seasiders always welcome new faces who would like to go along to training at Woodroffe School on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.30pm).

n Beaminster are set to switch from the Perry Street Premier Division to the Dorset Senior League.