LYME Regis continued their flourishing French connection when they welcomed US Creully from Normandy to Davey Fort.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the sides’ twinning, Julien Simier scored a hat-trick against his former club in a 4-3 win for Lyme, Joe Bond also found the net for the Seasiders while keeper Chris Higgs saved a penalty.

Commenting on the occasion, Lyme chairman Howard Larcombe said: “We have strong links with the guys from Normandy and have a game, either home or away, every year.

“We had a meal on Saturday at the golf club and a few drinks around the town on the Friday night.”

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed the first team will play in Division Two of the Devon & Exeter League next term, while the reserve team will switch to Division Seven from the Perry Street Premier.

Larcombe added: “Because the first team were so well received and we had such a good response from the Devon and Exeter League itself, both on and off the field, we thought the time was right to move the reserve team as well.”

Lyme Bantams will now ply their trade in the Perry Street Premier.

“We are always welcoming new players, training is on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm at the Davey Fort,” Larcombe added.