LYME Regis have started their search for a new first-team manager following Tim Edwards’ decision to step down.

Seasiders’ chairman Howard Larcombe thanked Edwards on behalf of the club’s committee for his two-and-a-half years as boss.

While he has relinquished the reins of the Davey Fort side, Edwards remains a Lyme player and committee member.

Edwards led the Seasiders into the Devon & Exeter League at the start of last season, guiding them to promotion to the second division.

That came after Edwards took Lyme to second place in the Perry Street Premier Division the season before.

Edwards leaves the club with Lyme sitting sixth in division two having picked up 15 points from their first eight matches.

“We’re obviously sorry to see him step down but he has got a young family and work commitments,” said Larcombe.

“As a committee, we certainly thank Tim for his efforts – he helped us make the transition into the Devon & Exeter League seamlessly.

“He will still be involved on a regular basis as either a player or helping out from the sidelines, and he will stay on the committee.”

Lyme lost 2-1 to Exmouth Town Reserves last time out and go to University Thirds this Saturday (2.15pm).

The reserves were beaten 2-1 by Langdon Reserves in division seven last Saturday and host Tivvy Park Rangers next (2.15pm).