LYME Regis gave Lapford a brief scare before going down 3-1 in their Joma Devon & Exeter League Premier Division clash.

Seasiders’ boss Julien Simier had just 11 fit and available players for what is renowned as one of the toughest trips of the season.

And with several first-team regulars out, it came as no surprise when Lapford took the lead in the 14th minute through Ryan Clarke as a long throw was catapulted into the Lyme box.

Lapford’s second chance – and goal – of the half came seven minutes later when Mark Tucker fired home from the spot after a soft handball call.

Lyme, despite their selection issues, played some good football although lacked a cutting edge up front.

But the Seasiders were given a massive boost early in the second half when Dan Rendell converted Rob Fellingham’s cross.

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Lyme should have equalised midway through the half, only for Josh Daines to completely miss the ball with the goal gaping from a Cam Fowler cross.

From the attack, Lapford countered an added a third goal in a sucker punch from which they would not recover, sub Chris Burrow finishing a one-on-one with a scuffed finish.

Lyme now turn their attentions to a home game with Dawlish United at Davey Fort on Saturday (3pm).

However, the selection criss continues with only Brad Rowe and Gary Knight back available.

Simier said: “I was supposed to have Tom Bastin and Ricky Sargent but it’s going to be a better squad, more balanced. More players playing in their position.

“But still, it’s not a full squad for another two weeks minimum."