LYME Regis fought off an injury and availability dilemma to beat Dawlish United 2-0 and record their first Joma Devon & Exeter League Premier Division win of the season.

Back in front of their fans at Davey Fort, Lyme were able to field an improved side from the 11-strong squad that travelled to Lapford last weekend.

And the Seasiders were handed the dream start in the fourth minute when Callum Garrett’s blockbuster strike fizzed into the top corner.

Lyme might have added to their tally but for Ben Turner’s missed header six yards out, while Brad Rowe spurned two one-on-one chances.

Dawlish’s youthful side crept back into the game after half-time but failed to capitalise on their monopoly of possession, wasting their half-chances.

With nine minutes to go, the diligent Rowe grabbed the goal his performance deserved with a cool finish beyond the Dawlish keeper.

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There was one minor scare late on when Chris Higgs was forced into a flying stop, but he produced the goods to help wrap up the points.

Lyme boss Julien Simier said: “Last week we played some good football but couldn’t convert.

“This time, we managed to put two in and were solid at the back. I’m very, very happy.”

Lyme visit second-placed Thorverton on Saturday (3pm).

Simier added: “I know from word of mouth they’re going to be a good team, they’re trying to play football and have picked up a couple of players.

“It shows in the results they’ve had, two wins. I have a feeling it’s going to be a tough, especially away.

“But having that win will bring us more confidence.”

Defenders Rikki Sargent and Cam Vere plus Dan Rendell should return and Tom Bastin is 50/50.

Lyme: Higgs, Pollard-Jones (Rinaldi 65), K Wellman, Fowler, G Knight, Larcombe (B Bowditch 75), Fellingham, Garrett, Parsons, Turner, Rowe.