LYME Regis closed out their Devon & Exeter League Premier Division season with 18 goals in their final two matches.

The Seasiders were responsible for 11 of those but remarkably only generated three points from their contests.

Chris Higgs’ men first came up against University of Exeter Seconds at Davey Fort on Saturday.

The students had only just thrashed the Seasiders 5-0 at Topsham two weeks previous, but the return fixture produced a huge shock.

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Few expected Lyme Regis to score eight goals, but the hosts romped to victory with an 8-2 win over the Devon side.

Lyme had not scored eight goals in a match since thumping Dawlish United 9-0 in the Covid-affected 2020/21 campaign.

This time around, Lyme witnessed hat-tricks for Kingsley Wellman and Dan Rendell, while Cameron Fowler and sub Sam Merigaux also got on the scoresheet.

Uni could only respond with a first-half goal for Sammy Ahmadi before a second-half consolation for Harry Dunlop with 22 minutes remaining.

After sealing their biggest win of the season, Lyme knew they were safe from the drop with the gap to the bottom two now unassailable for Okehampton Argyle Seconds and Elmore Seconds.

They faced a final journey to second-placed Kentisbeare, who needed a win as they continued their bid to stave off Lapford and earn the runners-up spot behind champions Alphington.

The Eagles duly started like a train as headers from Sam Tapp and Brad Riggs plus a left-footed effort from Ian Patchett put Kentisbeare in the driving seat.

Lyme fought back to 3-2 but a Riggs free-kick extended to two goals the hosts’ lead before Lyme inadvertently diverted a Lee Riggs cross beyond Will Meech in goal.

However, Lyme did notch a late consolation for 5-3 as Cam Fowler, Matt Loader-Mouland and Josh Rawlins ended up on the scoresheet.

Lyme’s efforts this season place them in 12th of the 14 teams.