Lyme Regis fly the flag in county FA showpiece

FLYING THE FLAG: The Lyme Regis team which started Friday evening’s showpiece match. Line-up, standing, from left; Dec Ellis, Lee Cleal, Kingsley Wellman, Luke Clifton, Julien Simier, Kieren Daniels. Front; Chris Herbst, Matt Laing (Capt), Mark Bailey, Rob Fellingham, Cody Bowditch. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE

HAVING been awarded the honour of one of only two teams from across the whole county to be invited to take part in this showpiece match, Lyme Regis fully played their part before finally being succombing to their Dorset Premier Division opponents.

Lyme Regis 2 Sturminster Newton Utd 5
Mark Frowde Memorial Trophy
The teams stood for the national anthem before being introduced to the guest of honour Martin Glenn the CEO of the Football Association who had obviously had a trying week following the shock sacking of England manager Sam Allardyce.
Mr Glenn told View Sports: “It’s really nice to get away from London and into the heart of the country to be involved in some pure grassroots football.”

HONORED GUEST: Lyme Regis FC President Philip Evans (left) meet FA CEO Martin Glenn. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE
HONORED GUEST: Lyme Regis FC President Philip Evans (left) meets FA CEO Martin Glenn. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE

The opening half hour of the match failed to produce any clear-cut chances although Kieren Daniels and Cody Bowditch, making his full debut in a Lyme shirt after a brief spell with South West Peninsula League outfit Sidmouth Town, both had half chances as Lyme shaded it.
But they fell behind slightly against the run of play in the 31st minute to a Harry McGrath goal, and were ulucky not to concede again when a scorching half volley struck the angle. Lyme keeper Lee Cleal was then called into action with a fine double save but a misunderstanding soon after saw Stur go 2-0 up through Jamie Danoris with the Seasiders’ defence in disarray.
They managed to pull one back when Julien Simier slotted home after a good link up with Mark Bailey. But the killer third came right on the stroke of half time when a long ball into the box was headed home by an unmarked Darren Spiller.
The Seasiders grabbed a foothold soon after the turnaround when Rob Fellingham’s free kick from way out wide was glanced home by Chris Herbst. But hopes of a fight back were extinguished in the 66th minute by a towering header from a corner by Neil Sweatman that made it 4-2. The scoring was completed a minute later when a Elliott Eavis’ lob from out wide caught Cleal in no-man’s land.
Sturminster should have added to their tally several times in the last 15 minutes, but Cleal redeemed his earlier error with a string of astonishing saves that kept the final score line down. But the evening proved to be a wonderful experience for both teams, in particular the seven teenagers in the Lyme Regis squad.
Lyme Regis (442); Lee Cleal, Chris Herbst, Kingsley Wellman (Gary Knight 61), Matt Laing (Capt), Luke Clifton, Rob Fellingham, Kieren Daniels (Tyrone Ruth 68), Cody Bowditch, Dec Ellis, Mark Bailey, Julien Simier (Jonny Day 75). Unused subs; Stefan Taylor, Cameron Fowler.

Devon & Exeter League Division One results;  Bickleigh 1 Alphington Reserves 1 Colyton 3 Witheridge Reserves 4 Cronies FC 8 Wellington Town Reserves 1 Sidmouth Town Res 3 Willand Rovers Res 0

Silverton 0 Lyme Regis Reserves 4
Devon & Exeter League Division Six
LYME Regis Reserves had few problems as they continued their march up the Division Six table with a third consecutive victory.
“It was a very poor pitch and we should have a few more, Will Meech our keeper had barely anything to do other than keep warm,” said Lyme manager Gerard Hitchcock.
Several chances had come and gone before a Matt Thomas shot from the edge of the area squirmed its way into the net for the popular midfielder’s first goal of the season.
The lead was doubled early in the second half when a neat move involving Mark Bailey and Tyrone Ruth culminated in Fred Thomson sweeping the ball home from six-yards out. Thomson then added his second and the team’s third and the points were in the bag. Defender Ally Rattenbury rounded things off when the home keeper made a hash of his swerving free-kick.
Other Division 6 results; Elmore Reserves 1 Hemyock 0 Exwick Village 3 Offwell Rangers 2 Halwill Reserves 2 Tivvy Park Rangers 3 Winkleigh 7 Dunkeswell Rovers 0

Daisy Hutchings Cup – L16
Winsham Utd Res (D2) 1 Uplyme (D1) 4
UPLYME secured their place in the last eight with a fine first half showing that had them 3-0 in front with just half an hour played.
Uplyme started sluggishly and had to rely on keeper Marcus Bearpark to keep the score level with a couple of early saves.
However, with six minutes on the clock Dan Boot pulled the ball back for Lloyd Cleal to slide it home. The Swallows then dictated the play, frustrating the opposition in the process. With 24 minutes gone, Jake Bearpark was brought down on the edge of the box and Steve Batey slotted home the resulting free-kick.
The third came soon after and was almost a carbon copy of the first. This time it was Aaron Cleal who chased down a lost cause and pulled the ball back for Boot to score a deserved goal.
Uplyme then took their foot off ‘the gas’ and Ryan Cox pulled one back for the hosts to make it 3-1. But this woke The Swallows from their slumbers and Aaron Cleal turned provider again with a long throw which was headed home by Jon Davies. Winsh improved after the interval and both sides had chances to add to the scoreline but the game finished 4-1.

WINSHAM Utd’s lead at the top was cut to just two points after they suffered their first defeat of the season – a 2-1 reverse at the hands of South Petherton at Lightgate Lane. Pethy took the lead midway through the first half through Shane Adcock-Case but the visitors leveled soon after when Bradley Masters headed in. Mark Nelms grabbed what proved to be the winner in the second-half.
Beaminster underlined their title credentials with a fine 4-0 win over West & Middle Chinnock at Oxleaze. Murray Legg fired the visitors ahead in the 19th minute and Rich Hebditch made it 2-0 with half an hour on the clock. The Chinns were then reduced to 10 men when Matt Harvey was shown a second yellow card by referee John Boulton.

 DESPERATE DEFENDING: Action from West & Middle Chinnock (yellow) v Beaminster.
DESPERATE DEFENDING: Action from West & Middle Chinnock (yellow) v Beaminster.

Russell Legg scored the pick of the goals early in the second half when showed good chest control before smashing the ball home. Hebditch made it 4-0 with Beaminster manager Gordy Childs picking out Russell Legg, Josh Baker and Ash Walkey, back after a spell with Bridport, as his top performers.
Down at the bottom Drimpton are still chasing their first points after a 5-2 home defeat by Combe Reserves. “We were a bit unlucky, we just couldn’t put our chances away,” said Drimpton boss Mark Pearce. Chris Rowswell and an OG gave the Greens hope but these were snuffed out by Ricardo Silva who bagged four for the Saints.
Despite scoring their first league goal and taking the lead, Netherbury were unable to hold off a much changed Shepton team. The Ambers started well and took the lead when Pete Ellingham went on a barnstorming run from midfield, dribbling past two defenders and then the keeper to make after 14 minutes. Shepton grew into the game and had the hosts under pressure for the last 20-25 minutes of the first half. This included them hitting the crossbar and forcing keeper Charlie Morgan to make two excellent one-on-one saves. But the Ambers could not hold out until half time and in the 45th minute, Aaron Stayner curled in a quality left footed freekick into the top corner.
Netherbury altered their shape and had all the play in the opening 10 minutes of the game, so it was blow when Shepton were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute when Steve Symonds left a leg out. Ben Pitman converted the spot kick and George Pugson went close to adding a third when he struck the crossbar for a second time. But despite two fine further fine saves from MoM Morgan, Shepton clinched the when Brad Pitman set up Pugson.
“The goal just before half time was hard to take, but I felt we had a chance to get something from the game even at 2-1, but the third game was a killer” said Nethyerbury Joint Manager James Sayers.

Combe A 0 Waytown Hounds 2
With a number of players missing Waytown were still able to put out a strong starting 11 thanks to the depth of their squad.
The opening exchanges were scrappy and Combe nearly went ahead after 15 mins, but keeper Lee Cuff was on hand to make a decent save. The Hounds settled and Jon Legg ran onto a lovely through ball to lob the advancing keeper to open the scoring.
The Hounds were quite comfortable in the second half as Combe rarely threatened. Legg was able to double the lead pouncing on a poor pass to tap home. Waytown created further chances, just not able to finish them. There was even time for Manager Joe Carter to have a cameo following an injury to Sam Dowle who had a great game at left back.
Tom Franklin’s hard work and vision in centre midfield earned Carter’s MoM award.

Farway Utd 2 Charmouth 1
TWO goals in the last 15 minutes saw Farway United come from behind to beat Charmouth 2-1 in the Division Two match at Eastlee Park.
Brin Seward fired the Robins ahead but a Kristen Knight rocket from the edge of the area leveled things up.
Farway then missed a golden chance to edge in front when Ernie Stobbs’ penalty was well saved by Charmouth keeper Kierran Bearpark. But Brad King popped up with the winner three minutes from time.

Merriott Dynamos 5 Lyme Rovers 5
THERE was 10-goal thriller at the Merriott Recreation Ground where Lyme Rovers led 3-1 with an hour gone but in the end were grateful for a Pete Peacock penalty deep into stoppage time at the end of the match to salvage a point.
Lyme opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Peacock shot low into the corner after good work from youngster Ryan King. But the lead lasted barely a minute when a deflected shot gave stand-in keeper Andrew Tomkins no chance. Tomkins suffered a groin strain soon after and was left hobbling for the remainder of the match.
A great pass from new skipper Jedd Whittington saw Peacock through to make it 2-1 on the half hour and Lyme carried the lead into the break.
The Seasiders extended their advantage a minute after the turnaround when the pass of the match from Jim Larcombe sent Peacock galloping clear and the striker made no mistake. Larcombe was then in action at the other end with a goal line block, but the Dynamos weren’t to be denied and they pulled one back from the penalty spot after referee Tim Paul spotted a trip.
And the man in the middle pointed the spot three minutes later, this time at the other end, when Batey was pushed over in the area. Teenage winger King stepped up but couldn’t repeat his successful spot kick from last week and Dynamos keeper Ross Wetherall saved well.

GOAL: Pete Peacock's stoppage time penalty flashes high into the net to save a point for Lyme Regis Rovers from their goal-laden trip to Merriott Dynamos. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE
GOAL: Pete Peacock’s stoppage time penalty flashes high into the net to save a point for Lyme Regis Rovers from their goal-laden trip to Merriott Dynamos. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE

This deflated Lyme, and the hosts struck twice to lead 4-3 only for Batey to net with a fine looping header from a Larcombe free-kick. Merriott thought they’d snatched it when Tomkins was beaten for a fifth time in the 84th minute but the Seasiders had other ideas; Batey had a back post volley stopped on the line by a defender, and seconds later was then felled in the box for a second time. Up stepped Peacock to drill in the penalty high into the roof of net with virtually the last kick of the match for his 140th goal for the club.
Batey was awarded manager Terry White’s vote for Man-of-the-Match.

RESULTS – DIVISION ONE; Combe A 0 Waytown Hounds 2, Forton Rangers 20 (R.Walker 6, C.Barfoot 4, A.Stevenson 4, D.Harris, W.Long, O.Ladd, C.Warry, E.Richards) South Petherton Res 0, Pymore p Hawkchurch Utd p (No referee).
DIVISION TWO; Chard Utd Res 2 (J.Brown, O.Ribeiro – Brown and B.Ferrira sent-off) Chard Rangers 7 (G.Best 3, T.Warren, J.Capper, S.Marshall, S.Loader), Dowlish & Donyatt 5 (G.Babb, J.Warry, S.Fisher, N.Doey, M.Hull) Kingsbury Episcopi 2 (O.Osborne 2), Farway Utd 2 (K.Knight, B.King) Charmouth 1 (B.Seward).
DIVISION THREE; Chard Rangers Res 3 (K.Cavanagh, J.Mason, B.Butler) Chard Utd All Stars 4 (S.Ridley-Brown 2, B.Venn, K.Wheaton), Crewkern Rangers Res 7 (T.Martin 2, K.Durrant, J.Martin, M.Traynor, A.Gurek, L.McColl) Farwa Utd Res 1 (C.Horn), Fivehead 2 Forton Rangers Res 5 (S.Packer 3, B.Marsden 2), Merriott Dynamos 5 (M.Hill 2, C.Hawkins 2, D.Baker) Lyme Regis Rovers 5 (P.Peacock 4, M.Batey), Thorncombe Res (L.Beer, D.Mather, M.Lee) Drimpton Res 4.

FIXTURES Saturday, October 8th
DORSET SENIOR TROPHY R1; (2.30pm) Holt Utd v Lyme Regis
DORSET INTERMEDIATE CUP R1 (2.30pm) Beaminster v Broadmayne Drimpton v Lyme Regis Reserves Swanage & Herston Reserves v Netherbury
DIVISON ONE; Bickleigh v Willand Rovers Reserves Colyton v Alphington Reserves Cronies FC v Witheridge Reserves Exmouth Town Res v University Reserves Wellington Town Res v Sidmouth Town Res.
DIVISION SIX; Dunkeswell Rovers v Silverton Hatherleigh Town Res v Central FC Offwell Rangers v Elmore Reserves Stoke Hill v Tivvy Park Rangers Winkleigh v Exwick Village.
SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP (2.30ko); Barrington v Draycott Coleford Athletic v Chard Utd Misterton v Purnell Sports Reserves Perry Street v Wagtail Athletic Shepton Beauchamp v Stoke-sub-Hamdon South Petherton v Freshford Utd Frome Collegians v W & M Chinnock DAISY HUTCHINGS CUP R1; Dowlish & Donyatt v Pymore (2pm).
PREMIER Winsham Utd v Combe Reserves.
DIVISION ONE Forton Rangers v Ilinster Town Colts Hawkchurch Utd v Combe St Nicholas A Merriott Rovers v South Petherton Res Uplyme v Shepton Beauchamp Reserves Waytown Hounds v Barrington Reserves.
DIVISION TWO Crewkerne Rangers v Charmouth Halstock v Chard Rangers Kingsbury Episcopi v Farway Utd Thorncombe v Winsham Utd Reserves.
DIVISION THREE Chard Rangers Res v Crewk Rangers Res Chard Utd All Stars v Drimpton Res Farway Utd Res v Merriott Dynamos Fivehead v Uplyme Reserves IlminsterTown A v Forton Rangers Reserves Lyme Regis Rovers v Misterton Reserves.

Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman’s/View From group of titles.
Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.