Seasiders honoured at County FA headquarters

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

FRIDAY evening’s Mark Frowde Memorial match will live long in the memory of the youthful Lyme Regis squad who, despite going down 5-2 against Dorset Premier League opponents Sturminster Newton United, more than played their part in a match staged to mark the opening of the Dorset FA’s new 3G pitch at their Hamworthy HQ.

The Seasiders led for a while (see match report other page) before fighting against the tide for much of the second half. One of the major plusess for manager Robin Townsend and coaches Mark Lock and Steve Crabb was a highly promising debut from 16-year-old left winger Cody Bowditch who showed flashes of real class following his transfer from Sidmouth Town.

Bowditch is sure to feature in the Lyme squad which visits Holt United in round one of Dorset Senior Trophy on Saturday. The Seasiders, unbeaten so far this season, could have their hands full as their opponents currently sit top of the Dorset Premier League despite losing 2-1 at home to Swanage last Saturday.

Lyme Reserves are also in County cup action on Saturday with a short trip to face Perry Street League Premier Division outfit Drimpton in round one of the Dorset Intermediate Cup. The Seasiders’ second string head into the game full of confidence having won their last three Devon & Exeter League Division Six matches. The last of these saw Fred Thomson (2), Matt Thomas sand Ally Rattenbury score the goals in a 4-0 win at Silverton.

Lyme Rovers were amongst the goals once again as they drew 5-5 at Merriott Dynamos in the PSDL Division Three. Pete Peacock scored four for Lyme who also missed a penalty. Next up for Terry White’s team is a run out at the Davey Fort on Saturday when Misterton Reserves pay a visit.

Meanwhile, UPLYME saw off the challenge of PSDL Division Two hosts Winsham Utd Res 4-1 to progress in the Daisy Hutchings Cup. The Swallows turn this attention to PSDL Division One with Saturday’s visit by Shepton Reserves. After a weekend off Uplyme Reserves return to action with a Division Three trip to Fivehead.

Finally, CHARMOUTH’s great start in Division Two came to an end with a 2-1 reverse at Farway United. The Robins travel to face Crewkerne Rangers at the weekend.

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Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.