View News report from Reserves Dorset Senior Trophy tie

Wednesday 06th December 2017

LYME Regis paid the penalty for failing to take some decent chances, particularly in the second half, as they were knocked out of the Dorset Senior Trophy at Grove Corner on Saturday.

Portland United Reserves 2 Lyme Regis 0

Dorset Senior Trophy – Round Three

The Seasiders came into the game missing half a dozen regulars and with Sam Day and Cody Bowditch both not fully fit.

They fell behind in the sixth minute when Shane Evans guided a low cross past keeper Chris Higgs at the near post. But they eventually settled on the immaculate wide pitch and skipper Ben Turner had a sight of goal but his left footed shot was scuffed and keeper Ash Weeks saved easily.

Then Julien Simier volleyed wide from 20 yards before Gary Knight put in a superb last ditch tackle at the other end.

But Lyme were carved open in the 32nd minute and Josh Camp rounded off a slick move with a fine finish to put the Blues 2-0 up.

This prompted a change in formation for the visitors who reverted from a 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 in attempt to get back into the game. More tinkering was necessary when Bowditch was forced off at half time due to a recurrence of his shine splints which have plagued his season so far.

The second period saw the hosts, happy with their two-goal lead and well marshalled by the experienced Lewis Whyton, sit deep and the Seasiders enjoyed the territorial advantage in a much improved performance. Mark Bailey was pushed further up the field and worked overtime trying to pick holes in the Blues’ back line.

They had a strong a shout for a penalty dismissed by the referee in the 50th minute when Turner appeared to have his shot blocked by a defender’s arm. Chris Herbst then slashed a shot over the angle with team mates closing in to support and home defence at sixes and sevens. Moments later Fred Parsons’ low cross fizzed through the six yard box and was begging to be tucked away, while Simier had two good chances saved by Weeks including a neat flick header tipped away at full stretch.

On their first half showing Portland deserved their win, but Lyme certainly showed they can compete at this level and, with some better finishing, could well have have got a result. Bailey, and defenders Kingsley Wellman and Knight, were Lyme’s top performers.


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