Thomas: Lye have a lot to learn

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LYE Town manager Martin Thomas has admitted his team still has a lot to learn if they are to continue their progress in the Premier Division of the Midland Football League.

After winning their opening game 3-1 against Kirby Muxlow last Saturday, Lye then lost Tuesday night's encounter 4-0 with Westfields.

Thomas has already noticed the difference in their opposition since being promoted as champions from the West Midlands Premier last season.

He said: "We have got to get up to the pace of the league as soon as possible. It was good to get that first win but we still have a lot to learn.

"We need to find our Midland League legs because the standard of football is a lot higher. The movement is better and players are fitter."

However, Lye wasted no time in getting their first three points in the bag when beating Kirby Muxlow in Saturday's curtain-raiser.

They started the game positively and took the lead on 10 minutes. James Spray was fouled just outside the box and Damian Whitcombe stepped up to fire home a direct free kick just inside the post.

Lye doubled their lead just four minutes later when debutant full back Dan Jones intercepted the ball and played it quickly forward. The defence only managed to clear the ball straight to Spray and he coolly fired home from the edge of the box.

Lye finished a superb first half showing with a third goal in injury time. A corner from Matthew Johnson was superbly volleyed home across the keeper and in off the far post by Richard Anslow.

On 63 minutes, Kirby got what was to prove a consolation goal when Lye failed to clear the ball properly before it fell to Anthony Marriott who coolly slotted home.

It was the perfect start to life at step five, the highest level the club has played in its 84 year history.

However, Tuesday night's game away to Westfields proved a lot tougher for the league's new boys.

A good second half performance saw the hosts score four through a brace from Dean Whittal-Williams, a screamer from Craig Jones and another from Tom Boyleto.

Lye will now face another away trip to Loughborough University this Saturday. It is their third of seven away games at the start the campaign due to the cricket season disrupting their Stourbridge Road ground.

"I don't think we will be flirting with relegation," added Thomas. "I think we will win and few but also lose a few. The key will be how we learn from this season."

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