Vital Home Win
No early Christmas present for Camborne
After a dire away performance at Weston some 2 weeks ago and with only one win in ten games, Lydney were desperate to avoid their fourth home defeat against a secure Camborne outfit relishing the fact that Lydney were there for the taking!
Early exchanges enabled Lydney to gradually build several attacks on the Cornishmen’s line but the Camborne defence held firm and escaped what should have been an early Lydney try.
The scene was set for a formidable duel – Lydney fighting to clear themselves from a second from bottom league table position and the Camborne club’s relentless desire to move up the table from a much safer mid table placing.
Ten minutes into the game , two unforced Lydney handling errors ,enabled the visitors to capitalise on the home team’s deliberate “knock on” resulting in Dave Mankey scoring the first penalty for the visitors!
The outset raised more passion & a greater desire from the home team to attack and put the Camborne defence under pressure. This pressure & added desire to cross the Camborne line – almost unseen in several previous games - enabled winger Reuben Haile to cross the line for Lydney’s first try. Dave OHagan added the conversion giving Lydney an interval lead of 7 – 3.
The early stages of the second half saw the Lydney outfit looking totally re-vitalised and ready for the onslaught!
Despite a stubborn Camborne defence,Lydney gradually began to control the set pieces enabling them to gain a steady stream of possession.Furthermore,Dave Bennett ,who has been a stalwart in the line outs since the beginning of the season , managed to establish himself more effectively with excellent support from his fellow forwards. Lydney now began also to gain the ascendency in the lineouts enabling the three quarters to make a series of penetrating runs deep into the Camborne territory. It was only a matter of time before Lydney would score and they secured their just rewards when Ryan Watkins crossed the Camborne line for Lydney’s second try with the conversion going wide.
After 60 minutes Lydney led by 12 - 3 with Camborne replying with a 65th minute try by 2nd Row Ashley Riches.The try was converted by Dave Mankey.
Though Lydney managed to dominate most of the exchanges, they failed to turn their possession advantage into points. Nevertheless, the Camborne frustration was evident and Lydney broke the deadlock by capitalising on an error with Tai Lakibuka scoring a superbly taken try and Dave OHagan adding the conversion.
Much to the surprise of the supporters and Lydney players, Camborne mounted an unexpected but well worked attack towards the Lydney line with No 8 forward James Colsworthy securing an unconverted try.
At this point, the Lydney faithful began, for the first time in the match, to suspect it was still feasible for Camborne to offer a late rally and even inflict a further defeat on the Severnsiders. Though, on this occasion, this always appeared unlikely and the Lydney lads, physically & psychologically, were not prepared to let this happen. With Camborne regaining sufficient confidence to surprise Lydney – even in the last ten minutes, the home team went further ahead with some good handling skills enabling Josh Hannam & Ryan Watling adding further tries with Dave OHagen adding one of the conversions.
Camborne replied – just before the final whistle with a try scored by Rhodri MaCartee and Dave Mankey adding the conversion.
This result was not only well deserved but demonstrated a great team effort displaying confidence .This will to win attitude will no doubt enable Lydney to keep in contention with their league counterparts and will move them further up the table – providing they can maintain and safeguard this special “winning” team spirit. Their desire to win and their tenacity to ensure they crossed their opponent’s line – no matter what – was never in doubt. Moreover, supporters, committee members and visitors to the club will agree, it was evident the Severnsiders have started to re-gain their self belief, have potentially a formidable defence and are beginning to reduce the number of unforced errors which has resulted in so many of the teams we have played being given opportunity to gain possession and counter attack.
If this momentum can prevail, then Lydney’s opponents may be surprised by what Lydney have still to offer.
Well done you Severnsiders! You thoroughly deserve the win.
By continuing this winning streak our future opponents will be less confident and this will give us a momentous advantage!
Result: Lydney 31 – Camborne 20