Lydney 47 – Bournemouth 24
Lydney Rampant against 2nd placed Bournemouth
This enthralling contest was, undoubtedly, Lydney’s most convincing win of the season.
Top of the table contenders Bournemouth , entered this encounter full of confidence with every intention of, not only winning but in all probability, contemplating how many tries they were likely to score in order to gain a winning bonus point!
At the opening whistle, the visitors pressed Lydney hard, and, early on, looked like they would open the scoring within the first five minutes. Their talented and pacy back division moved the ball quickly as they made two extremely dangerous attacks . Lydney responded with a number of resounding crash tackles which shook the visitors, literally, off their feet!
Moments after, the referee awarded a penalty for an offside, enabling Ollie Locke to glide the ball between the uprights for Lydney’s first three points.
Within two minutes of the re-start, Lydney's game plan paid off as they forced their opponents’ strong and mobile pack to concede a free kick within Lydney territory. The scrum that followed was securely controlled by the home team as the ball was passed from one side of the pitch to the other. After an over exuberant Bournemouth player lost control of a loose ball, the ball was kicked forward at great speed enabling Lydney’s elusive and highly dangerous fly half Steve Perry to gather and cross under the posts unopposed for the touchdown. Ollie Locke adding a vitally important conversion making the score line 10 – 0.
Bournemouth tried hard to get back into the game, but were immediately closed down by a series of numerous fast & furious forward runs from Lydney’s strong running No 6 Ryan Watling .It was Watling who paved the way for wing Josh Hanham to cross the Bournemouth line far out for Lydney’s second try.
The conversion was narrowly missed making the score Lydney 15 – Bournemouth 0
After 25 minutes of play, the Severnsiders continued to search for every opportunity to extend their lead. They barged and battered their way through the Bournemouth pack with bursts of inventive - strong running as they inter passed from one forward to another. When the ball went wide, Lydney’s three quarter line aptly continued the momentum by running directly at a disorganised Bournemouth back division. It came as no surprise when Lydney scored their third try through centre Joe McLean. The try was unconverted with the score line at 20 – 0.
The Lydney pressure continued and the home team were awarded another penalty . Ollie Locke added the three points.
Bournemouth’s frustration became increasingly more evident as the “top of the table – promotion seeking” contenders were being exposed and outplayed by a team 12 league places below. With the half time whistle almost upon them, Bournemouth finally rallied to cross the Lydney line with a try by fullback Grant Hancox.
Half time score 23 - 5
At the re start, Lydney pressed and were admirably led by their captain and prime motivator, Sam Arnott. Within 4 minutes of play, loose head prop, Ryan Bull Beddows, scored a fifth try with centre Ollie Locke adding the conversion making the score 30 - 5
And so the game continued in the same vein with the home team scoring a wonderfully executed sixth try with forward John Barker banging his way through the Bournemouth defence and Ollie Locke adding the conversion at 37 – 5.
Bournemouth, regained their composure to mount an attack with replacement Wyn Roberts, penetrating the relaxed Lydney defence to score their second try. Fullback Grant Hancox added the conversion.
With less than 15 minutes remaining, Bournemouth pounded the Lydney line in desperation to salvage their dented pride and were awarded their fourth try scored by Wyn Roberts.
On the 75th minute, Lydney were awarded another penalty for an offside decision with Ollie Locke stepping up to the plate to add an additional three points making the score line 40 – 17.
At the eightieth minute, the referee added an additional 3 minutes of injury time giving Bournemouth a scoring opportunity for Jack Hennings to score the visitor’s fifth try. Grant Hancox adding the conversion.
With one minute remaining, Lydney’s speedy Tai Lakabuka demonstrated his true ability scoring under the posts with no Bournemouth player in sight. Ollie Locke added the conversion making the final score 47 – 24
This emphatic win will make Lydney’s remaining fixtures a series of tense but interesting encounters.
Can they avoid relegation by dictating the outcomes of all their remaining games or might they do what so many do in these situations, which is to rely on their relegation rivals losing as many games as possible?
The Bournemouth chairman admirably summed up Lydney’s performance by remarking that, he could not understand why a side, which could perform so well and win so convincingly against his high ranking Bournemouth outfit, could be positioned so far down the league table!
His comments epitomised the sentiments of almost everyone associated with the Lydney Club.
Keep going Lyd – you are still a very good side!
Final score Lydney 47 – Bournemouth 24
Report by Gerald Love