Lydney 14 – 20 Weston-super-Mare
Lydney entertained fellow strugglers Weston at a wet and muddy Regentsholme.
After two morning pitch inspections the game went ahead thanks to the excellent work by Lydney’s ground staff.
Lydney started the game well, producing most of the attacking play and forcing Weston on the defensive. The early exchanges were contested evenly by both packs as the wet and muddy conditions attributed to a midfield scrap, although both sides were looking to break forward at every opportunity with Lydney wingers Tai lakabuka and Josh Hannam looking dangerous, however the Weston defence standing firm.
As the game approached the 27th minute and still scoreless, the visitors made a rare foray into Lydney’s half, the referee judging that a Lydney forward made an infringement awarding a penalty to Weston in which flyhalf James Mackay kicked over to give Weston a 0 – 3 lead.
Lydney regrouped and looked to breach the Weston defence with a series of attacks, but the visitors were proving a tough nut to crack.
With four minutes remaining the referee penalised Lydney again,in what seemed an innocuous decision and Mackay kicked over to give Weston a 0 – 6 lead.
Just before the interval Lydney were awarded a penalty of their own, however it was missed by centre Ollie Locke. Although Lydney were behind at this stage the balance of play was still pretty even as both sides were cancelling each other out.
Half Time Lydney 0 – 6 Weston-super-Mare
Lydney re-emerged in the second half wearing a changed strip of red shirts. The opening stages of the second period resembled the first half opening as both sides were keen to dominate possession of the game. In the 47th minute a finely executed threequarter break, that wrongfooted the Lydney defence saw outside centre Robbie Mackay go through unopposed and under the Lydney posts for the opening try of the match, brother James Mackay kicking the conversion to give Weston a 0 – 13 lead.
As the game appeared to be slipping away from Lydney they responded in excellent fashion producing some of their best rugby of the match creating a series of attacks initiated by no 10 Steve Parry and were well worth their opening try on 54 minutes when no 6 Ryan Watling went over after a good passing move from the initial breakdown. Oliie Lock adding the conversion making the score Lydney 7 – 13 Weston. The home side now taking the initiative started pegging Weston back, Lydney’s pack starting to take control of the game and with fifteen minutes remaining scored their second try of the game when replacement No 8 John Barker bustled through the Weston defence. Ollie Lock adding the conversion edging Lydney in front 14 – 13.
However the Weston back line were a constant threat and should have gone in front, when after a smart catch from an ‘Up and Under’ was quickly moved to the left to the searing Matt Watkins who seemed almost certain to go over, only for the referee to blow up for a ‘non grounding’ of the ball. This did not seem to deter the visitors,h owever, as when they moved forward with the ball creating a series of phases, a Lydney forward was penalised for going in over the top, the referee awarding a penalty to Weston in which Mackay on this occasion missed his kick as the ball cannoned off the upright, only for the elusive No 8 Tom Crossman to pick the ball up and go through a non existent Lydney defence to score Weston’s second try of the afternoon. This time James Mackay converted making the score Lydney 14 – 20 Weston.
The remaing minutes of the match saw Lydney try and muster one more score before time elapsed. In a close match, both sides played their part in an entertaining game in tricky conditions but it is the Seesiders who go away with the points.