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Lydney
Exmouth
Sat 21 Apr TBC - South West Division - South West Premier Full time

Lydney 34 – Exmouth 18

Positive Flurry ends a “frustrating” season

On the 2nd September 2017, Lydney visited Exmouth on the opening game of the season and were defeated 39 – 5.How results can change from one end of the season to the other!
The Severnsiders, though relegated, were dominant throughout the game &restored an enormous amount of pride for each of their players as well as the fervent loyal Regentsholme supporters.
Within 5 minutes of the start, Lydney’s No10 Steve Parry shocked the visitors by scoring a well worked unconverted try involving some excellent three quarter play by the home side.
Exmouth responded immediately after being awarded a penalty, converted by Exmouth fly half Tom Wheelan, making the score Lydney 5 Exmouth 3.
As the game restarted, it was Lydney’s Steve Parry who, once again, found the momentum and incisiveness to cut through a disorganised Exmouth defence to cross under the posts .The conversion was added by Lydney’s reliable Ollie Locke.
As the game progressed, both sides demonstrated their willingness to move the ball in the warm April sunshine and it was the visitors who started to gain a firmer grip on the exchanges by Tom Wheelan scoring a penalty for an offside infringement making the score 12 – 6 .
After considerable Exmouth pressure, the Severnsiders re-grouped and cleared their line by some stout tackling & formidable defensive play. At 30 minutes into the game, Lydney centre Joe McClean rounded off a range of commendable handling skills by scoring a well worked try with Ollie Locke adding the conversion Lydney 19 – Exmouth 6.
With 5 minutes of the first half remaining, the Severnsiders were starting to appear more rampant despite the very warm conditions. Though both sides appeared to be affected ,it was Lydney who took the initiative with Lydney back row forward Ryan Watlin showing his strength & prowess in covering the field in attack and in defence. He was ably supported by the experienced Dave Bennett, and the lively Lydney pack drove forward with hard running and clever ball handling. It was no surprise, therefore, when Lydney went further ahead before the interval with centre Joe McClean touching down once again and Ollie Locke adding the conversion making the half time score
Lydney 26 – Exmouth 6.
As the second half resumed, Exmouth returned to the field with fresh legs and much greater self believe. The visitors, only one place above the relegation zone before this game, suddenly realised they had a difficult task ahead in order to avoid defeat. Within three minutes of the second half, they opened the scoring with Tom Brown scoring a try & Tom Wheelan making the conversion.
At the restart with the score at 26 – 13, this gave Lydney the incentive & momentum making the visitors work even harder to cross the Lydney line and it was not long before the Severnsiders replied with a well taken penalty – admirably placed between the posts by Ollie Locke.
With the score line at 29 – 13, the referee “sin binned” a Lydney forward for an infringement and this appeared to give the visitors the break they wanted.
Exmouth immediately applied almost 10 minutes of relentless attacks bombarding Lydney on their line. With a compliment of only 14 players, it appeared it would be only a matter of time before the visitors scored. With 9 minutes remaining the visitors made their break through with back row forward James Harris scoring an unconverted try.
In the final 5 minutes , Lydney’s illustrious but powerful fly half Steve Parry scored the final try wide out to the delight of a large crowd .The Regentsholme gathering enjoyed not only a bout of glorious sunshine but a feast of open running rugby but with a much deserved win.
Final score
Lydney 34 Exmouth 18

Report by Gerald Love

Team selection

Locke (Kevin Rosser), Ollie Locke (Kevin Rosser), Ollie
Hannam ( Neil Thomas), Josh Hannam ( Neil Thomas), Josh
Cowburn (Alan Brooks), Phil Cowburn (Alan Brooks), Phil
McClean ( Roger Davis), Joe McClean ( Roger Davis), Joe
Lakabuka ( Jackie Wildin), Tai Lakabuka ( Jackie Wildin), Tai
Parry (Julian Davis), Steve Parry (Julian Davis), Steve
Williams ( Kernow Oils), Matthew Williams ( Kernow Oils), Matthew
Walter (Nicholas Nelmes), James Walter (Nicholas Nelmes), James
Brown (Jack and Charlie George), Kurt Brown (Jack and Charlie George), Kurt
Watling (Albany), Ryan Watling (Albany), Ryan
Bonser, Jake Bonser, Jake
Bennett (Dave Nelmes & N&C Cooke), Dave Bennett (Dave Nelmes & N&C Cooke), Dave
Bull-Beddows, Ryan Bull-Beddows, Ryan
Ford (Stuart Thomas), Nathan Ford (Stuart Thomas), Nathan
Ncube (Scott Crossman), Brian Ncube (Scott Crossman), Brian

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Weston-super-Mare 26 66
9. Ivybridge 26 65
10. Brixham 26 65
11. Exmouth 26 65
12. Newbury Blues 26 64
13. Hornets 26 45
14. Lydney 26 38

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