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.
Lydney 34 Exmouth 18
Report by Gerald Love