A game too far for Ressies
Whitecroft too much for tired Reserves
After finding one last push to score an added time winner on Saturday, the last thing our Reserves needed was a local derby against a side looking for important promotion points.
That side happened to be local rivals Whitecroft, and following a surprise home defeat against Smiths in their last game, they were not about to let another opportunity to close the gap on second place slip this time.
The Greeks were at it from the off, they set about a very lethargic Lydney and had them on the back foot immediately. Luke Hutton should have opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute. Finding himself in on goal the normally accomplished finisher thumped his effort well wide.
The hosts did not have to wait much longer to go in front. Price cleared a threat down the flank for a corner and when Lydney failed to clear Moses Thompson crashed home a volley from 6 yards.
Whitecroft don't lose many at home and they use the slant on the pitch well. Clearing balls out wide to use the pace of Carl James to run riot at defenders. In striker Brad Kear they also had the best player on the night by a country mile. It's a long time since iv'e seen a better display from a front man than he put in. Strong and quick up top, tenacious in the tackle and his work rate rubbed off on his team mates.
Lydney only had two sights of goal in the first half. The first was a break by Sam Wines down the left flank. The in form striker has gobbled these chances up in recent weeks, but on this occasion keeper Pass saved with his feet. Jacob English had the other but he headed wide at the far post.
Whitecroft ended the half on top and Giddins might have done better with a free header from a corner just before the break.
It was Kear who threatened first early in the second half. After shaking off his marker the number 9 screwed his shot horribly wide with just the keeper to beat.
He was at it again 10 minutes later, bursting through half hearted tackles the burly striker arrowed his effort towards the top bin, but Steve Jones made a miraculous save to keep it out.
Whitecroft increased their lead from the resulting corner. A superb cross was powerfully headed home off the near post by Giddins. Town seemed resigned to defeat with most of the fight drained out of them. Sheppard made way for Dave Jenkins and to their credit they never succumbed to the home side's onslaught and continued to make them work.
The inevitable 3rd goal was scored by the player of the night. Not to be denied, Kear scored the goal his overall effort deserved with just minutes left. After making room on the edge of the box he fired an unstoppable shot inside Jones's far post to seal a first class display.
The Greeks were determined to make amends for their defeat at home on Saturday, and Lydney were the ideal side to face following their epic effort to produce a 7 game winning run to banish any thoughts of relegation.
Both clubs have one game left. Town play a dead rubber at Lydbrook on Thursday while Whitecroft will be looking for a promotion party at home to struggling Winchcombe on Saturday.
All the best from us.