Town clip Fairford's wings.
Derby win for Lydney!
Once again Lydney bounced straight back from a defeat with a hard fought win. Following the disappointing mid week loss at Brimscombe, Town faced another of their Gloucestershire neighbours on Saturday when the current form side of the league Fairford Town visited the Rec.
Richard Thomas remained in goal and both Cheltenham loanies Archie Brennan and man of the match Tom Handley both started.
Fairford had pushed themselves up the table after a poor start and last week saw them take the scalp of free scoring Bishops Cleeve 3-0.
Both sides looked to attack from the off but it was the visitors who created 2 great early chances. Unfortunately for them number 9 Jonathan Thomas put his first effort wide of the post and saw his second effort from 8 yards saved by the feet of Rich Thomas.
They were made to pay for the missed chances after only 6 minutes. A Lydney corner was swung in from the left, with the Fairford defence unable to clear, the prolific Lewis Thompson was on hand to bundle home another to add to his impressive tally.
The setback did nothing to deter the visitors and Dan Bailey went close to an equaliser but he shot wide. Town's young central defender Tom Handley had a superb first half, complimenting the more experienced Steve Warren well. Board and Sheen were disciplined in midfield enabling Thompson and Morley-Lyne to cause the usual chaos up front.
Lydney should have really scored a couple more such was their dominance leading up to the break, with Thompson coming closest when his drive came back off the post. The half ended 1-0.
Both sides gave as good as they got after the break with defenders coming out on top. A double substitution by Fairford nearly brought them the equaliser but Town keeper Rich Thomas produced one of the saves of the season when he pushed a point blank header onto the crossbar. Town's Lewis Halford thought he had earned his side a penalty on 75 minutes when he was sent tumbling in the Fairford area. Referee Jinks was the only person who thought otherwise and amazingly waved play on.
Sheen flashed a header inches past the post from a corner and Thompson had an effort blocked before Board and Morley-Lyne made way for Wines and Johnson. A few more chances came and went for both sides but Lydney were able to see the game out for a valuable 3 points.