Old Cents put up a brave showing in the first ever first fifteen encounter between the home side and a Lydney side looking to be promoted back to the National League two.
Cents had the better first half and were worth their slender half time lead,however,Lydney dominated the second half through their superior forwards.
Cents played very well in the first half and more than matched a strong Lydney side.Cents tackled well,their lineout was effective and they held their own in the tight.They ran the ball well and had Lydney on the back foot for short spells.
Cents opened the scoring with a penalty from Connor Gwilliam,however their lead was short lived when Lydney also equalised with a penalty of their own. Score 3-3 and Lydney took the lead when they scored from a rolling maul close to the Cents try line from a lineout.This was a glimpse of what was to come later,the try went unconverted and Lydney lead 3-8.
Cents responded not long after when Connor Gwilliam converted his second penalty for a score line of 6-8 to the away side.Cents took the lead on the stroke of half time when Joe Preece finished of a well worked move by the home side.The try went unconverted and Cents lead 11-8 at the break.The score could have better for Cents because Joe Preece had crossed the try line earlier but took his time grounding the ball and a Lydney winger got back and knocked the ball out of his hands.
Where Cents had the better first half,Lydney totally dominated the second half through an astute kicking game and their stronger forwards.
Lydney kicked deep into the home sides 22 and used their strong rolling maul to great effect.Their first try just after half time was a carbon copy of the one they scored in the first, a catch and drive from a line out close the Cents try line.The try was converted and Lydney then scored a further three tries to knock the stuffing out of the young Cents side.One of the tries was apush over try and one was a well worked cross field kick gathered by their winger.Two of the tries were converted along with a penalty,score going into the last ten minutes 11-39.
Cents had been mauled and depite a brave effort could not secure much ball to mount any meaningful attacks.Lydney had dominated all aspects of the second half and the home side had eventually run out of steam.Lydney had the final say when in the last minute they scored an unconverted try to confirm their dominance of the match in the second half.
Lydney showed they are one of the favourites to regain promotion and Cents will just have to fight every point as expected.Hopefully when we play Lydney again around Christmas time we will be able to give them a better match with all our players back in contention for selection.
Cents now have to regroup for their next match against Old Pats away,the team Lydney beat last week by a similar scoreline.