Bell: Six-try victory but still work to do
LYDNEY boss Duncan Bell is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after watching his side thump Barking 34-10 at Regentsholme.
Lydney scored six tries on their way to victory, but former Bath and England prop Bell (pictured) claimed there was room for improvement despite the comfortable scoreline.
The home side went in 14-0 up at half time, but the former Bath prop refused to get carried away despite a positive start.
"I wasn't overly happy going in at half time," he explained. "We played with a big breeze behind our backs and we took two of our tries in the first half very well, but with a gale at our backs and only 14-0 up there are things to work on there.
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"Our game management is not what I expect it to be.
"I'd probably give it a six or seven out of ten. There are definitely things to work on."
While not completely happy, Bell did comment on a strong second half display, with the home side not dwelling on their lead and going on to score four more tries.
"Our game management is not what I expect it to be. Having said that coming out in that second half and playing into a really strong wind and ending up with 34 points on the board I've got to be happy with the second-half performance. But we can't expect to go away next week and not perform for 40 minutes and come away with a victory.
"We are working a lot on our game management and our interplay in pre-season and I think we saw that on the field today. We were offloading out of tackles pretty well but an area of concern is still the breakdown for us. It's not as clean and as quick as I'd like it to be; although again in the second half it was ultra quick."
Despite citing a need to improve in some areas, Bell was happy with the win and hoped to push on for the season ahead.
"We need to get out of the blocks a bit quicker especially at home and blast teams away," he added. "We want to turn Regentsholme into a fortress, every team does if they're at home and we need to be a bit smarter and play the conditions a bit better.
"So, there's plenty to work on but I am a happy man after that, absolutely".