Lydney head coach Duncan Bell says Taunton game is 'biggest of the season'
LYDNEY head coach Duncan Bell considers tomorrow's National Two South visit of Taunton as the 'biggest game of the season'.
The Severnsiders are just five points above the relegation zone in 13th while Taunton are a solitary point ahead of them in 12th with the teams meeting at Regentsholme.
With Taunton holding two games in hand on the Forest of Dean outfit, Bell knows his side must get points on the board to stand a chance of beating the drop.
"It's a game we're desperately keen to win because they've got two games in hand on us," said Bell.
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"I don't like using the term 'must win' but it's certainly a game we need to win so we'll see how we fare.
"We've worked really hard this week and done lots of analysis on the opposition and, hopefully, that will be enough to pull us through.
"They won at Clifton a couple of weeks ago quite comprehensively so they're a good side and having played against them myself, I know they have some good players.
"They have a good back three and a very powerful back row, especially their number eight.
"Their number eight is a real powerhouse and they get a lot of go forward from him so if we can stop him then it'll go a long way to winning the game."
The National Two South relegation scrap looks set to go down to the wire with Bournemouth, who are just three points ahead of Lydney in 11th, also involved.
After Taunton visit Regentsholme this weekend, Lydney then welcome Bournemouth in the penultimate game of the season on April 13 with Bell predicting that whoever beats each other will survive.
"At the moment we're all pretty similar to each other with Taunton and Bournemouth not too far ahead of us and we've all got to play each other," he added.
"We have to play Bournemouth and Taunton, and Taunton and Bournemouth have to play each other, so we're all playing each other.
"Those games will go a long way to shaping the end result of the table.
"We're all playing each other in a mini league at the bottom of the table and there's no doubt about it we're in a tough situation but so are the other teams at the end of the day.
"Who holds their nerve and who has a bit more mettle than everyone else will stay up and hopefully it will be us because I'm betting on my boys."