Lydney run out of time in defeat to Chinnor
A much-improved second-half performance from Lydney was not enough to rescue a 22-7 interval deficit, writes Chris Wilson.
And despite dominating the second period, they ran out of time to secure even a bonus point in National League Two South.
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With the bitter wind and bright sunshine at their backs, Chinnor dominated the first half against a much-changed Lydney side and were on the scoreboard after only four minutes.
Impressive centre Sam Stoop made a strong break and Frank Jones slipped a tackle to dive over two phases later.
Stoop then looped a pass to Tom Gray who cantered over for an easy try converted by Henry Colver for a 12-0 lead in as many minutes.
Lydney's response was immediate as Chinnor spilled the restart and after Tai Lacabuka and Josh Innes had made good breaks to take play into the 22, Ben Taylor broke from a ruck to score, Danny Trigg adding the conversion.
Play was interrupted for several minutes after Ben Lewis was injured.
Though he looked to have been knocked unconscious in the incident, he recovered and played the rest of the game.
Chinnor had been exerting considerable pressure before the injury break and didn't let up when play resumed.
They maintained their focus to score through David Hughes' powerful drive to the line. Colver added the conversion and a penalty to the score, but Lydney ended the half in the home 22 seeking a score before the interval.
They started the second period in positive vein but could not register points as Trigg missed a penalty chance.
It wasn't until the 53rd minute that they finally broke through. Innes' hack through down the wing drew a foul from Will Millett, who was sent to the sidelines for ten minutes. The young Lydney centre drew full retribution by sending Alex Hall racing away to the corner for a try Trigg could not improve. Against the run of play, Chinnor broke out from their own line with turnover possession.
Fine interplay from the backs allowed Stoop to complete a length-of-the field move with a try converted by Colver to pocket the bonus point.
Undeterred, Lydney continued to mount pressure with new signing Sam Thomson contributing well, Lacabuka having his most effective game for some time and the bench contributing positively to the cause.
As the game entered its final few minutes, Liam Gilbert was sin-binned for hanging around on the wrong side too long.
Without their number eight, the Chinnor pack was shunted comprehensively backwards for Matt Williams to dot down for the game's final score.
There was no time for Lydney to go for the try that would net them a valuable two bonus points and they remain in the relegation dogfight at the foot of the table.
Chinnor: H Colver; L Fielding, M Goode, S Stoop, T Gray (A Hales 54); W Millett, F Jones (R Hopwood 71); J Winpenny (capt), M Hoyland, A Berry (J Pickett 54); T Mowbray, D Hughes; J Wood, E Sawyer; L Gilbert. Unused replacement: S Tattersall, N Harrison.
Lydney: M Dodge; T Lacabuka, C Holder, J Innes, A Hall; D Trigg, J Graham (M Williams 64); P Price (O Day 64), B Lewis, S Winchcombe (L Green 54); S Thomson, C Daniell; B Taylor, C Farrell (D Bennett half-time); M Taylor (capt). Unused replacement: J Batcock.
Referee: Steve Savage (RFU appointment)
Star Man: Tai Lacabuka made invaluable yards forward time and again from the back, consistently beating the first man and putting his side on the front foot, particularly in the second period.