Severnsiders back on track
WHEN the time comes to reflect on their season this victory will not only be remembered as a comfortable win for Lydney but also as the day they proved their resolve in the wake of defeat.
In the autumn shadows at Regentsholme on Saturday, Redingensians had looked to stifle the wounded Severnsiders following their previous week's defeat in National Three South West.
But the seven-day inquest after their 32-29 defeat away to Old Redcliffians seems to have paid dividends if Saturday's display is anything to go by.
Lydney struck seven times overall and put their promotion chase firmly back on track.
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A red card for Redingensians proved decisive early doors.
Loosehead Luke Batten was alleged to have deliberately hacked down Lydney scrum-half Sam Arnott when the ball had fallen dead 10 minutes in.
Mike Tewkesbury, the Reading-based outfit's director of rugby, claimed the incident was not in his eye-line so refused to comment.
Batten will be suspended until his fate can be decided at a RFU disciplinary hearing expected to go ahead this week.
Redingensians had been in control and Lydney found themselves hard-pressed for possession.
Scrum-half James Brooks hit the uprights from the tee on eight minutes for the away team and, although his outside half picked gaps galore – often on the inside switch – the Lydney tryline was out of bounds and had been double-glazed with stern defence.
Lydney full--back Tony Wicks halted the Redingensians' attacks on several occasions with the boot from deep inside his 22.
The pendulum began to swing and soon after referee Josh Chapman forced Redingensians to reshuffle their pack by showing Batten red, it was Lydney who went on the attack.
The deadlock was broken on 18 minutes after Wicks beat the gain line from a direct pass off the base of the scrum.
The ball was popped inside to number eight Will Jones who continued the momentum before guiding winger Josh Hannam in over the whitewash.
Brooks pulled a drop at goal wide in response and, despite being a man down, his side remained adventurous with the ball.
But what pressure Lydney absorbed was recycled and thrown back at their opponents.
Player coach Duncan Bell entered the fray on the half hour mark, but only after his slippery centre Chris Holder carved out room for a second score with a delightful dummy.
Wicks then converted another try moments later – this time lock Dave Bennett strolled in close to the posts from 22 metres out after the seas parted at the breakdown.
Lydney started the second half in much the same fashion as they ended the first.
At 22-0, the match was out of Redingesians' reach.
The power of ex-Premiership scrummager Bell began to take its toll on the depleted Redingensians ranks.
The shove twisted the scrum and offered an opening to the tryline for scampering Arnott on 58 minutes.
Three minutes later, Lydney playmaker Danny Trigg finished a sublime move in midfield involving a lofty pass wide to the wing and then a nifty draw and inside pass.
Redingensians responded with their only try of the game, centre Steve Bryant dancing past a forward-heavy backline, but the consolation was followed by a piece of Catalan magic.
Arnott unveiled a move more known in La Liga than the national rugby leagues.
His low cross-field kick sliced open the advancing defence and landed perfectly in the hands of winger Jack O'Connell who kept his feet in play and leapt for the line.
And, if that wasn't enough, Lydney finished on a high.
Trigg, using a decoy, passed the ball to a charging Dewi Scourfield, who fed the ball back inside to Hannam who scored with a reaching arm.
Lydney: T Wicks, J Hannam, C Holder, D Scourfield, C Vine, D Trigg, S Arnott, P Price, M Wallis, S Winchcombe, D Bennett, B Scriven, M Taylor, M Boobyer, W Jones. Replacements (all used, rotation): D Bell, C Daniell, C Wyman, J O'Connell
Redingensians: A Bryans, J Duffelen, S Bryant, A Amor, J Baker, N Gumbleton, J Brooks, L Batten, R Crame, J Baker, O Root, S Kenneally, T Bryson, T Voight, I Jeffreys. Replacements (all used, rotation): S Chandler, O Randall, M Fisher.
Referee: Josh Chapman