We need to start finishing off our chances to score – Bell
DUNCAN Bell wants his Lydney players to show more patience when they welcome third-placed Worthing to Regentsholme tomorrow.
The Severnsiders made a number of clean line breaks during last weekend's 20-13 losing bonus-point defeat at Southend but failed to finish off their good scoring chances.
Despite not taking their opportunities and slipping to their third consecutive defeat in their opening four games, Bell is happy his side are creating openings to score.
"The pleasing thing was we made the line breaks but the displeasing thing was that we didn't finish them off," said the former England international.
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"If we get into that position again I want to finish those off because they were there for the taking and we didn't do that.
"Rather than recycling the ball and getting it out, we tried little offloads and tried to score straight from the line break and quite often that doesn't happen.
"You might not score but if you make a line break then you can tie up the covering full-back and winger and that is when you go wide.
"It was really frustrating we didn't score from there so I'd like to see a bit more patience.
"If we get seven or eight line breaks this weekend then I'll be happy."
Barnstorming centre Danny Chiu returns to the fold this weekend, which should provide the team with more possession going forward.
Another area Bell has seen rapid improvement in their opening four games has been their lineout.
The former Bath man admits they were losing a lot of possession from it and as a result were conceding many points from the set piece.
But with second rows Jim McMahon and Dave Bennett joined by the third option of imposing number eight Charlie Daniell, Bell says it is coming together nicely.
"A problem for us has been the lineout to a certain degree and the defence," he added.
"But a lot of our defensive frailties have come because we have not been able to secure ball at the lineout.
"Last week the lineout was a step in the right direction and we won more ball then we did the week before against Canterbury.
"But we are still striving for that 100 per cent, so we are a way off yet. "