Sarries 2’s – 20,lydney 2’s – 24
On a cold crisp day Sarries lined up against Lydney rfc whose 1st xv ply their trade in the national leagues. Despite the need for uncontested scrums a highly entertaining game followed.
The first try came through superb work from backs and forwards alike allowing Chris Wilkinson to scoot over in the corner…2 points added from fly half James.
Lydney applied pressure throughout as their influential midfield bore the fruit of their labour with a converted score….10-7 at halftime.
With the wind at their backs at the turnaround the Lydney 10 utilised his howitzer of a boot to pin Sarries back and set up a line-out. A well worked move saw the Lydney centre slice clean through to score under the posts and make it 14-10 Lydney. Sarries hit straight back and worked up the field to set up Chris Davies for a barnstorming run which saw him smash over for a try…conversion missed, 15-14 Sarries.
Again the boot of Lydney’s 10 was key,forcing Sarries back and, allied with a few mistakes from the home side, allowed a penalty kick to be scored despite some outstanding goaline defence….17-15 Lydney.
Sarries hit back almost immediately with a scrum taken at a penalty in the 22 setting up a ruck,giving the returning Junior Mcdaid a strong run towards the line to score…conversion missed…5 mins to play..Sarries up 20-17.
To both Sarries and Lydneys credit they never gave up and played hard till the end. A key lineout take by the impressive Lydney no.8 in the last 2 mins set up a maul from which the hooker drove over and scored…duly converted..24-20 Lydney.
A last effort by Sarries was thwarted by a simple knock on allowing Lydney to clear and win the game.
A good team performance with lots of positives well led by skipper Craig Roberts. A good performance from everyone with notable performances from Sean Bisset, Ryan White and our new Aussie Ethan nn the forwards, and Matt Mudway, Damien Freili and Jack Kerr the pick of the 3/4’s…….however writers MOM is Hywel James who controlled the game in both attack and defence and was a constant threat to Lydneys well marshalled defence.
Special mention must go to Jay Marriott who put on the shirt of Lydney to ensure a 15 vs 15 game was played and to his credit played superbly.