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    Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 08:23
Whats happening at Lydney? Not won for a while and lost again at home. Thought they had started the season really well and looked to be playing some good rugby
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 08:35
It does seem odd - but it's their home form that has gone horribly wrong - one win all season and that the first game.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 14:00
Have to say they looked pretty poor at Redruth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 16:05
Originally posted by Redhead Redhead wrote:

Have to say they looked pretty poor at Redruth.

Sadly I have to agree, they were the poorest team I've seen so far this season at Redruth (yet to see Westcombe Park play) and lacked many of the characteristics of some of the strong, passionate Lydney sides I have seen down the years.

Only a guess, but I wonder if Cinderford's rise to level three and recent good form has been to the detriment of Lydney.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 16:12
From what I hear, Lydney do not pay their players, which is unusual even at this level, so that may have some bearing on their demise.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 16:19
I think that I am correct in saying that only three players in the last two years have moved from Lydney to Cinderford, Stephen Price, Paul Price and Dean Jenkins.

Stephen returned to Lydney, Paul is out with a knee problem, I am not too sure where Dean is .

In addition Alan Bryan has left Cinderford to join Lydney !

We don't mind taking the blame for our own league position but we can't be held responsible for Lydney's . 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 16:25
Have to agree with the redruth boys. When Taunton played Lydney at the start of the season they played a fast open game and scored some good tries with their backs to the fore. The return fixture they offered very little. Have heard it from a friend in the locality that one of the coaches is leaving
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 16:52
Originally posted by Puli. Puli. wrote:

From what I hear, Lydney do not pay their players, which is unusual even at this level, so that may have some bearing on their demise.

If that's the case, I would suggest that they are doing exceedingly well to be where they are. It appears that I was wrong about Cinderford having a strong influence, maybe it is better attributed to having a lot of similar level clubs near by who are offering money.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 17:24
I can't help thinking that Lydney will survive this season, mainly because the bottom three have a gap to make up on them. I think Dings possibly have the best chance of staying up. Barnes still have to travel to Lydney, Dings and Westcombe Park, and probably need to win all three of those games.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 17:44
I would be concerned as a Lydney supporter, only one draw and 10 losses to show from the last 11 games has put them right in amongst the scrap at the bottom and losing at home to the bottom side this weekend wouldn't necessarily fill me with optimism, particularly as there are only 3 points between them and Dings currently occupying the final relegation berth.

At this point last season looked very obvious that both Hinckley and Newbury would not rally enough to survive ultimately leaving 3 or 4 sides scrapping to avoid the final relegation spot. This season is a little different, Combe performed the great escape last season and although they seem to be too far adrift, stranger things have happened and will fight tooth and nail to try and repeat the heroics of last season. Personally, I think there are 5 or 6 sides that will be fighting it out to avoid the drop over the remaining 9 games and I think there will be plenty of surprises along the way with the bottom sides swapping positions with some regularity.

The fixtures are very interesting with lower sides pitched against top sides, relegation threatened sides against each other and reported issues at a couple of clubs that may impact performances combined with everyone beating each other and the form book apparently being ignored, it is going to be an exciting end to the 2011/12 campaign


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 18:46
Good post Sir_Q, having seen both Dings and Lydney play since Christmas (although I haven't checked each side's remaining fixtures) I would be pretty confident in backing Dings to score 4 more points than Lydney in the remaining 9 games. At Redruth, Dings showed commitment, tenacity and aggression where as, Lydney appeared to let their heads drop after a poor start to the second half. The kinds of qualities that Dings exhibited and Lydney appear to lack will be pretty important pretty important as the sharp end of the season approaches.

As an aside, would I be correct in thinking that should Lydney be relegated at the end of the season, these would be as far down the league pyramid as they have been since its introduction?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2012 at 07:04
Originally posted by RedOrDead RedOrDead wrote:

...As an aside, would I be correct in thinking that should Lydney be relegated at the end of the season, these would be as far down the league pyramid as they have been since its introduction?
 
It would appear you would be correct in this belief RoD. The Lydney website confirms they have not been below level 4.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2012 at 07:30
For us in the relegation mix it looks like our home games against Dings and WP will be the big ones. Win those well and it's fingers crossed, especially if we can pick up something from the other games.

Just how vital our 5 points at Hartpury look now!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2012 at 21:35
I think I can shed a little light on this one...

Correct: Not a lot of dough going round at Lyd, last week saw a riot after a rumour went round that somebody had dropped a fiver in the car park! Subsequent small squad size has hit us hard in such a tough league as we've had a number of key injuries since our last real performance at home to Richmond (35-35).

Still believe in the quality of our players and confident we can turn it around and consolidate our league position. Tough fixture list from here on in will make it interesting.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2012 at 22:04
Originally posted by lydney lock lydney lock wrote:

I think I can shed a little light on this one...

Correct: Not a lot of dough going round at Lyd, last week saw a riot after a rumour went round that somebody had dropped a fiver in the car park! Subsequent small squad size has hit us hard in such a tough league as we've had a number of key injuries since our last real performance at home to Richmond (35-35).

Still believe in the quality of our players and confident we can turn it around and consolidate our league position. Tough fixture list from here on in will make it interesting.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 09:00
i have watched lydney a number of times in recent seasons, and i would characterise their game as well organised, hard tackling and uncompromising.  tight five particularly effective in what was predominantly a forwards based game.   the side that turned up at the rugby park, worthing, this year, were like lydney's alter ego. 
they did play some pretty stuff, moved the ball around well and had some good back row players.  i think they scored 4 or 5 tries and were very entertaining.  they did however,  seem to have no midfield defense and shipped 80 points. 

From what i have seen,  dings, hertford and barnes have more defensive spirit and if it goes down he the wire......i fear for lydney's level 4 existence  .
Looks like chinnor could be on the way back up ~(as an aside).

good luck to alll......shame about comb's 5pt deduction, they play some great stuff themselves if you let them get on the front foot.  not sure they can climb out of it again.....the league is just too strong

good luck to all anyway.  oa's for the title....mond to win the playoff
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 09:32
Toatally agree Darth. Lydney did indeed play some excellent rugby at the start of the year but their defensive qualities have been shocking, which as you rightly say has been a suprise.
 
Small squad, no money.................
I do recall Lydney mounting a great escape by beating Ealing a few years back but to me the quality of player they had then was far superior
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