Sunday 11th February 2018
Lydney U13 v Ross on Wye
We left home in the sleet but by the time we got to Monmouth the sun was shining and continued to do so for us until the end. It was clearly going to be a more challenging game than our previous one, however with Ross opting for an extra defender rather than a keeper and Lydney showing great skill and ability and although we had to work really hard for it we found ourselves 2-0 up after the first 20 minutes.
The second 20 minutes we decided to give players the opportunity to try different positions which Ross took full advantage of, although Lydney still maintained a high level of hockey Ross were able to sneak in 3 goals.
Confident that we were clearly the stronger team the pressure was on and we set ourselves the target of scoring 2 more goals in the last 20 minutes. Lydney upped their game with some fantastic passing, tackling and teamwork. Ross had some near misses and had a very strong defence, however this didn’t keep us from reaching our objective that had been set and after another 2 great goals we finished the game on top with a score of 4-3.
Lydney under 13 mixed team v Chepstow development team
Unfortunately with a few of Chepstow’s more experienced players falling ill they were left with only 9 players, due to afew of them being quite a bit younger than our players it was agreed with both teams and parents that their coaches could join them on the pitch. Very quickly Lydney found themselves with most of the possession and pressing Chepstow constantly leaving our keeper very little to do. We scored 3 great goals in the first half and decided to make a few alterations at half time to try and level things out a bit. The game became a bit more challenging for Lydney and with a bit of help from the umpires Chepstow were able to make it to our D and gain a couple of short corners, one of which they scored a goal with thanks to a cracking strike from their guest Lydney player which brought the score to 3-1.
Although the game wasn’t particularly challenging for the team, as it was almost necessary for the team to hold back I was amazed by the fantastic sportsmanship of our team. I think where many others teams may have ruthlessly just clocked up loads of goals Lydney took the opportunity to work on their structure, passing and development play, using their skill and experience to guide the other team. I think it was admirable and hopefully enjoyable to all.
Successful weekend for all our teams!!!!
Well done ladies 😁
1st team won 4-2
2nd team won 2-0
3rd team won 2-1
Looks like all teams remain at 5th place !!!!
For now 😊
Lydney 2nd X1 v Westberries 3rd X1
Saturday 13th January 2018
What a wonderful way to start the year for Lydney 2nd team as we took on Westberries 3rd team away at Coomb Dingle. Both teams fighting to secure remaining in the top 5 of the league. We looked solid as we warmed up in unity. The effects of the Christmas breaks’ inevitable indulgence were evident in the first half as Westberries pressed us hard putting our defence under a lot pressure, however with determination, resilience and a little luck Westberries after produced nail biting play with many near misses including hitting the post on numerous occasions the ball just refused to cross the line. Half way through the first half we got our break and took full advantage of it thundering up the pitch with some fantastic passing and movement through midfield. We stormed the D with a great shot from the edge and an excellent deflection resulting in our first goal which took us to half time leading 1-0. Keeping our pre game objectives firmly in our minds and the injection of the excited energy a goal brings we were like bees to honey determined to keep the lead. Second half Westberries changed their structure pushing another player up high hoping to convert some of those near misses however this opened the game up for us and like a pack of wolves we took control of the second half, pressing and attacking hard putting a lot of strain on their keeper and defence. A great swift injection from a short corner, little slip to the right and cracking strike of the ball resulted in our second and well deserved goal. We continued to attack for the rest of the game with the 3 goal target we had set ourselves at the outset now in our grasp and although very nearly doing so during some threatening attacking and narrowly missing being awarded one last short corner, the final whistle blew ending the game with a very welcome 2-0 victory.
Many thanks to everybody who came and joined in the fun on the sunny winter day. Well done to our visitors from the wonderful Lydney tennis club, thanks to Cath, who very narrowly beat the 2nd team to take the title this year. Annie Lord won best dressed as the very marvelous Christmas parrot. ( I still have your prize sorry I forgot to present it to you ) Special thanks to Glenn for doing the great music, Richard and Bev for scoring and Marcus, Jeremy and Xenia for umpiring.
Lydney mixed under 13
19th November 2017
Lydney 4-0 Newent
The sun was shining on us for the very first game for our brand new under 13 mixed team on Sunday 19th November 2017 against Newent. Our future Vixens and badgers have been working really hard every week at training and finally got to put their talents into action together as a team for Lydney hockey club. For some it was their first time playing 11 a side on a full pitch, the match was played over 60 minutes with the game split into 4 quarters rather than being played over the usual 2 halves.
The team consisting of Ella, Grace, Kaitlin, Lauren, Lily, Georgia, Phoebe, Toby, Billy, Syrus, Robbie, Luke and Jacob got straight in and were a threat right from the beginning. With some lovely teamwork the ball made its way to their D, with Lauren delivering a beautiful pass into the D to Georgia who shot at a very tight angle across the goal line for Kaitlin to touch it in securing the first goal within 4 min. Syrus, Billy, Robbie and Lily were solid in defence keeping the agile and skillful midfield Phoebe and Ella well supported only letting the very occasional ball get anywhere near our D, with keeper Grace promptly clearing it every time it came near. In the second quarter some strong attacking down the middle and a lovely pass out to Luke on the wing who with a cracking shot provided goal number 2 at about 25 min. Lydney gained a penalty corner and relying only on a brief practice before the game the boys stepped up to take the attacking short corner and resulted in the 3rd goal from Robbie at about 34 min. Shortly afterwards Newent worked their way into our D and in return were rewarded with a short corner of their own. The girls who had some experience from school games stepped up and did fantastically well defending their goal resulting in Lydney finding themselves attacking again with Robbie, in a short spell upfront, scoring goal number 4 and bringing the final score to 4-0. Toby showed great skill and determination on the wing and Jacob provided some amazing beaks up front, constantly keeping their defence on their toes. I was so impressed with the high level of hockey, teamwork and the overall adaptability of the players as we kept the subs rolling thus giving the players opportunity to try different positions. Thank you to Jane and Jeremy for helping with the running of the sideline and the fantastic support from the parents and other spectators. The team are a true credit to their coach Lisa. Well done everybody, hopefully this will be the first of many games and a taste of the future for developing up and coming vixen and badgers teams.