Action Packed Friendly for U13 Girls

Sunday 2nd May 2021

After spending a few hours dreamily watching a very leisurely game of children’s cricket in the morning in Bristol we raced back to Lydney in time for an action packed U13s friendly match against Cirencester at 2:00pm.

The sun was shining brightly on us as we warmed up and briefly discussed positions, bearing in mind how new the team is to full, 11-a-side matches. The game started promptly and from the offset it was clear that it was going to be a fast moving riveting hour of competitive hockey. With the ball seemingly attempting to navigating its way over every bit of the pitch, the spectators were very quickly captivated. Halfway into the first half after the ball had been skillfully worked through the midfield it travelled out to our right mid who drove it into the D and slotted it neatly into the goal. Not long afterwards having fended off many attempts with some brilliant saves, Cirencester managed to break through our resilient defence and only just edged the ball past our keeper. Although the first half ended with the whole of the Cirencester’s team storming the D for a succession of two nail biting short corners we finished level at 1-1.

‘a fast moving, riveting hour of competitive hockey’


The atmosphere was electrifying and continued to grow in tempo into the second half. Even though fatigue was starting to creep in our team continued to work hard with the same enthusiasm and determination. Our attacks were strong with our strikers moving up the pitch with vigour, putting their stand-in keeper ( the other coaches 15 year old daughter) under a lot of pressure and only narrowly missing a few more goals. Some beautiful passing and communication in the D from the left mid and Centre midfield took Lydney into the lead once again. Cirencester then equalized again with 10 minutes to go. The longest ten minutes followed as both sides upped their tempo, while the cheers escalated, into a frantic battle to just try get that winning goal. Finally, the whistle blew for full time and although we had to accept the 2-2 draw, which was a good reflection of the game, from the continued effort from the whole team they were winners in my eyes!!

Thank you to Marcus and Robbie for umpiring and keeping the spirits high but controlled, to Emily Aldridge and Sophie Voyce for their help with the team on the sideline, to all the wonderful parents, of course, for their amazing support and our sponsors: Voyce Pullin and W & N Adams.

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Summer League Coming Soon

Starting from the week commencing Monday 3rd May, a mini summer league will begin at Freedom Leisure for all members. The league will last for 10 weeks, finishing on the 10th July

There will be 5 teams of 6 players who will all play one another on half a pitch. The remaining half will be available to anyone not playing in the league that week to take part in a knockabout. If you would like to take part and haven’t already registered your interest, please complete the below ( or ask a guardian to complete this on your behalf )

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4 Wins, 12 Goals, 4 Clean-sheets – U12 Girls Impress at Gloucestershire Hockey Festival

Sunday 25th April 2021

On Sunday 25th April a squad of 10 girls took part in the Gloucestershire U12 Hockey Festival. This was the first outing since lockdown and the first matches that the girls have played in since October 2020. In an odd turn of scheduling we were drawn to play four different Cheltenham teams and one team from Cirencester in 5 x 12 minutes matches. The first game was slightly odd in that the Cheltenham team didn’t have a goalie and asked to play 7 pitch players instead. In any other normal time this would not be allowed but due to the fact that the day was all about just getting the players on the pitch and playing some hockey, all the other teams agreed that they would allow it. However being the first match and not quite into their stride the girls found it hard to cope with the additional pitch player. Cheltenham scored first  – but Lydney responded well with a quick goal to bring the score back to 1-1. Unfortunately the girls struggled to get through the congested mid-field and allowed Cheltenham to score twice to finish the game 3-1 to Cheltenham, but that was not reflective of the overall strengths of the two teams.

While we had the majority of the possession, there were still some well-timed tackles in defence and good work rate by the midfield.

Having felt slightly aggrieved at the first match and now warmed up, the girls got into form and produced a good performance to win 1-0 against Cirencester. The second Cheltenham team were next and the girls were too strong for them with some excellent finishing by our forwards we won 3-0, even when at times there were 9 Cheltenham players on the pitch! Whilst we had the majority of the possession, there were still some well-timed tackles in defence and good work rate by the midfield to get back to assist.

After a quick break and walk up to the top blue pitch, we played the third Cheltenham team, and by then the girls were cruising  – even asking if the pitch was smaller than the green one – as they were covering it that well! A hard ball coming from outside the D by our left-midfield was deflected in by our ‘Spanish Super Striker’ and an excellent short corner straight strike from our center midfield put them ahead. Save of the day from our goalie was a fabulous ‘tip of the toe’ stretching save  – which made us so proud of how far she has come in such a short amount of time playing in goal. A final Lydney goal made it 3-0.

The last match against the fourth Cheltenham Team was ‘saving the best ‘til last’. A 4-0 win, with a hat-trick and goal of the day from our centre midfield – a low right hard strike that the Cheltenham goalie had no chance of saving. Overall a fantastic 60 minutes of hockey – four wins with 12 goals in total, four clean-sheets and everyone putting in superb effort. Thanks to Robbie for umpiring, parent helpers for pitch-side assistance, Cindy and Marcus and our sponsors: Voyce Pullin and W & N Adams.

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Incredible Improvement for the U12 Boys @Gloucestershire Hockey Festival

Sunday 25th April 2021

On Sunday 25th April our boys under 12 team (well actually our very young developing under 11/10 team) were very excited to get back onto the pitch in the beautiful sunshine, even though it was clear by the mere size of them that the two Cheltenham teams and the two Cirencester teams had definitely been eating their Weetabix over the lockdown.

Unperturbed by the size difference, our team, in the first game against Cirencester Minions, showed that small is mighty. After a very exciting 10 minutes and some beautiful passing and movement up the right followed by a textbook ball across the D to our striker to skilfully slot into the goal, we ecstatically welcomed the final whistle and a victory.

Our team…showed that small is mighty.


The second game against Cirencester Muppets was more challenging, and although we had some incredible attacking opportunities and near misses and it was very competitive, soon they were putting our defence and keeper under a lot of pressure, managing to edge a few balls into the goal and taking the win.


The next two games against Cheltenham Lions and Tigers, took the games to another level, and although our team were starting to feel fatigued, they battled on, giving it their all, however the oppos experience, strength and structure was just a bit too overwhelming. Our keeper made some incredible saves in his usual enthusiastic vigour which was admired by the other teams. The improvement from the last tournament in October was incredible and very exciting to see. Very proud of the boys!


Thank you to Marcus for umpiring, Liam for running the timer, Jane for coaching (and helping me to unintentionally drown out the other coaches 😝🙈😂) all the parents for such amazing support and of course, to our sponsors: Voyce Pullin and W & N Adams.

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3 Out of 4 for Lydney U10 Girls

Sunday 18th April 2021, Gloucester Hockey Festival

After not playing any hockey for four months, the U10 girls finally got back on the pitch this weekend at the GHA Festival in Cheltenham. They had four matches to play and started strongly against Cheltenham Monsters. They put pressure on them straight away and with good stick skills from Daisy and great finishing from Martha, Lydney went 1-0 up and won the first game.

The second match against Cirencester was the hardest game of the afternoon. It was a closely fought game with great defensive work from Alys and Emma and some great saves from Lydney’s keeper. Lydney continued to put pressure on Cirencester with Maisie, Madeleine and Ava on the wings creating numerous opportunities for the forwards to get shots away. Lydney managed to score first but very quickly Cirencester reacted and unfortunately Lydney let in a goal resulting in a 1-1 draw.

The final two matches against Cheltenham Minions and Wooton-Under-Edge saw Lydney win 3-0 and 2-0. The team demonstrated such determination and enthusiasm throughout and it really pleasing to see them start to play with good shape and demonstrate attacking and defensive understanding. It was a great event to be involved with as a club allowing the girls the opportunity to get back involved in team sport at the end of this most recent lockdown. Well done to all the players involved.

Thank you to Marcus Jones for umpiring, Gemma Baber for the match report and to our sponsors: Voyce Pullin and W & N Adams.

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Lydney vs South Glos vs The Worms*, 3 – 2 win for Lydney!

Sat 31st Oct ’20, Lydney 2s v Bristol

Lydney vs South Glos vs The Worms

There was a certain amount of upheaval (ahem) before the game, with Lydney 2nds being somewhat of a Frankenstein team this week (very festive) featuring players from the 3rds, a borrowed Caitlin from the 1sts, and a celebrity guest appearance for Bridget’s friend Dawn! (Dawn what are you doing every Saturday for the rest of the season? Asking for a friend…).

*Worm spectators were EVERYWHERE on the pitch.

Lydney started strong and slotted away their first goal in the first ten minutes. A lovely assist from Dawn to Cynthia, cracking into the backboard and setting the tone for the rest of the game. Allegedly, Bridget was involved at some capacity but to be honest I think I was looking the wrong way. We’ll take her word for it.

Lydney held strong and did lots of running for the rest of the first half, the second goal put away by Dawn – a redemption from her fantastic golf swing-and-a-miss from a few minutes earlier! At half time, Lydney were up 2-1 and were visibly rattling the opposition.

Half time advice from Duncan

Back on the pitch, the wings were being held by Caitlin and Lauren, while Cindy ran her socks off in mid. Ali was covering a lot of ground as sweeper and the back was powering through with Rachel, Sophie and Emma. Emma made a couple of miraculous saves and Lydia made an even more miraculous effort to get on the pitch and play some hockey, despite her delicate condition.

The last goal for Lydney was scored by Bryony Halford – an absolute crack of a strike that she had been edging towards the whole game. The final score was 3-2 to Lydney, a lovely win that Ali was only aware of well after she’d driven home. Well done girls, at least we’ve entered lockdown with a bang!

Properly organised warm-down courtesy of Zen Master, Lauren B.

Player of the Match was Kate Macaskill for her strength and composure in defense. (She also wrote the match report, but left her substantial contribution to the game -and the win -out, because she’s like that. Ali B).

Hands up if you slipped on a worm today

Thanks to Marcus Jones for umpiring and all of our spectators and our sponsors, Morgan Engineering and Watts Urethane Products for their support.

The overall game verdict from our slippery friends.
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Club Pulls Together for Well Earned Draw for the 1sts

Saturday 24th October 2020

Lydney 1s v Taunton Vale

It was starting to seem questionable if the hockey league for Lydney would actually get underway this season, due to last minute complications to availability in the first team caused by this infuriating covid. Not without a concerted effort by the club to persuade the league to allow them, on this occasion, to postpone the 1sts game, the league stood firm and sadly the much anticipated 2s v 3s game had to be postponed instead so that numerous players from the 2s could stand in and fill the gaps in the 1st team at the last minute. Credit to all the captains and the whole club for pulling together to get this show on the road.

With it finally all sorted, the team made the lengthy journey to Taunton Vale sports center to face the feisty Taunton Vale on this blustery, wet autumnal afternoon.

During the first half, Lydney held onto a large majority of the possession and although building many strong attacks resulting in numerous short corners, Taunton’s strong keeper and defence frustratingly kept the ball from crossing the line. Well into the first half, and against the run of play, Taunton managed to bundle the ball into the goal to bring the score to 1-0.

Against the run of play, Taunton managed to bundle the ball into the goal to bring the score to 1-0.

Conditions worsened with a heavy downpour leading into the second half. Taunton piled on the pressure, staying energised with their large squad, and although tensions were running high with some dubious tackles, Lydney remained unflustered. Some very exciting goal line clearances from Lydney’s defence, impressive saves from their keeper, constant intensity from midfield and brilliant movement up front, the score remained unaltered until the 67th minute when, following some excellent play from midfield out to the wing resulting in a couple of short corners followed by a long corner, Lydney’s left midfield neatly slotted the ball between the keepers pads resulting in a well-deserved draw.

Lydney’s left midfield neatly slotted the ball between the keepers pads resulting in a well-deserved draw.

An excellent result for Lydney to start the season, especially given the absence of their captain and numerous key players due to covid and the Welsh lockdown. A huge well done and thank you to all the players and even more so to those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure it all goes ahead. Thanks also to Lydney’s chairman for his side line support and stand-in match reporters ‘the Jones clan’ who took notes from the comfort of the upstairs bar, (however managed to fail miserably to get any decent photos ? ?)

Match report by Cindy Jones.

Thanks also go to the team’s sponsors: Jacob Biddle Personal Training and Morgan Engineering.

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Updated Membership Form

Could everyone, who wishes to participate in playing or training in the 2020 – 2021 season, and who hasn’t already done so, please print, fill in and return the form below, soon as possible to the club Treasurer, Marcus Jones.

The form can be returned in paper or digital format.

Please Note: The form must be completed and returned before you are can represent the club in matches.

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Surprise 5-2 Win for the 1sts

Saturday 17th Oct. ’20, Lydney 1s v Bristol Uni

Lydney first team played a very youthful Bristol University team who had travelled with a full squad of sixteen. The game started with both teams having possession however as the game moved on; Lydney gained confidence and started to threaten the Bristol defence. Some lovely Lydney passing movements led to Lydney scoring two goals in the first half and going into the break 2-0 up, not something that would have been predicted before the game.

Freya Swan got three goals which is her first hat trick for Lydney,

In the second half Lydney built on their first half performance and continued to attack which led to another three goals being scored. Bristol did get a couple of goals back in the second half but Lydney held strong with the final score being 5-2 to the home team. Freya Swan got three goals which is her first hat trick for Lydney, Amy Biddle got one goal and superstar defender Lucy Aldridge got the other.

First hat trick for Lydney for Freya Swan

A special shout out to Georgia, Sophie, Lydia and Caitlin who all stepped up to the challenge of playing for the first team this week and did themselves proud.

The win puts Lydney in good stead for their first league game against Taunton Vale next Saturday.

A big thank you to our umpires Steve Lewis and Sara Sleeman who did a wonderful job controlling the game and to our sponsors: Jacob Biddle Personal Training and Morgan Engineering.

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Strength in Adversity Leads to 5-0 Win

Saturday 17th Oct. ’20, Lydney 2/3s v Firebrands

A bright afternoon saw Lydney welcome Firebrands for a friendly against a mix of the 2nd and 3rd teams. Lydney looked composed and determined from the first whistle and applied pressure consistently across the first half. Katie Peacey jumped on a loose ball that was crossing the goal mouth and made sure that it went over the line, taking Lydney into the lead. A well worked penalty corner enabled Ali Bannister to slot the ball away, bringing the score to 2-0, much to the delight of the supporters.

With Sarah Mitchell, winning many a tackle -but picking up an injury that took her out of the game, and Georgia Reid having to come off after great attacking play that unfortunately led to a particularly unlucky and awkwardly angled fall, Lydney had to make changes and adapt. They did this remarkably well though. The defensive back row reorganised themselves to allow Ali Bannister to move up into mid-field and score a second goal, this time on the reverse from the edge of the D.

Michelle King – showing that a full shift and only a few hours sleep are no obstacle to brilliance

In the second half, Lydney were awarded a penalty strike. Michelle King – showing that a full shift and only a few hours sleep are no obstacle to brilliance -stepped up to take the shot and to make the score one more to Lydney.

Strong defending, with high quality interceptions and clearances from Debbie Legg; persistent marking and channeling from Olivia Armstrong and firm and decisive hits from Jane Box and Sophie Voyce, saw Lydney able to rebut Firebrands’ attacks – drawing compliments from the opposition on the quality of our keepers: Helen Wilcox and Emma Kear too.

Great linking play in the mid-field from Cindy Jones, Annie Kirk and Kate Macaskill and repeated use of the press were instrumental in keeping the ball in Lydney’s attacking half, which allowed the forwards to apply pressure of their own, pushing and prodding until they found weaknesses that they could exploit. This led to a final goal by Kate to bring the final score to an impressive 5 – 0 to Lydney.

Player of the Match was Ali Bannister.

Thank you to Marcus Jones and Jeremy Box for umpiring, to Julian Wilcox for running the subs, to all the supporters on the sideline and to our sponsors, Morgan Engineering and Watts Urethane Products.

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