Feed Off Victory - 7 April
Mark Lee is hoping Lydney can feed off their 2-0 Bluefin Sport Floodlit Cup win over Ardley United on Tuesday evening and take that into this weekend's Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division clash against Brackley Town Saints.
Lydney face Flackwell Heath in the final next Wednesday at Kidlington, and Lee is delighted for his players who have came through adversity to reach this stage.
"The boys put in a really good shift last night, and considering we've had six or seven games and travelled over 700 miles with every game being away," said Lee to Gloucestershire Press reporter Jon Palmer "We've gone to extra time twice, been knocked out and reinstated, so it's been some journey. To actually make it to the final, I'm really pleased for the players to get to another final."
Lydney still have the possibility to finish eighth in the league, and combine that with cup success, Lee says he would have taken that before the season began. "We are a little bit ahead of where I expected us to be," added Lee. "If we do finish eighth, which I fully believe we can do, I would be over the moon with that. Next year we could add a couple more and kick on again. It's been a great season so far."
Top scorer Declan Morley-Lyne has 32 goals in 38 games in all competitions, and was back in the starting line-up on Tuesday evening after an injury. Lee said his importance can't be underestimated, but is pleased others have stepped up to contribute. "You can't underestimate how important he is with his goals," Lee said. "Jamie Addis and Jack Rutter weighed in with goals (in the cup), so it was good to see them coming from other areas and people stepping up and taking responsibility."
Lewis Halford is the only absentee for the match against a Brackley side who sit 13th, and have won their last two games against Tuffley Rovers and Brimscombe and Thrupp.
Key Pair Back - 31 March
Key pair Declan Morley-Lyne and captain Jamie Addis could return for Lydney Town's Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division match against table-toppers Thame United tomorrow.
Addis will make his comeback along with Kerry Hale, and manager Mark Lee is hoping top scorer Morley-Lyne will be fit enough to return to the squad after missing the last two matches.
Town are looking to 'move on' after suffering a 2-1 loss in the Bluefin Sport Hellenic Challenge Cup against Brimscombe & Thrupp on Tuesday evening. "It was disappointing because I thought we had enough chances, especially in the second half when we changed things around to actually win the game on a difficult pitch, and maybe on a better pitch we would have taken our chances," said Lee. "Our goalkeeper was incredible in the first 10 minutes and kept us in the game, and in the second half we created enough to win the game. So it is disappointing to get so close, but we move on now."
Thame are two points clear at the top with two games left to play, and have scored 107 goals so far this season. Lee is hoping his side can finish in eighth place in the table, which would show progress from last years 11th place finish, but is aware it'll be a tough test when United visit this weekend. "They are fighting to win the league, their front two are scoring plenty of goals and they are an organised unit," added Lee. "To be honest, we are just trying to take care of things from our perspective. Eighth place in the league is still attainable, so regardless of who turns up on Saturday, we will look to win the game."
Lee admits that his side have 'half an eye' on Tuesday's Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup semi-final against Ardley United. "As much as we want to finish as high as we can in the league, we will have half an eye on Tuesday because it would be great to get to another final, which would be three in three years," he said. "We are definitely looking forward to Tuesday."
Key Man Doubt - 24 March
Lydney Town could be without their key man for tomorrow’s Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division clash against Thatcham Town.
Striker Declan Morley-Lyne (pictured) has netted 32 goals in 37 matches this season, but is struggling with injury ahead of a crucial period for Mark Lee's men.
Lee is looking forward to a tough match against fourth-placed Thatcham, but is more concerned about the cup competitions his side are still involved in. "These are the games you want to be involved in and are the games you get to test yourself," said Lee. "To be honest, we are in the quarter final of one cup and the semi-final of the Floodlit Cup, so we really have more of an eye on that and I will be minding players for that as we go to Brimscombe on Tuesday night."
Thatcham have won their last five league games, and Lee is aware of how tough a test it will be travelling to Waterside Park. "They won it last season and are a seasoned Premier side," added Lee. "They are very tough, well organised and well drilled. It's another tough place to go against a top six side so I am expecting another tough game for us."
Lydney's five game winning run was brought to an abrupt halt with a 3-1 defeat to Highmoor-Ibis last Saturday, but Lee praised the effort his side put in. "Last week it was a case of going to extra-time the Wednesday before and we were the walking wounded to be fair," said Lee. "We lost three during the game as well, along with a few poor refereeing decisions which isn't something I usually moan about. I couldn't have asked for more from the boys."
Saturday's match is the last away game of Town's league campaign, and Lee is looking forward to rounding off the season back at home. "It's been a bit of a struggle with Saturday games away, a few midweek games away and I think every cup game in the Floodlit Cup has been away, so it will be a welcome return to have a few games at home," he added.
Along with Morley-Lyne, Liam Sheppard is also doubtful through injury and Jamie Addis is away.
Stay Up There - 18 November
Lydney Town boss Mark Lee wants his side to stay "right up there" by beating Highmoor Ibis in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday.
Lee's side ended a four match winless streak in the league by beating local rivals Longlevens on Tuesday night, and he said in the Cheltenham press: "Last Saturday wasn't good and we were looking for a response from the players. The boys gave it to us and they didn't need any motivating because it was a local derby."
But the result came at a cost, though, as Lydney sustained a couple of injuries in the 3-1 win. "We picked up the three points, but at the same time we lost a few players to injury, and that's very frustrating," said Lee (pictured).
Kerry Hale (hamstring) and Pat Gibbs (knee) are both injured, while Sam Elliott is away. Their opponents this weekend have won just one of their last five games, but Lee is still expecting a difficult test from a side who sit five places below them in 13th.
"There are no easy games in football, they're still a decent side that can cause us problems," he said. "As I mentioned, we'll be missing a few so we'll have to deal with that."
A win could see Lydney shoot up the league table as high as joint-fifth, but Lee claimed his side need to build some momentum again to try and catch up with the leaders. Lee added: "We just have to take it as it comes. Three points would be great, and it would go a long way in terms of keeping us right up there."
Lydney Squad News - 12 July
Lydney will be losing the services of central defender Luke Barker for the new season due to work commitments and his decision to go traveling later in the year.
Barker (pictured) came back from University at the start of last season and was given an early start and never looked back. The club would like to wish him well in the future.
On the plus side Town have confirmed two new signings to boost their squad. Chris Addis, brother of club skipper Jamie, has signed from County League Ellwood. Chris is vastly experienced and will more than fill the gap that Barker has left. Another Ellwood old boy to join the club is striker Gary Wildin. Gary played for Lydney a few years back and is welcoming another crack at Hellenic League football. One striker not so lucky is Jarred Liddington who still has not recovered from a knee injury he picked up towards then end of last season.
More good news comes in the shape of skipper Jamie Addis who has fully recovered from last season’s nagging groin injury that saw him miss a vast majority of games. As did striker Pat Gibbs with a cruciate knee injury. Gibbs is also back in training and once again in contention.
Town boss Mark Lee is meeting with at least 2 more potential signings before the big kick off in an effort to boost his healthy looking squad.
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