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Defensive Improvement Required For FA Cup - 4 August

After an opening day 4-2 defeat against Highworth Town, Lydney Town manager Mark Lee is looking his side to improve defensively ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash with Wantage Town, writes Johnny Morton in the Gloucestershire Echo.

Lee sees Saturday as a 'nice distraction' from league action, but would love to progress in the competition for the supporters and backroom staff.

"I think it's more for the supporters and the people behind the scenes," he added. "Obviously the players look forward to it but from our point of view it's just another game. It's not a competition we are going to win! We want to go as far as we can and win a couple of games if possible. It's a nice distraction and the whole club is looking forward to it."

They face a Wantage side that were relegated from Division One South and West of the Southern League last season.

The Alfredians kicked their campaign off with a 2-0 win over Binfield, and Lee is expecting a tough test this weekend."They beat Binfield in their first game at home, and on paper that looks like a very good result," he said."I know they've had a few changes in personnel and behind the scenes, so it's a bit of an unknown with them coming down from the Southern League last year. I think it's going to be a tough game regardless who we play in the FA Cup."


New Chairman For Lydney - 4 July

dean voss lydney hellenic leagueLydney Town have announced that Dean Voss,(pictured) currently the club Sponsorship manager is stepping up to replace outgoing Chairman Ashley Handcock for the coming season.

Ashley, who has been with the club five years, of which four of those were as Chairman, has decided he needs a break from the massive commitment the job entails. Since Ashley has been in the position the club has gone from strength to strength, with the first team securing level 5 football thanks to the new fence and two magnificent new stands in which he played a major part helping the club achieve.

Dean has also been with the club several years. In his role of Sponsorship manager, Dean also played a massive part helping the club reach the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division. He secured many vital sponsors who all contributed to funding the amount of work done.

All involved at the club are excited that Dean will carry on the great job done by his predecessor and help keep the club going in the right direction.

Town kick off their pre-season with their first friendly on Tuesday night when local side Ruardean Hill, newly promoted to the Gloucestershire County League visit The Rec at 7.30pm. Then on Saturday 8th July, Southern League neighbours Cinderford Town provide the opposition and will feature Town's leading scorer from last season Declan Morley-Lyne along side former defender Josh Nelmes.


declan morley-lyne hellenic leagueLydney Lose Top Scorer - 9 June

Lydney Town's Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons Declan Morley-Lyne(pictured) has been signed by Southern League neighbours Cinderford Town.

Cinderford Manager Paul Michael is building his side for the new season and sees Dec as a great addition to his squad, having captured two other top players in the last week.

Michael said of Morley-Lyne, "Declan has been prolific in the league below for a sustained period of time. He’s over 6ft 4in tall, quick and I believe he can prove himself at this level.

“He's a local Forest of Dean lad based in Lydney, which is important for us as a club moving forward.

Obviously Lydney are sad to see their talisman move on but on the other hand wish him all the very best at the higher level.

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