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.