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james addis hellenic league lydney townAddis Out For 3 Months - 10 October

Lydney Town club captain Jamie Addis (pictured) has been ruled out for around 12 weeks after breaking his jaw in the recent game with Highworth Town. The news comes as big blow for Town boss Mark Lee as he has been unable to to field a settled side for weeks due to injuries and unavailability.

The return of Niall Halford after 9 months out certainly softens the blow and the big striker scored twice on Saturday to help knock Faringdon Town out of the League Cup.

England man Jack Rutter was also back at the weekend and should be available for this week too, but his other commitments will see him miss a few future games. Town defender Tom Shaw has been offered a job at Forest Green Rovers that will include working on Saturdays, so he is another that will only be available for midweek games.

Two additions to the squad have been Owen Williams and Josh Bennai, both signed from Cheltenham youth. Owen has hit the ground running having scored twice in two games after coming off the bench twice, while Josh is still waiting for his first strike.

With regular keeper Richard Thomas waiting on an FA hearing over a recent red card, Town's new goalkeeper George Burton is now facing a 1 game ban following a very harsh red card he received in Saturday's cup match with Faringdon Town.

Lady luck has certainly deserted Lydney for the moment, as it does for all sides at some stage. The squad has been stretched to it's limits for some games. Youngsters Keelan Hamblett and Frankie Johnson have seen more game time than they would probably have expected after breaking into the first team squad this season.

 

bluefin insurersExperienced Players Return - 6 October

Lydney Town manager Mark Lee is hoping the return of experienced duo Niall Halford and Jack Rutter will help break his side's run of five games without a win.

Halford recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Rutter will make his return in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup against Faringdon Town on Saturday. Rutter has been captaining England Cerebral Palsy team at the World Championships in Argentina, and Lee is hoping that extra experience will result in a cup win this weekend.

"It's good to have Niall back on board," said Lee in the Cheltenham Echo. "He adds something different up front, and he can still do a job at centre half. It's good to have players coming back, with Jack available on Saturday as well. The young lads have done really well, but to have the experience back, the older heads, can only help you really. It will be great to have them back in the fold and it's just hard work now. I'm absolutely confident the results will turn around."

Town have faced three of the top seven sides on the road in recent weeks, but now have a run of five games at home. Lee is hoping that could be the catalyst and is aiming to pick up as many wins as possible. "It has been a difficult run," he added."I don't like to make excuses because you would like to think whoever you come up against that you'll be competitive and take points anywhere on the day. It has been a tough run, and with five at home, you would like to pick up as many points as close to maximum as possible. We have a good chance to do that now."

Sometimes a cup competition can be viewed as a welcome distraction from the pressures of league action, but not for Lee. If he had his way, they would be fighting for three points this week rather than cup progression. "From the coaches perspective, we would love it to be a league game," he said. "You sort of get rolling and think you're getting somewhere, and then the cup is a bit of a distraction and not in a good way. We would like to be playing a league game and battling for three points, but it is what it is."On paper, we are expected to win the game I suppose, but in a one off cup game you only have to drop your levels a little bit and they raise their standards and you're in for a bit of an upset."

Faringdon sit fourth in Hellenic Division Two West, and Lee doesn't know much more than that, instead focusing solely on his side's preparation. "I don't take much notice," he added. "I know the division they play in, but we always focus on ourselves first and foremost - maintaining our standards and if we do, then we can only do as well as we can from our perspective."

Captain Jamie Addis and Rich Thomas will miss the game, while James Morse is struggling with injury and is a doubt.

 

Josh Bennai uhlsport hellenic leagueLoan Signing - 22 September

Cheltenham Town youth player Josh Bennai has signed for Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Lydney Town on loan.

The 17-year-old (pictured right) made his FA Cup debut for Tuffley Rovers earlier this season and will now link up with Mark Lee's Lydney, who play Wantage Town away in the FA Vase second qualifying round tomorrow.

Bennai is in his second season with the Robins' BTEC Development squad and after being hampered by injuries last year, he knows he needs regular football to catch up and impress. Bennai, whose family are from France, grew up in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London.

jack rutter hellenic league captain England's cerebral palsy teamWhile Lydney Town continue their preparations for Saturday's FA Vase second round qualifying tie at Wantage Town, their midfielder Jack Rutter (left) has been captaining England's cerebral palsy team at the World Championships in Argentina, writes Johnny Morton in the Cheltenham Excho. Rutter's side went down 3-1 to Iran in the semi-final, and will now face either Ukraine or Russia in a third place play-off on Saturday.

Lydney manager Mark Lee says it is great to see Rutter's team making progress through the competition."It's fantastic for Jack using his ability to come back, which has been well documented, to lead his side out there," said Lee. "It's great for the club and it will be great to have him back."

Town will have had 10 days off since their 1-0 loss to Royal Wootton Basset Town, prior to which they had gone three unbeaten. Lee is hoping a win on Saturday can start them on another run, with three games in the space of seven days, with league games against Highworth Town and Tuffley Rovers to follow this weekend's fixture.

"We were disappointed we got nothing from the Wootton Bassett game," he added. "At half-time I said to the players that the difference would be who made the first mistake, and unfortunately it was us. It was the only thing that separated the two sides and we will go again on Saturday and try to put another run together."

Lydney will be looking to reach the first round proper of the competition, as they did last season before being eliminated by Canterbury City. It will be the third time they have faced the Alfredians this season, with the matches being shared one apiece.

Lee is embracing the role of underdog, with Wantage sitting fourth in the Hellenic Premier Division table after winning their last four games."It would be nice to win a couple more games," he said. "We know them really well with it being the third time we've played them - they beat us once and we beat them in the league. They are on a decent run winning their last four, so we go there as underdogs which suits us fine - we are happy with that."

James Morse returns from injury, while Lewis Halford is also available after returning from holiday.

 

keelan hamblett hellenic leagueBright Start For Midfielder - 8 September

After a bright start to the season, Lydney Town manager Mark Lee is hoping Keelan Hamblett can keep progressing at his current rate.

The young midfielder pictured) scored in Town's 2-1 win over Fairford Town on Tuesday evening, and Lee says Hamblett is 'older than his years'. "For a lad of his age, people talk a lot about his ability, but it's also his mental awareness," said Lee speaking with Jon Palmer of the Gloucestershire Echo. "He's older than his years really. He took his goal really well and he's coming along nicely. I hope he keeps progressing the way he is because he's got ability."

Lydney consigned Fairford to their seventh straight Hellenic Premier Division game without a win, and given how depleted his squad was, Lee was delighted with how his side performed. "I was really happy with the performance," he added. "I thought in the first half we controlled things, didn't put ourselves under too much pressure and scored a really good goal. I was a bit disappointed with the penalty we gave away. The second half got a little bit more scrappy, and at times the game got a little bit stretched. Overall, I was pleased with the performance."

buildbase fa vase logoLydney are in FA Vase action tomorrow, hosting Spartan South Midlands Division One side Winslow United in the first qualifying round.They won two games in the competition last year, against Chertsey Town and AFC Portchester, before being eliminated in the first round proper by Canterbury City.

Lee is hoping his side can make an improvement upon that against a side with a familiar profile to his own this season."Last year we won two vase games, so it would nice to put a run together and win a couple of games," he said."I noticed they are seventh in their league and have won three away from home, so not too dissimilar to ourselves. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can progress and get a little further this time."

Lydney welcome captain Jamie Addis back into the side for the cup tie. Pete Macklin, James Morse, Niall Halford, Lewis Halford, Jack Rutter and Richard Thomas are all still unavailable.

 

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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