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Key Man Doubt - 24 March

declan morley-lyne hellenic league lydneyLydney 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.


mark lee hellenic league lydneyStay 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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