IT'S not meant to be like this... Regentsholme, the pitch on which visitors should tremble and fear to tread, is in danger of becoming just another rugby ground.

However, it will not be that way if Lydney's director of rugby, Nick Bartlett, has a say.

Bartlett, in his day a fearsome front-rower, was both scratching his head and pawing the ground on Monday as he tried to explain away this defeat.

It was, he thought, a game Lydney could and should have shaded.

"It was tough and it was always going to be. They were a good team with a game based around a couple of strong ball carriers. But I was disappointed that again we failed to deliver at home," said the ex Royal Navy man.

"I can't explain what is happening. We are unbeaten away from home with four wins out of four and to achieve that we have had to play with some character. But we are not fronting up at home.

"I'm not sure whether some complacency creeps into our game because we expect to win at Regentsholme. It could be as simple as that, but I am aware we are letting our supporters down. I'm targeting the game at home to Launceston next week as a 'must win'. They are very much like us and I want to make home advantage count," he said.

To be fair Lydney had their moments and appeared to be on the verge of a comeback when the game was halted by an horrendous injury to goal-kicking ace Brett Turner.

The outside-half shouted in agony as he was trapped beneath an opponent . His ankle was dislocated and he broke his left leg in three places.

"It was obviously very serious. Brett had an operation on Sunday morning and I understand he has had the leg pinned with a plate and 13 screws. The whole club wishes him well and we look forward to seeing him on the touchline," said Bartlett.

He added his praise for the work of club first aid man Adam McCormick and the skill and calming influences of the Shelford physios who immediately realised the seriousness of the injury.

The game restarted after 45 minutes and Lydney immediately scored. But the impetus had been lost and the visitors were good value for their win.

Bartlett picked out Will Jones and Dave Bennett as Lydney's top forwards while scrum-half Mike Hagan was also influential.

Hagan and the returning Tony Wicks are likely to shoulder the goal-kicking responsibilities.

Lydney try scorers were Mike Hagan and Nick Selway. Brett Turner kicked a penalty goal and a conversion and Mike Hagan, a conversion.