Reserves make it 12 from 12

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Friday 13th August 2021 11:25 am
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LYDNEY TOWN Reserves booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Reg Davis with a result that gave them a perfect win record in the group stages of the competition.

The home side went into the game on Wednesday evening (August 11) knowing that anything other than a win would mean they no longer controlled their fate.

Hill started the last round of games ahead of Woolaston on goal difference.

A win and Woolaston would have needed to put five past Broadwell Reserves in the other top-of-the-table game on Wednesday evening.

A Harrow Hill defeat meant Woolaston only needed a draw to progress – but they did so emphatically with a 0-3 victory at The Hawthorns.

Harrow Hill started the game with purpose and had a chance after five minutes with a cross that floated across the box.

A free-kick into the area caused problems for the Lydney defence but Matthew Boseley’s shot went wide.

Lydney had also had a couple of chances but the game turned after 22 minutes when Hill’s keeper, Wayne Baldwin, was adjudged to have clambered over Sam Wines.

Wines stepped up to put the penalty low into the left hand corner to boost Lydney .

Hill continued to press and went close after half an hour when James Matthews shot wide from a corner.

Minutes later he tried a long-range effort from a touch that went over the bar and another attempt was gathered by Lydney keeper Ellis Broughton.

The visitors also went close on a couple of occasions in the last 10 minutes with a long-range shot from Jarred Liddington and a header that went wide by Wines.

Hill immediately put the pressure on after the break with a chance from a corner and then Liam Thomas forced a good save from Broughton.

Lydney made a strong shout for a second penalty on 10 minutes when Liddington went down in the area but referee Stuart Evans dismissed the claim.

Both sides continued to create chances but Lydney doubled the lead with a superb curling shot from Keelan Hamblett on the half hour.

Hill continued to press and a header from Sam Taylor reduced the deficit but it was the last play of the match.

In the other Group A match Staunton and Corse beat Lydbrook 2-0.

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