Cinderford Town take bragging rights with friendly defeat over local rivals Lydney

By Liam Ryder in Football

Lydney Town..........1

Cinderford Town.....3

THE battle between the Forest’s top two sides ended in what looked like an emphatic friendly victory for the Dean’s Southern League side.

But Lydney battled hard throughout and the scoreline was harsh on the Hellenic League hosts.

The home side even took the lead after 24 minutes, when Cinderford’s back three failed to clear and the ball fell to striker Pat Gibbs, who lashed home at the near post.

Former Lydney forward Declan Morley-Lyne, making his first appearance in a Cinderford shirt, headed a smart cross straight at home keeper Rich Thomas after 12 minutes, before Lydney’s Jack Rutter screwed a shot well wide at the other end.

Cameron Clarke was forced to push away a Rutter free-kick on 17 minutes before Lydney took the lead.

Cinderford responded well, with Lewis Thompson forcing a good save from Thomas on 30 minutes, while Morley-Lyne tested his former teammate from 30 yards four minutes later.

Lewis Bamford, who had been on loan at Lydney from Cinderford last year, equalised on 39 minutes after he was put through by a great ball from Morley-Lyne.

He outpaced the backline before delaying a shot past the onrushing Thomas, who went to ground, but Bamford eventually finished coolly under the diving head of James Morse.

A rash of changes made by Cinderford manager Paul Michael saw a hugely different side take the field at half-time, and the disruption saw Lydney edge back into the game as captain Jamie Addis blazed over after neat build-up play 50 minutes in.

Morley-Lyne volleyed well over with venom after a neat flick by Sam Hicks, before Lydney’s Tom Maxted thundered a shot against the bar on 70 minutes.

A five minute period settled the friendly, as Liam Angel netted on 77 minutes after Craig Norman headed down a teasing cross from Blaine Waugh.

Three minutes later, Ben Hands finished emphatically after Bamford led a counter-attack to kill the game.

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