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Lydney cannot afford to be sloppy at Newton Abbott

By lauracfell  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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FLANKER Matt Taylor is confident the Lydney pack can stand up to whatever Newton Abbot - and the conditions- throw at them.

But approach the game with the same mental attitude as they did in the 32-21 victory over Old Centralians before Christmas, and the Severnsiders could be upset by the National Three mid-table Devonshire outfit.

Taylor (above) was “embarrassed” watching Lydney play Cents before Christmas sidelined with a calf injury, but vows the sloppy mental attitude was the only error the Severnsiders made.

And too often Lydney have failed to start games with the same energy they finish them with.

The 29-year-old said: “We need to take that mental attitude and change it.

“That was our only error in the Cents game - I don’t think our set plays or moves need to be addressed and we won’t be changing our gameplan.

“We ask ourselves to start strongly, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. This will be one of our longest coach trips, so we have to be ready.

“We are expecting a big game at Newton Abbot, and expecting the conditions we play in will have a big impact.

“But I have confidence in our game and in our forwards - we have a dominant pack, so the conditions won’t disadvantage us too much.

“We know Newton are capable of beating sides in this league - they have won seven games from 14. We are expecting a lot from them.”

Previously injury-stricken, Cents are now back to full strength giving head coach Duncan Bell a wealth of talent to select from.

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