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Lydney continue National Three dominance with 35-17 win over Worcester

By lauracfell  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

Dewi Scourfield

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LYDNEY made sure they were in no danger of suffering a promotion hangover at Worcester as they sank their hosts 35-17.

After securing promotion last week with an empathic 71-17 win over Chippenham, Lydney had to be mentally ready for their next National Three fixture away at Sixways.

The Severnsiders scored five tries, with bulldozing wing Josh Hannam crossing the whitewash three tries.

Lydney opened the scoring as Hannam created space in the Worcester 22 and stormed down a great line to crash over in the 11th minute.

O'Connell added the extras and Lydney had a 7-0 advantage.

Scrum-half Sam Arnott smashed his way through a scrambled Worcester defence to claim Lydney's second try in the 23rd minute, and O'Connell kicked another simple conversion cleanly.

Lydney were in the ascendency and ten minutes later Hannam claimed his second converted try, as a mazy run fooled the covering tacklers.

A 21-0 advantage at the break would have been the perfect way to put the game to bed, but Worcester had other ideas.

Replacement Ollie Horton went over after Worcester secured possession from a line-out, and the conversion was kicked well by Tom Biggs.

And in the dying moments, Kieran Morris had a super run-in from halfway and no one could catch him. He dived over and the angled conversion sailed over to put Worcester right back in it at 21-14 at the break.

They narrowed that deficit in the second half, as replacement winger Tai Lacabuka was binned and Biggs split the posts with the resulting penalty.

Dogged defence and squandered chances in attack governed the next 20 minutes, before Lydney were awarded a penalty try for a late tackle in the 72nd minute.

And in the dying minutes, Hannam crashed over for this third and Lydney's fifth, killing Worcester's hopes of a losing bonus point in the process.

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