Lydney Town made an impressive start to the game that saw them take the lead on 15 minutes. Adam Price (pictured) repaid his manager’s faith in putting him upfront when he rose to head home a corner. Danny Clarke, on his return to the club made inroads down the flank and Lydney were in control.
They increased the lead on the half hour with a superb goal. New signing James Morse received the ball fifteen yards out, turned and smashed home a volley from an acute angle. Lydney should have had a third five minutes later but young Price missed a gilt-edged chance when clean through. Clanfield took full advantage by reducing the arrears five minutes before half time. Sam Elliott was judged to have brought his man down in the box and Clanfield netted from the penalty.
After finishing the half on top, the home side penned Lydney in their own half for the first twenty minutes of the second half and Richard Thomas pulled off a brilliant stop to prevent an equaliser. Clanfield refused to be denied and duly levelled on 70 minutes. Instead of pressing on they let Lydney back into the game but chance after chance went begging and the match ended all square.
Lydney Manager Neil Hook said:
I thought we made enough chances to have won but after being hammered 4-0 in the fixture last season I’m pleased to come away with a point at least. I thought the club’s new signings all did well even though Steve Jones suffered a knock near the end. James Morse took his goal really well and Dan Giddings looked comfortable on the ball.