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A below-par performance by Park was still good enough to wrest maximum points and go second in the table. Lydney, battling against relegation, fought every inch of the way and will probably feel unlucky to return to the Forest of Dean with nothing. For the firstfew minutes it looked as if the visitors might be on the receiving end of a thrashing. After only 3 minutes Graham Barr scampered unmolested through the heart of the Lydney defence to touch down, Gosling converting for 7-0, followed by similar runs from Roy Turner and Billy O’Driscoll that almost bore fruit. A good move saw scrumhalf Barr bundled into touch close to the left flag. Somehow Lydney held out and gradually, helped by a strong breeze and some unforced errors by the home side, began to secure a good share of the possession. Two long distance penalties, conceded by Park in rapid succession, saw Lydney kicker Mark Davies put them either side of the posts. Despite a fair share of the ball, Lydney were not achieving much beyond making things difficult for Park when the home defence had the sort of lapse that has rarely afflicted them this season. Visiting centre Craig Jones skipped through several poor attempts to tackle him to touch down. The conversion attempt was wide leaving it at 7-5. If that wasn’t enough of a wake up call, the alarm bells were really ringing 3 minutes later. A Lydney attack up the right appeared well covered when a cross-field kick of pinpoint accuracy caught the defence short handed. The recipient was tackled, but full-back Tony Wicks was in support and able to run unchallenged under the posts. Davies’ conversion made it 12-7.

The sort of afternoon Park were having was encapsulated almost straight from kick off. A kick deep into Park territory was fielded by two defenders under no pressure, but who contrived between them to knock it on and gift Lydney an attacking scrummage. However, Park heeded the warnings and launched a massive attack on the visitors’ line. Twice Lydney were forced to concede penalties which were kicked to touch to keep up the pressure. On the third occasion the referee was always going to yellow-card someone and lock Paul Kiely was the recipient. Park again drove at the defence, were held up again until releasing to flanker Morgan Jones who got over, Gosling’s conversion making it 14-12 Re-starting against reduced numbers, and now with the wind, Park were favourites to stretch their lead and collar the bonus point. Lydney proved surprisingly resilient but could not halt the inevitable with two tries from skipper Rob Jewell for Park, Gosling converting the first and Barr the second. These were punctuated by Roy Turner almost scoring but being bundled into touch close to the flag. This was far from the purring engine that Park supporters have become accustomed to – indeed at times they distinctly spluttered – but it least brought home the bacon.

However, there was a final twist. Something clearly happened to provoke the red mists coming over Park prop Dan Frazier. Whatever it was that provoked him, his retaliation left the referee with little alternative but to send him to the bin. Lydney saw the glimmer of a chance and put on the pressure. Awarded a penalty close to the line, they opted to scrummage forcing Park to withdraw Martin Anayi to bring Luke Charlton into the front row. Against a short-handed pack, number 8 Will Jones got over to make it 28-17. In the very last moment of an extended injury time, Lydney tried a repeat of the move that brought their second try; the target player had only one defender to beat but could not make the catch. Had he held it and scored, his side would have had 2 points (one for scoring 4 tries and one for losing by less than 7). Instead they came away with nothing. If Park are finding it tough at the top, it’s even tougher at the bottom.

Rosslyn Park: R Jackson; Roche (Pedder), O’Driscoll, Jewell, Turner;

Gosling (Evans); Barr; Huggett, Tauialo (Blemings), Frasier; Harris

(Underwood), Forster; Jones, Anayi (Charlton, safety), Gates.

Park scorers: Barr (T, C), Jones (T), Jewell (2T), Gosling (3C).

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