12:16pm Monday 19th August 2013
SALE were unfortunate in having to play into some torrential rain for two-thirds of this match, but neither side gained much advantage in the opening 10 minutes as the weather caused some poor handling and passing by both sides.
Lydney had an early chance of points on six minutes but Brett Turner’s kick went wide of the mark.
The visitors were caught offside in their own half and Sale opted for territory and secured a line out 10 metres from the Lydney line but the initial opportunity came to nothing.
The hosts maintained the pressure and the Gloucestershire side survived a Sale chargedown on their clearance kick as the ball ricocheted off a Sale player to bounce over the dead ball line.
It remained hard work for both sides to create any cohesive rugby and it wasn’t until the 23rd minute that Lydney gained the first points when Turner kicked a penalty after Sale were offside in their own 22.
Lydney extended their lead with a second Turner penalty just before the first break, but the weather continued to impact on much of the play from both sides.
Sale started strongly in the second period taking play into the Lydney 22 but once again poor handling let the home side down. The visitors were gradually beginning to gain the ascendancy and in the 47th minute solid work from the Lydney pack brought them back into the Sale 22 and the move was finished off by scrum half Sam Arnott with a try.
Turner added the conversion to put the visitors 13-0 ahead and now there was a clear advantage.
Sale continued to work hard but Turner notched a third penalty just before the hour mark, and added a fourth with fifteen minutes remaining to complete the scoring and round off a satisfactory day for the visitors.
Although a disappointing result for Sale it was a useful test for the squad with a dozen players making their Heywood Road debut, in advance of the first league game of the season on September 7.
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