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Mens 2nd XI 1 Wotton 1 Sunday, January 28, 2007

Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
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Lansdown retained second place in Gerrards League Severn Division with a more than deserved draw against third placed Wotton. Earlier in the season Lansdown had lost heavily at home to their opponents, but have since shown they are a much improved and more competitive side, well led by Captain Andy Allen. Lansdown worked as a team and tackled hard throughout the match, not allowing Wotton to settle into their passing game. Lansdown were unlucky not to take the lead hitting the post twice through Ian Matthews and the ever powerful Jon Thompson, who both also forced several good saves out of the keeper. Unfortunately having failed to make their superior short corner count, Lansdown conceded from a short.

Lansdown fought back strongly in the second half and thought they had equalised following Jon Thompson’s solo break away where he muscled the defender out of the way and clinically placed the ball past the keeper. The umpire awarded the goal only for the other umpire to intervene as Thompson was ajudged to have fouled the defender. This spurred Lansdown on and the equaliser came from a short when Dave Holdaway slipped the ball to Andy Allen who scored from close range. Lansdown defended really well against a skillful attack with Dave Jones, Rich Fear, Sid Ellis and Tim Postlethwaite marking tightly and tackling hard. Dave Jones was in inspired form often initiating Lansdown’s attacking play and linked well with the midfield. Keeper Ace Cupper had few saves to make such was the strength of the defence.

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