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Mens 1st XI 2 UWIC 4 Saturday, March 3, 2007

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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The men’s first team travelled to Cardiff to play university side UWIC. The first twenty minutes of the game were a complete disaster, with us going three goals down against a mobile UWIC side. A combination of giving the ball away in defensive positions and diving into tackles caused our midfield to be completely overrun and UWIC took full advantage. A tactical change to bolster the midfield allowed us to come back into the game. After some creative play down the right between Ant Thompson and Joe Hanks the ball came to Nick Lampkin who scored one of our best team goals of the season. Half time came and we took a much needed opportunity to address the problems we were having. Another tactical change was made, when Lance Worth was given a free role to try and contain the UWIC players who were breaking through midfield. The start of the second half was a marked improvement on the first with us sharing possession with our opponents. A great pick from Nick Lampkin and an even better strike of the ball found Ant Thompson unmarked on the edge of the D, where he would have rounded the keeper had he not been brought down. A penalty flick was given which Ant Thompson put away to make the score 3-2. With time running out and UWIC controlling the game we tried to dribble out of defense and paid the price when a tackle was made and two passes later the ball was in the back of our net. Even with this result if North Bristol fails to win away to league leaders UWE, our survival in North Division 1 will be confirmed for another season.

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