Mens 2nd XI 5 Llanishen & Caerphilly 3 Sunday, March 11, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
The seconds got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory against a strong side battling to avoid relegation. We started well taking an early lead through a powerful Ian Matthews short corner strike but were unable to capitalise further spurning several good scoring opportunities. The opposition then struck back with a powerful short corner strike and a really well taken reverse stick strike from a narrow angle, for a half time lead. We raised our game in the second half and started to pass the ball around, keeping possesion much better and using the whole pitch. With several changes in the side from recent weeks it seemed to take us a half to gel. The midfield of Darren Ashenhurst, Dave Holdaway, Ian Matthews and Mark Williams linked well and kept Andy Allen & Jon Thompson well supplied, to take the game to the opposition. Mark Williams superbly deflected in Stuart Skinner’s free hit from just outside the circle and Andy Allen slotted home a short corner rebound off the keepers pads. A move that started in defence saw Dave Holdaway put Mark Williams away down the right, just in the opponents half and his powerful run and cross was well converted by top scorer Jon Thompson to give us a 4 – 2 lead. The defence held firm during the second half, well marshalled by Stuart Skinner and it was not until two minutes from time that they scored their third from another short corner strike. We still had time to go down the other end and score our fifth through Darren Ashhenhurst’s tap in. This result means we will at least finish fifth in the league, a great improvement from last season when we finished second bottom. Many thanks to Carolyn Rolleston for umpiring at short notice.