Mens 1st XI 3 Leominster 2 Monday, March 12, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
We travelled north to play a Leominster side that were desperate for 3 points to ensure they avoided relegation. The Leominster side were clearly up for the game and started brightly. They were rewarded for their good start when a shot from a short corner wasn’t cleared properly, and a forward following in flicked the ball into the net for a one goal lead. This goal seemed to wake us up and we pressed forward in search of an equaliser. Following a good spell of possession the ball found its way to Ant ‘Cougar’ Thompson with his back to goal, he then beat his marker and slid the ball past the goalkeeper for the equalising goal. From this point we grew in confidence and moved the ball around well, or as well as we could do on a pitch which had more sand on it than the Sahara. Against the run of play our defence was caught flat footed by an aerial and following a goal line scuffle, a flick was given when Ben Nichols was adjudged to have used his foot on the line. The flick was taken and saved well by captain George Lampkin. With half time approaching the ball found its way to Joe Hanks at the back post, who showed great composure in flicking the ball over the goalie for a 2-1 lead.
The second half was largely dominated by Leominster, with them dominating territory and with us struggling to get to grips with the pitch. Leominster scored an equalising goal from a well worked short corner routine. Shortly after this we responded with our own short corner goal with Ant Thompson scoring his 12th goal in 5 games to restore our lead. The game then seemed to drift away with no real chances being made by either side; the final score was 3-2. Special mentions must go to Ben Nichols and Tom Moss who played particularly well for us at the back. Although we took 3 points from the game this was a pretty poor performance and we must learn to deal with difficult conditions in the future.