Mens 2nd XI 2 Cardiff Medics 2 Sunday, March 25, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
The seconds rounded off their league programme with a fine team performance against opponents who are likely to be promoted and to whom we had lost at home. We matched them in every department and whilst a draw was a fair result we had the better scoring opportunities.
We took a first half lead through Player of the Season Andy Allen following good work by Mark Williams to create the chance. We could have been further ahead, Dave Holdaway hitting the post and Ian Matthews having a short corner strike excellently saved by the keeper. Our defence was outstanding all match with Paul Vickers, Sid Ellis, Rich Fear and Lance Worth marking tightly and tackling well. Unfortunately we conceded a harsh penalty flick for a rash tackle ( not a defender!) and this was well converted. We showed great team spirit to fight back but could not convert some good scoring opportunities. Nick Lampkin appeared to be taken out when in on goal but nothing was given. It was then very hard on us to go behind to a well struck short corner. We again showed our fighting spirit to snatch an equaliser five minutes from time. Ian Matthew’s fine through ball found Mark Williams rampaging down the right flank and he found Captain Marvel who cooly scored with a trademark lob over the keeper. This was Andy’s seventeenth goal of the season, two behind top scorer Jon Thompson. We finished fifth in the league just a couple of wins off promotion.