Mens 1st XI 3 Bath Buccs C 1 Saturday, September 22, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
We started the season with an encouraging victory over a strong Bath Buccs side. The starting line-up included Jon Weir and Sam Bailey who both made their debuts for the first team and Stu Skinner who made his return from Injury. The first half was keenly fought with both sides enjoying periods of possession with the Bath keeper denying Ant Thompson on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately it was Bath who managed to convert one of their chances with a shot deflecting off Lance Worth’s stick leaving George Lapkin no chance in goal. Half time came and we were unlucky to be 1-0 down. The second half of the game started with us taking control and when Ant Thompson was put clean through on goal by Andy Allen (I think?) he made no mistake in equalizing. With our midfield starting to control the game Jon Weir who was excellent on debut put Andy Allen through on goal, who then committed the opposition keeper and slipped the ball sideways to Ant Thompson who scored to give us a 2-1 lead. This seemed to spur Bath Buccs into action and they pressed forward, pushing us right back into our own D. During this period the whole team was guilty of giving the ball away far to easily. However with a combination of valiant defending and poor finishing by the Bath forwards we managed to survive without conceding. With five minutes left we managed to kill the game off with Stu Skinner picking up scrappy ball from a sort corner and rifling the ball into the top corner (that’s a fiver you owe me!). In reflection we were good value for our 3 points, but will need to concentrate on the old favorites of protecting the ball and not committing yourself to a tackle, if were going to challenge for the higher places in the league this year.