Mens 2nd XI 3 Cheltenham B 2 Sunday, September 30, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
Lansdown took the points in a keenly contested match against their local rivals in Severn Division. A scrappy match littered with fouls meant neither side played their best hockey. Lansdown took the lead mid way through the half when debutant Jonny Simpkins came off the bench to finish off a counter attack. Simpkins added greater threat to Lansdown’s attack with his pace and linked well with Chris Hooper & Pete Holdaway to create several scoring opportunities but the young Cheltenham keeper was equal to their efforts pulling off some fine saves. Cheltenham equalised shortly before half time with a flowing counter attack move excellently finished with a reverse stick shot that gave keeper Niall Hyndman no chance.The introduction of Dave Jones into the midfield bolstered Lansdown who took the lead early in the second half when the keeper parried Pete Holdaway’s deflected shot for brother Dave to put the rebound away. Simpkins then scored his second following a strong run and shot by Mark Williams, which the keeper saved but Simpkins was on had to flick the rebound in. Lansdown gave the ball away carelessly in midfield allowing Cheltenham to counter attack and a desperate tackle conceeded a penalty corner. This was excellently converted by Mark Gayler with a powerful flick from the top of the circle. Cheltenham came close to equalising but strong defending particularly from Sid Ellis, Tim Postlethwaite and Mark Evetts kept the lead intact.
Many thanks to Phil Sidey & Paul Bickell for umpiring.