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Mens 2nd XI 2 Gloucester B 1 Sunday, October 7, 2007

Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
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Lansdown recorded their third straight win in Severn Division against local rivals Gloucester. Lansdown were forced into several changes and started slowly being put under great pressure during the first quarter. However superb marking and tackling particularly from Tim Postlethwaite and Paul Williams kept Gloucester out and Keeper Niall Hyndman made several good saves from short corners.Lansdown gradually came more and more into the game with their experienced midfielders Ian Matthews, Dave Holdaway and Mark Williams starting to dominate and link up with the forwards. In addition sixteen year old Dan Caudle and Dave Hewitt-Stubbs came into the match bolstering Lansdown’s attacking play and showing some silky skills. Lansdown were reduced to 10 men when a yellow card was shown but this just seened to spurr the team on further. Whilst down to 10 men Lansdown forced several short corners with Pete Holdaway and Chris Hooper linking well up front .From one of these Pete Holdaway opened the scoring, lifting the ball well over the keeper following up a rebound from an Ian Matthew’s  strike. Lansdown then added a second through a superb finish from Dave Holdaway. Ian Matthews quick pass from a free hit found Holdaway who drove into the circle and a well struck shot from just inside the area ,on the angle,beat the keeper,on his far post. 
The second half started with Lansdown pressing for a third and a great save from the keeper denied Nick Fairburn. Several good openings were wasted and then Gloucester fought back scoring an opportunists goal, forcing in the rebound off Hyndman’s pads. Paul Williams made a great goal line save from a short corner and Lansdown held on for the points, ending the match in Gloucester’s D.

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