Mens 1st XI 3 Gloucester A 3 Monday, October 8, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown first team entertained local rivals Gloucester in the third game of the season. A Lansdown team missing a few first team regulars gave a debut to Johny Simpkins and were grateful to Sid Ellis for stepping up from the second team. Lansdown started well and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed. The game continued with both sides having periods of possession without really troubling either keeper. This was until Gloucester opened the scoring from a short corner when George Lampkin saved well only for the ball to bounce out to a Gloucester striker who made no mistake in giving Gloucester the lead. Lansdown managed to bounce back with an equalizing goal, when Ant Thompson picked up a long ball and forced a save from the Gloucester keeper only for Andy Allen to react first and slot the ball into the back of the net. Lansdown then took the lead when Ant Thompson scored from close range. In a see saw contest Gloucester drew level with a slick short corner routine leaving the Lansdown defense helpless. Gloucester then regained the lead when a break down in the Lansdown marking allowed a Gloucester player to collect the ball at the top of the D and finish well. Lansdown saved the best goal for last when Sam Bailey finished superbly sweeping a cross home from the top of the D. In the closing moments of the game Gloucester had two players sin binned but Lansdown were unable to capitalize and in fact it was Gloucester who went close to winning the game with a short corner in the last play of the game. Man of the match went to Sam Bailey.