Mens 2nd XI 2 Neath 3 Saturday, October 13, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
A disappointing performance and result saw the seconds loose their first match and Neath gain their first points of the season. Lansdown started brightly and looked strong attacking down the right flank with Mark Williams making some penatatrive runs. Dave Jones and Ian Matthews battled hard in midfield to give Lansdown the balance of play. Lansdown opened the scoring when a flowing move saw Andy Allen’s cross met, with perfect timing, by the rampaging Mark Wiliiams for a first time shot past the keeper. Neath equalised only for Lansdown to regain the lead before half time when Dave Jones fine run and shot saw the rebound fall to Andy Allen to slot home. The second half saw Neath come more into the match as Lansdown’s team play deteriorated and they equalised with a superb solo run and finish, one on one with the keeper. Unfortunately the player dribbled past four or five defenders from outside the twenty five. Someone should have put a tackle in ! . Lansdown created several good scoring opportunities but poor finishing and some good goal keeping kept them out. Neath then snatched the points two minutes from time , as a result of a poor Lansdown defensive clearance. A cross was then converted from close range by an attacker who was not marked. Dan Caudle had another impressive performance both defensively and making some dynamic forward runs to set up attacking play. A great disappointment not to take any points when at least a draw would have been a fair result.
Many thanks to Tony Mollart-Ward and Bob Moxom for umpiring.