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Mens 1st XI 2 Cirencester 3 Saturday, October 20, 2007

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown entertained newcomers to the league Cirencester. A practically full strength Lansdown side lined up hoping to take all three points from the encounter. The game started well when Ant Thompson tackled a Cirencester defender and then beat their goalie to open the scoring, in the first minute of the game. Lansdown were then guilty of dropping the intensity and Cirencester equalized from a well struck short corner. Of the two sides Lansdown were probably better value for a lead at half time after shading the possession and territory but had to settle for level pegging. The second half started and it was Cirencester who against the run of play converted a short corner with another well struck hit. Both Lansdown postmen will feel aggrieved that they didn’t stop either of the opening Cirencester goals. Lansdown then took the game to Cirencester and really should have taken the game away from their opponents with all the possession held in the Cirencester half. Lansdown eventually equalized when a Cirencester defender was caught in possession and Andy Allen scored after combining well with Stuart Skinner. With ten minutes to go Lansdown had Johny Simpkins sin binned and this proved to be a pivotal moment, as the flow of the game changed. Eventually Cirencester won their third short corner of the game and kept up their 100% success rate, converting to score what proved to be the winning goal. Lansdown will see this game as an opportunity to secure points wasted, but full credit must go to Cirencester who fought hard and converted the chances they had. Many thanks must go out to the supporters who turned up to cheer us on. Man of the match was Andy Allen.

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