Mens 1st XI 1 West Wilts 0 Monday, November 19, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown stopped their recent run of bad results with a hard fought win away at West Wilts. West Wilts spent the game dominating territory and possession with Lansdown generating most of their chances through counter attacking hockey. West Wilts started the game brightly and pushed many of their players forward in search of an opening goal. However it was Lansdown who took the lead when a West Wilts defender was tackled outside his own D, Stu Skinner then found Ant Thompson who put the ball into an empty net. The second half started with West Wilts committing even more players forward in search of an equaliser. West Wilts started to dominate and Lansdown had to stand firm in the face of wave after wave of attack, with George Lampkin making a number of key saves. Lansdown were at times their own worst enemy when the possession they had fought so hard to gain was given away far to easily. This was due to either poor passing or decision making. With West Wilts pushing so many players forward it left them exposed at the back and Lansdown had a number of opportunities to finish the game off but were unable to convert any of them. The final whistle went and Lansdown had held on. It is impossible to single out players in what was a fantastic team effort but special thanks must go to Stu Skinner and Ned Lack who had played whilst carrying injuries. Man of the match was Lance Worth.