Mens 2nd XI 4 Cardiff & UWIC B 4 Saturday, November 24, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
A much improved performance away from home against a good side, above us in the league. Niall lost the toss and we were forced to play uphill into driving rain. It quickly got worse as we found ourselves 2 – 0 down, with several changes in personnel it took awhile for us to gel and we had to dig deep and use our fighting spirit to get back into the match. The experienced midfielders Ian Matthews, Dave Holdaway and Mark Williams ( back together for the first time in a long while upped their game and we started to look threatening. Tony Moule made some excellent runs and was a real handful, scoring our first and creating some good opportunities. The second half saw us right back in the match, as the rain stopped and we played downhill. Ian Matthews scored from a powerful short corner strike to equalise. Cardiff then went ahead again, although we defended well all match with Paul Williams, Mark Evetts and Tim Postlethwaite tackling and marking tightly. Williams made one excellent goal line save and clearance.Cardiff attacked quickly and were extremely skillful. Niall Hyndman had an outstanding match in goal and made two topclass saves when it looked certain for them to score. We equalised again when a free hit outside the D was well struck by Ian Matthews to find Dave Holdaway’s superb run and deflection passed the keeper. Then with 5 minutes left it looked like we had nicked the points through Tony Moule’s excellent solo run, out pacing the defence and coolly finishing. Unfortunately despite taking the ball into the attacking corner to run down the clock, we carelessly allowed Cardiff one last attack which resulted in a harsh short corner. So with the last shot of the match Cardiff equalised. What a xxxer!