Mens 2nd XI 4 Cardiff Uni B 4 Saturday, December 1, 2007Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
Another battling performance against a skillful & well drilled side. Lansdown started slowly, in cold driving rain and were quickly 2 – 0 down, it was not looking good. However Ian Matthews & Dave Holdaway, in central midfield raised their game and started to link with the strong forward line of Jon Thompson, Andy Allen & Tony Moule. Lansdown pulled a goal back when Matthews free hit found Dave Holdaway, to score from close range. Jon Thompson then levelled the scores with a powerful short corner strike. Lansdown were back in the game and matched their opponents to half time. Lansdown came close to scoring from several short corners and Niall Hyndman made a number of good saves, at the other end whilst defenders Mark Evetts, Paul Williams and Dan Caudle made some important tackles. Lansdown started the second half strongly and took the lead with a breakaway goal when Andy Allen slipped the ball to Dave Holdaway who scored his second of the match into an empty goal, having run the length of the pitch to support. Lansdown then lost concentration and in particular the defence was guilty of not clearing the ball out to safety. The uni scored two quick, well taken, goals and Lansdown looked out of the game. However we again showed our battling qualities and three minutes from time forced a breakaway short corner. Ian Matthews well struck shot hit a defender’s leg on the line and Andy Allen coolly converted the penalty stroke. Man of the Match was Mark Evetts for his disciplined marking and strong tackling, in defence. Many thanks to Paul Bickell and TP for umpiring in difficult conditions.