Mens 1st XI 4 Cardiff & UWIC A 3 Monday, December 3, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown 1st XI traveled to Cardiff to play a highly placed UWIC side at an extremely impressive facility at Sophia Gardens, with seating for about three hundred spectators. Lansdown 1st XI were able to continue their fine run of form with a third successive victory in front of about 2 spectators. The game started with Lansdown taking the lead when Ant Thompson finished from close range. The flow of the game then shifted in favor of an athletic UWIC side who scored the next three goals before and just after the half time break. All three goals were scored when Lansdown defenders surrendered possession in their own 25. Lansdown did not give up and managed to pull one back, when Ned Lack arrived late at the back post and converted an Ant Thompson cross. This seemed to rattle a young UWIC side, who thought the game was dead and buried. Lansdown continued their fightback with Si Trower and Andy Buckmaster starting to have more influence on the game in the center of midfield. This control allowed Stu Skinner to bring Lansdown level from another Ant Thompson cross. The weather then made a contribution to the afternoons proceedings, when rain turned into hail and the game was stopped for five minutes and all players made use of the grandstand at the side of the pitch. There was ten minutes left after the break and UWIC pushed everyone forward in search of a winner. The Lansdown defense managed to stand firm and released Ant Thompson who was left completely alone in the UWIC half of the pitch. Ant then rounded the keeper and scored what proved to be the winning goal. Man of the match went to Ant Thompson.