Mens 1st XI 2 Team Bath Buccs C 1 Monday, December 10, 2007Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown mens first eleven continued their impressive run of results with an away in Bath making it four wins out of four. The day started badly when Lansdown lost Sam Bailey before the game had even started, when he suffered a recurrence of a hip injury. The game started well for Lansdown when Stu Toon won a short corner. From the resulting short corner Si Trower scored to give Lansdown an early lead. The remainder of the first half was controlled by Lansdown who at times moved the ball well. However Lansdown were unable to convert this pressure into goals and it was 1-0 at half time. Bath Buccs lifted their game in the second half and controlled the game with the Lansdown passing game falling to pieces. Lansdown let in an equaliser when a free hit was conceeded in their own twenty five, the free hit was taken quickly and found a Bath Buccs player wide open at the top of the D and he fired the ball into the top corner. Bath Buccs continued applying pressure to the Lansdown defence but were unable to capitalise on this pressure. In the dying moments of the game Si Trower received a pass at the top of the Bath Buccs D and dribbled the ball forwards only to be stick tackled. Much to the dismay of the Bath Buccs players a penalty flick was awarded. Ant Thompson made no mistake in scoring what proved to be the winning goal. Although this was not one of the best Lansdown performances heart can be taken from the last four wins, which have seen Lansdown rise out of the relegation zone into a position only four points behind second place. Man of the match was awarded to Si Trower.
For those interested Ned Lack has posted about 50 photos taken during the game on his facebook profile.