Mens 1st XI 3 Cheltenham A 2 Sunday, January 13, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown first XI resumed after the Christmas break with a promising victory at home against local rivals Cheltenham. Keen to avenge an early season loss in the reverse fixture, Lansdown started well and took control of the game and were unlucky not to go one up when Nick Lampkin hit the post. Lansdown kept the pressure on Cheltenham, and kept hold of the ball encouragingly well. The pressure eventually turned into a goal when Si Trower drove forwards into the right half of the Cheltenham D and crossed the ball for Nick Lampkin to shoot, when the keeper saved Andy Allen was on hand to put away the rebound. Against the run of play Cheltenham equalised when on the counter attack a Cheltenham player ‘bundled’ through Stu Skinner and then showed great composure rounding George Lampkin and finishing from a tight angle. The first half came to a close with Lansdown unlucky not to be in front. The second half started with Cheltenham raising their intensity, and they took the lead when the Lansdown defence seemed to have a Cheltenham attack under control; however a Cheltenham midfielder spectacularly reversed from the edge of the D, to leave George Lampkin with no chance. This goal spurred the Lansdown team on and Nick Lampkin equalised from a short corner when he beat a player and fired home the equaliser. What proved to be the winning goal was scored by Ned Lack when Nick Lampkin found him unmarked at the back post and Ned Lack made no mistake when he slotted the ball between the keeper’s legs. The game finished with Lansdown picking up three well deserved points. Special mention must go to newly paired midfield duo, Andy Buckmaster and Paul Vickers who were outstanding in the middle of the park and laid the foundations for the victory.