Mens 1st XI 0 Gloucester A 2 Saturday, January 19, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown’s run of five wins in a row came to an end when they travelled to play table toppers Gloucester A. The game started well for Lansdown with the Lansdown forwards pressuring the Gloucester defence. Several half chances were created, unfortunately none of these chances were converted. Gloucester then took the lead when possession was surrendered in a defensive position and the ball was moved quickly to find a Gloucester player wide open at the top of the D who blasted the ball into the bottom corner. This goal seemed to give Gloucester confidence and they started to control the game, particularly in midfield where they seemed to always have a spare man available for an easy pass. Gloucester then stretched their lead, when scrappy ball fell to a Gloucester player in the D and he hit the ball into the top corner. Half time came and after a promising start Lansdown had conceded two goals. The second half started with a marked improvement, this was due to Lansdown having more of a say in the middle of the park. Both sides had periods of possession in the oppositions 25 and Lansdown were grateful to George Lampkin for making a number of saves. Lansdown had a ten minute spell when they were camped in the Gloucester D, when the ball hit the bar and the post and a goal was disallowed, it seemed like one of those days where the ball just wouldn’t go in. Gloucester also generated chances and Lance Worth made a spectacular diving save on his own line to keep Lansdown in the game. The game finished with Gloucester deserving their three points. Lansdown will look back on this performance thinking that if several key moments had gone differently, it could have been a completely different outcome. Man of the match was George Lampkin.