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Mens 1st XI 1 Cirencester 3 Sunday, February 3, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown mens 1st XI travelled to Cirencester and deservedly lost 3-1. Lansdown never managed to settle into a rhythm, struggling to string anymore than 2 or 3 passes together, this can be partly put down to the slow Cirencester pitch but to be honest in possession Lansdown were poor. The first half started with Lansdown creating the first real chance when Lance Worth found Ant Thompson who rounded the keeper and was unfortunate to miss from a tight angle. The first goal was scored by Cirencester when a straight forward hit from a short corner caught Steve Vickery dozing at the back post and the ball flew into the goal. Cirencester were then unlucky not to go two up when a reverse hit the frame of the goal. The second half started in the same manner with Lansdown struggling to gain any quality possession or territory. However it was Lansdown who scored next, when on the break Andy Allen worked the ball down the right side and found Ant Thompson unmarked in front of goal. Cirencester regained the lead from a short corner; they seemed to have lost control of the ball but somehow managed to find a player free who smashed the ball home. The final goal was scored from open play when a Cirencester player managed to drive the ball into the D and slot the ball round keeper George Lampkin. This result leaves Lansdown hovering precariously above the relegation zone and makes next weeks home game against Leominster extremely important.

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