Mens 2nd XI 2 Bridgend A 2 Sunday, February 3, 2008Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
Lansdown put up another spirited display against third placed Bridgend. We conceded an early goal against the run of play but did not let this affect our confidence. The return of Darren Ashenhurst bolstered Lansdown’s midfield and defence and debutant Sam Bailey added greater threat going forward. Sam scored the equaliser following a strong run down the left flank and then coolly nicking the ball past the advancing keeper. A rousing half time team talk from Captain Niall Hyndman saw us start the second half strongly and we took the lead from a powerful Ian Matthews short corner strike. We created further chances with John Thompson and Pete Holdaway linking well up front and forcing several short corners. Niall made an outstanding save from a powerful shot which left if in a lot of pain and slowed him down for their fortuitous equaliser. We conceded cruelly from our attacking long corner. Their defence cleared the ball and an unlucky deflection put in their fast running forward one on one with Niall from our 25 yard line, Lansdown’s defence having gone AWOL and he coolly rounded Niall to put the ball into an empty net. Lansdown were then on the back foot, made worse when Mark Williams could take no further part having received a vicious blow from Dave Holdaway’s free hit! The last quarter was played with ten men and the defence of Paul Williams, Dan Caudle, Mark Evetts and Darren Ashenhurst marked tightly and tackled hard to hold out for the draw. Sam Bailey was voted Man Of the Match.