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Mens 2nd XI 4 Whitchurch B 4 Sunday, February 10, 2008

Posted by mrfolds in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
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Lansdown travelled to Whitchurch with only 10 men, due to late call offs! and the omens did not look good having already suffered a home defeat. However a great allround team performance and battling attitude saw us return with a well deserved point. The Midfield of Dave Holdaway, Chris Hooper, Mark Williams and Dave Hewitt-Stubbs put in the extra effort to compensate for the missing player. Lansdown scored first when Dave Holdaway broke away and slipped the ball left passed the final defender for Dave Hewitt-Stubbs cool finish nicking the ball around the advancing keeper. Whitchurch equalised and Niall produced several top class saves before we took the lead with a breakaway goal with Mark Williams setting up Pete Holdaway to strike the ball home. The second half saw Lansdown more on the defensive and despite some good tackling and marking from Dan Caudle, Sid Ellis, Tim Postlethwaite and Paul Williams they equalised from a defensive mistake. Lansdown then scored the team goal of the season, so far, TP took a quick sixteen short to Dave Holdaway then a series of quick interpassing down the left found Holdaway cross the ball to Mark Williams who neatly set up Pete Holdaway to score his second with a well struck shot. Whitchurch then took the lead in controversial circumstances scoring from a free hit just outside the circle when their player was not 5 metres away from the hit. Lansdown were guilty of just letting them play, expecting the whistle to blow but after a lengthy umpies consultation the goal stood. This really fired us up and we took the game to Whitchurch and equalised when Dave Holdaway’s solo run and shot from the edge of the circle found the far corner of the goal.  Pete Holdaway was voted Man of the Match and Dave Hewitt-Stubbs had an outstanding match, showing great promise for the future.

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