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Mens 1st XI 2 North Bristol 2 Saturday, February 16, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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A severely depleted Lansdown side missing seven first team regulars travelled to North Bristol, to play what could prove to be a very important game in both sides fight for survival. Lansdown gave first team debuts to Seb Courtal and Chris Brunger and welcomed Martin Stevens back into the side. Special thanks should go to the injured Sam Bailey who was our twelfth man. The game started brightly with both sides sharing possession and the centre of midfield being particularly hard fought. It was North Bristol who opened the scoring when a short corner was saved by George Lampkin only for the ball to ricochet out to a North Bristol player who lifted the ball over George into the unguarded goal. Lansdown pressed forwards and Chris Brunger was unlucky not to score on two occasions. Half time came and although Lansdown were a goal down they were positive about the first half performance. The start of the second half saw the positivity turn into goals. The equalizing goal was scored when Andy Buckmaster blasted a free hit into the North Bristol D and Si Trower got a clever deflection, which crept through under the goalies arm. A matter of moments later Lansdown took the lead, when a ball was played to the back post and somewhere amid a mass of bodies and sticks the ball hit the end of Steve Vickery’s stick and rolled into the back of the net. From this point the game stretched out and both sides were guilty of throwing away possession. Eventually North Bristol equalized from a short corner when from scrappy possession they managed to find a player free on the flick spot who made no mistake in scoring. North Bristol were unlucky not to go in front when Steve Vickery managed to save a shot destined for the top corner when he volleyed the ball wide of the post. Lansdown had a few nervous moments at the end of the game when North Bristol had four successive short corners, fortunately George Lampkin saved the fourth one well, and the ball was scrambled clear. This signalled the end of the game, with the players available Lansdown were extremely pleased with their afternoons work, a special mention must go to Seb who had the tough job of playing upfront on his debut, and to his credit he never looked out of his depth and is without doubt an extremely promising player for the future.  Man of the match went to Steve Vickery.

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