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Mens 1st XI 2 Somerset Gryphons 2 Saturday, February 23, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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10 men Lansdown travelled to Somerset Gryphons with what was a severely depleted side, again! Lansdown gave first team debuts to Dave Hewitt-Stubbs and Joey Durgon. Even with ten men Lansdown showed great spirit and opened the scoring with Ant Thompson putting away a penalty flick. The Gryphons then fought back and equalised when they scored from a hit at a short corner. Lansdown contested the goal claiming the ball had been struck from outside the D with goalkeeper George Lampkin even allowing the ball to roll between his legs, however the umpire had made his decision and the goal stood. Half time came and the score was 1-1 with Lansdown showing enough to think that even with ten men they could force a win. In the early moments of the second half the excellent Ant Thompson restored the lead when he beat the keeper with a diving strike. The Gryphons then fought back again and equalised from a short corner when a shot rebounded of keeper George Lampkin and the ball was slotted away in the follow up. In a chaotic final five minutes 3 yellow cards were shown for dissent (two to the Gryphons and one to Lansdown) and both sides had chances with Joey Durgon nearly snatching a winner. However the final whistle came and the score was two all. Considering Lansdown started the game with ten men they will be particularly happy with the result. However on a negative note several players will really have to look at their discipline, as at times it fell well below the acceptable standard. Man of the match went to Ant Thompson.

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