Mens 1st XI 0 West Wilts 2 Saturday, March 1, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
A Lansdown team welcoming back many of its first team regulars had a setback in their battle to avoid relegation, when they lost two nil at home to a promotion chasing West Wilts side. West Wilts scored both their goals in the first half. The first was scored when the ball deflected into the air and unfortunately for Lansdown fell to a West Wilts player at the back post who volleyed the opening goal. The second was scored when another ricochet fell to a West Wilts player at the top of the D who smashed the ball into the top corner. Keeper George Lampkin did exceptionally well to get a half a glove on the shot but their was too much power for him to be able to keep it out. However there are many positives that can be taken from the Lansdown performance. In the reverse fixture earlier on in the season Lansdown won one nil relying on a combination of counter attack hockey and solid defending. Today the Lansdown side took the West Wilts side on playing a higher quality passing game and managed to manufacturer a number of chances and give a highly placed side a lot of problems. For Lansdown to be truly competitive in this league they are going to have to play this style of hockey and it may be a case that they have to take one step backwards to take two steps forwards.