Mens 2nd XI 3 Cardiff & UWIC 2 Sunday, March 9, 2008Posted by mrfolds in Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
At last a thoroughly deserved win and what may prove a vital three points. Lansdown were well prepared and really up for the match, which has not always been the case this season. We started strongly and took the match to Cardiff with Dave Holdaway, Ian Matthews, James Mears & Andy Allen dominating the midfield. First half goals came through two flowing attacks from midfield with sharp finishes from John Thompson and Ian Matthews, both beating the advancing keeper from distance. The defence was also in much sharper mood than recently, with Sid Ellis marshalling confidently and clearing the ball well from 16’s. Mark Evetts and the ever reliable Dan Caudle marked tightly and tackled strongly. Pete Holdaway and Ace Cupper came on and also did a disciplined defensive job.When the opposition did create scoring opportunities Captain and MAN OF THE MATCH Niall Hyndman was in inspired form pulling off some great saves.
We added a third early in the second half when Dave Holdaway beat several players along the back line, from a long corner, to set up Dave Postlethwaite for a close range tap in. Unfortunately we failed to add a fourth from several goal mouth scrambles and then allowed the opposition back into the match, when poor tackling gave them the scoring chance. Fortunately they failed to convert a Penalty stroke, hitting the bar and scored their second three minutes from time. The previous match against them we conceded with the last hit to draw but this time we held our nerve and did not allow another opportunity.