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Mens 1st XI 9 West Wilts A 0 Saturday, October 18, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown bounced back from two poor performances with a convincing nine goal victory against bottom of the table West Wilts A. It must be said that the opposition were poor, however withstanding this point it was still an improved performance with the midfield dominating the game. The first goal was scored my James Davies with a reverse hit finish. Ben Snape then doubled the lead before Andy Buckmaster made it three with a clever individual run from the edge of the D before he slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Jack Harbour made it four at half time when he smashed the ball into the top corner after a powerful run from the left.

The second half started with Lansdown keen to maintain the pressure on the opposition, and extend their lead. Jack Harbour then completed his hattrick with two goals in quick succession from short corners. Si Trower continued his fine goal scoring run, when he played a neat one two off the post before scoring Lansdown’s seventh goal. The West Wilts keeper then saved a Lansdown effort only for the ball to rebound to Ben Snape who slotted away the eighth of the game. Andy Buckmaster scored the last goal of the day after a Lansdown counter attack and an unselfish pass from Jack Harbour. On a day when nine goals are scored it is easy to focus on the attack, but it should be noted that there was also some fine defensive play led by the evergreen Lance Worth which ensured Lansdown kept their second home clean sheet in three games.

There was however some negative points for Lansdown, which included James Davies and Johnny Bickell both going off with injuries. It is hoped that they will both be ok as they are valuable players to the side. Captain Paul Vickers may also regret his loss of composure which resulted in an upgraded short corner and then a yellow card, especially as his side were eight nil up at the time. Thanks again go to the spectators who came along on to support us.

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