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Mens 2nd XI 3 Stroud A 2 Monday, October 20, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
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The seconds at last get an away win under their belts with a deserved win, though they made hard work of it. The game started brightly with the pushback, Andy Allen and Dave Jones rampaged through the opposition into the D, winning a short in under 30 seconds.

The resulting short, hit hard by Ian Matthews, beat the Keeper only to be stopped by a Stroud foot. Andy Allen stepped up and calmly beat the keeper low and to his right, 1-0. The next 10 were all Lansdown, slick passing and good team work resulted in shorts and shooting opportunities, but to no avail.

Unfortunately after that Stroud turned up to the match and their midfield general started to dictate a lot of the plays, two shorts were given to them, but our runners, Dave Jones and the very impressive Jon Leat on league debut, made short work of them. Stroud made their own break through, with a free hit just outside our D hit across the goal the attacking team prodded home through the forest of sticks, 1-1.

Stroud equalled us for the rest of the half though Tony Moule, on his return, made some probing runs and showed real pace in attack, Andy Allen caused his usual dribbling mayhem. Mark Williams and Tim Postlethwaite also both played their parts very well, disrupting Stroud many times when attacking. At the half time whistle Stroud got a short, hit out well but softly hit back in, a poor goalie error gifted the opposition, 2-1.

The second half started where the teams had left off, good attacks met with counter attacking of equal measure, but fortunately the 2’s had something Stroud did not, Chris Hooper, goal one, cool and accurate drive from short corner, goal two, quite possibly the slowest hit ball just squeezing past the keeper, but still well executed.

The game then turned into table tennis the ball zipping end to end, Andy Allen giving no rest to their hard playing defence. Tony Moule’s reverse hitting getting closer, Ian Matthews’s dedication whilst injured and our defence stout and resolute. The victory was sealed, Captains blushes were spared. Man of the match Chris Hooper.

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