Mens 2nd XI 5 Cirencester 3rd XI 2 Sunday, October 26, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 2nd XI.
Lansdown started this game with a new look team, Andy Hockley in goal, Martin Stevens’ return and Rob Hall up front, it all boded well. But then the match started. Cirencester were well organised, and forced the game and pace. Cirencester won a short corner early in the game, despite a good charge, they slotted home past the diving keeper, 0-1. Lansdown then started to play their game getting the ball wide and twisting and turning the defence, Andy Allen stick work had men lunging in, Tony Moule’s pace again told and Dave Jones never gave up even on lost causes.
All the hard work paid off with a darting run for Martin Stevens in the Cirencester D, his first shot was blocked by the keeper on the floor, so he went airborne with the second off the upright and into the goal, 1-1.
With Lansdown starting to be the superior team, a cruel blow followed a Cirencester break against the run of play, made it into the D and scored before half time, 2-1.
Strong words must have been passed at half time as a different team came out for the second half, composed play followed, Rob Hall calming the midfield, better distribution and releasing the pace men. Counter attacks were swotted away by Mark Williams, Tim Postlethwaite and Duncan Spurier, Lansdown were on the ascendancy. Andy Allen won a short that Rob Hall hit with devastating force, 2-2.
Then the Jon Leat show rolled in, moving up form defence to attack he found the right place every time, 3 quality goals in 15 minutes. The first a clean shot in the open, second collecting his own rebound and reverse stick hitting it past the lunging goal and the third, a sublime pass from Mark Williams had Jon diving gracefully to slot it home, 5-2
Well won in the end, thanks to umpires Jon Thompson, Phil Sidey and Man of the Match Jon Leat