Mens 3rd XI 2 Cirencester 4th XI 1 Sunday, October 26, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 3rd XI.
Lansdown started this game with ten men, but what we lacked in numbers was easily made up for with skill and good team interplay. Dave Ellis set out the stall early on with good distribution from midfield, feeding Olli Bolwell and Seb Bradshaw to make probing runs.
Making a suitable stylish late entrance, Pete Holdaway made close to an immediate impact, Seb Bradshaw twisted and turned his way into the D then lay off the pass which, after a rebounded shot off the keeper, our chronologically challenged striker drove home with gusto. 1-0.
At this point the game settled down into a format it would take on for the rest of the half , Lansdown dominant but Cirencester making the occasionally break including a rare 1 on 1, which the Lansdown keeper dealt with strongly. The defence of Simon Clarke, Will Howes, Jo Tyler and Mike Kim were responsible for leaving the goalie with nothing to do for the rest of the half, excellent play and cool heads stopped any attacks early on, goalie bored, team happy.
The second half continued this theme, Chris Walton the midfield muscles, forced the play in only one direction releasing Ash Patel and Will Howes on lightening breaks that the opposition struggled with.
The Cirencester goalkeeper must get special praise for stopping multiple shots, short corners and drag flicks. If not for him 4 or 5 goals would be on the board. With 6 minutes to go disaster struck, Cirencester won a short, only their second of the game, well struck out, but poorly used, our defence unfortunately pushed the ball out to the opposition and the returned ball was excellent, beating the Lansdown keeper in the air, 1-1
With minutes left, they had stolen the win for us, until Seb Bradshaw decided to win it back. A weaving run, he entered the area and glory followed, 2-1. Man of the Match Will Howes