Mens 1st XI 2 Penarth 0 Sunday, October 26, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown returned from a potentially tricky away game in Penarth with all three points. The first goal was scored in the first half with an early contender for goal of the season. The ball was worked around the back of the defence and down the left side of the pitch before the ball was crossed to Jack Harber who scored with a powerful hit. The move involved the majority of the team and left the opposition completely helpless. This goal triggered a spell where Lansdown controlled the game. Eventually the pressure took its toll and Johnny Bickell doubled the lead with a clever deflection from a free hit outside the Penarth area. Ben Snape was then unfortunate not to make it three after good work between him and Si Trower on the break Half time arrived with Lansdown having the better of the game and deserving a 2-0 lead.
A reorganised Penarth side started the second half strongly and immediately had a greater share of the possession and territory. However, even with a greater share of the game they failed to break down the Lansdown defence led by Rob Mudge who had a great game. With the few chances created they were all dealt with by the exceptional Ace Cupper in goal. Amongst a lot of good work was one save in particular, which was a stick save low to his right which was nothing short of amazing. It was Lansdown who continued to create the best chances with Si Trower, Jack Harber, Paul Vickers and Johnny Bickell all going close, with the Penarth goalie making a number of fine saves to keep his side in the game.
The game came to a close with no second half goals which ensured that three hard fought points were. This win means that Lansdown are now occupying fourth place in the league. Special mentions must go to Dave Hewitt-Stubbs, Si Trower and James Davies who all finished the game injured, but they all showed great bravery and commitment by staying on the pitch, which ensured that Lansdown were able to finish the game with eleven on the park.