Mens 1st XI 1 Old Bristolians 1 Sunday, November 2, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
After a run of two successive victories Lansdown were positive about notching up another three points at home against Old Bristolians. After a scrappy opening five minutes to the game Lansdown managed to gain control of the game with the midfield seizing the initiative. This control eventually resulted in the opening goal for Lansdown which was scored by James Davies after Andy Buckmaster had cleverly rescued a broken down short corner routine. Lansdown then had a spell where they completely dominated the game, however determined Old Bristolians defending kept the Lansdown attack at bay. Just before half time Old Bristolians scored a goal which was completely against the run of play, when an Old Bristolians attacker rolled his man and finished well from a tight angle. Half time came and after controlling the majority of the half Lansdown was disappointed to go in level.
The second half started with Lansdown clearly still rocked by this equaliser as the majority of their play seemed to lack the patience shown in the first half. Old Bristolians on the other hand were clearly rejuvenated by this goal and started to have a much greater say in the game. In all honesty the second half was probably shared and the nil nil score was probably a fare reflection on a half where few clear chances were created. The number of Lansdown players carrying injuries also became an issue as the game went on, as no fewer than five players had their mobility effected by some sort of problem. As the game finished one all, Lansdown will be disappointed by the result but it would be a harsh to suggest that Old Bristolians didn’t deserve anything from the game. Next week for Lansdown is a top of the table clash away against Stroud.