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Mens 1st XI 5 Shepton Mallet 2 Sunday, November 16, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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A Lansdown first team bolstered by many returning players hosted bottom of the table Shepton Mallet. The game started with Lansdown playing awful hockey which showed no composure and a real lack of quality. After a defensive mix up at a free hit a Shepton was somehow left all alone in the Lansdown D. The Shepton player coolly avoided some desperate lunging tackles and slotted the ball past the keeper for a deserved opening goal. Still Lansdown were unable to settle down into their usual passing game. This was partly due to sloopy play and also due to a hard working Shepton side who were playing a game that suggested that they won’t be at the bottom of the table for very long.

Lansdown were hugely indebted to Si Trower who used all his experience to play advantage when the ball had struck a defenders foot and smash the ball into the back of the goal. This goal triggered a twenty minute spell before half time where Lansdown settled into their game and played some good hockey. This improvement in play proved to be far too much for Shepton, this was shown by them conceding a further four goals in this period which effectively closed the game off.

The Lansdown second goal was scored after James Davies found Si Trower who laid the ball off to Andy Allen who finished from close range. The third goal was scored by Dave Holdaway who scored with a clever deflection off a free hit from what seemed like an impossibly accute angle. Si Trower made it four with a smart deflection and then Andy Allen showed great composure to score the fifth when he rounded the keeper and finished on his reverse side.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Shepton coming right back into the game. Indeed they were good value for their second goal which was scored from a clever short corner routine. This led to a Lansdown revival of sorts which saw them create numerous chances which included at least half a dozen short corners. However they were unable to convert any of these chances into goals and the game finished with a Lansdown 5-2 victory. Many thanks should go to the supporters who came along to cheer us on.

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