Mens 1st XI 1 Swansea University 5 Sunday, November 23, 2008Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
Lansdown completed the longest away trip of the season when they played against Swansea University. Lansdown were grateful to Mark Williams and first team debutant Johnny Leat for stepping up from the second team. Swansea controlled the game right from the start and gave Lansdown problems with their mobility and speed. The first two goals were scored by Swansea from well worked short corner routines. Then the third goal was scored after a Swansea player was able to slot the ball into the goal after he had lost his marker and was found completely unmarked in the Lansdown D with acres of space. This prompted a curious change in tactics by Swansea who adopted a half court press. This enabled Lansdown to come right back into the game and subsequently they were able to generate some scoring opportunities. However, unfortunately Lansdown were unable to convert any of their chances.
Half time came and Swansea were good value for their three goal lead. The second half started with Lansdown pressing the Swansea defence effectively which allowed them to have a much greater say in the game. Withstanding this fact it was still Swansea who generated all the best chances. They eventually converted one of these chances when they scored another short corner goal. As the game progressed the advantage Swansea had in having a full bench of substitutes compared to the one on the Lansdown bench started to take its toll as the Lansdown side started to show signs of fatigue. Swansea then scored their fifth when they were able to punish a poor pass from a Lansdown defender by finding a forward at the back post who was able to volley the ball into the goal. Lansdown were able to score a consolation goal when Steve Vickery found Jack Harber in the D who fired home a reverse hit goal. This was the last goal of the game and Swansea were deserved winners. One positive aspect of the game for Lansdown was Dave Hewitt-Stubbs who was outstanding and is starting to show signs that he will be an extremely important player for Lansdown in years to come.