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Mens 1st XI 2 Cardiff University 1 Sunday, November 30, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown gained a vital three points from a tough game against Cardiff University who were good opposition. This win moves them up into a promotion winning place as the season approaches the halfway point. The game started with Lansdown on top and this pressure turned into the opening goal when Si Trower managed to get a deflection on a hit into the D from Paul Vickers. Cardiff occasionally threatened on the break and had a good chance at a short corner which they were unable to convert.

However it was Lansdown who created the better chances, unfortunately none of these were converted. This was largely due to a Cardiff keeper who made a number of fine saves. Lansdown were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty flick when Jack Harber rounded the keeper and then had his legs taken out from underneath him.

The score remained 1-0 with Lansdown value for their their lead and arguably deserving a greater advantage over their opponents. The second half started with Cardiff responding well and coming right back into the game. The Lansdown frontline that had pressed the Cardiff defence was suddenly found wanting and this triggered an increase in possession and territory for the visitors. Even with a greater share of the game the students never really looked like breaking the Lansdown defence down with Lansdown keeper Ace Cupper having very little work to do.

Eventually Lansdown were made to pay for not taking their chances when Cardiff equalised with a reverse hit from the edge of the D. With five minutes left in the game Lansdown were awarded a penalty flick when the keeper brought down Jack Harber when he had a clear goal scoring opportunity. Initially a short corner was awarded but thankfully both umpires came together and rightly decided to upgrade the decision to a penalty flick. Jack Harber stepped up and managed to ignore the pressure making no mistake with the resulting penalty flick. In the remaining five minutes Lansdown rather nervously managed to see out the game and take a deserved three points.

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