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Mens 1st XI 2 Bath Buccs C 3 Sunday, December 7, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown Men’s 1st XI slipped to a disappointing away loss too top of the table rivals Bath Buccs. In the opening moments of the game Lansdown suffered a huge loss when defender Rob Mudge was hit on the hand by firmly hit ball. Rob was unable to continue the game and was whisked off to hospital immediately where it was discovered that he had suffered an open fracture of his finger and that part of the bone at the tip of his finger had shattered. Thanks should go to the Bath Buccs spectator who took Rob to hospital. Lansdown had only travelled with one replacement and were left to play 95% of the game without any substitutes.

Bath scored their opening goal from a short corner where a drag flick hit a Lansdown defender on the line and rebounded to a Bath player who managed to slot the rebound into the goal. Then Lansdown found back and equalised with there own short corner goal, when Andy Buckmaster finished a well worked routine. Bath then responded with yet another short corner goal which was scored from a direct drag flick. Lansdown will have been disappointed to concede both drag flick goals with the defenders on the line and the keeper thinking that both goals could have been prevented.

It was only at this point that the game managed to settle into any kind of rhythm with Bath starting to control the game. However withstanding this fact, Lansdown still managed to trouble the Bath defence on the break with their defence looking fragile. Indeed, moments before half time, it was from a free hit won on the break that Lansdown managed to equalise. The ball fell to Dave Holdaway in the D who hit a reverse volley into a Bath defenders chest which bounced off him into the back of the net for an equaliser.

The second half continued with Bath having the best of the game and they proceeded to put the Lansdown team under huge pressure. To their credit Lansdown dug in and fought well to keep Bath at bay and indeed were unfortunate to have a goal from Ben Snape disallowed. However a fading Lansdown side eventually conceded when with only moments left in the game Bath pressure turned into a goal. The goal was scored when a Bath player lost his marker in the D and deflected a hit into the back of the net for what proved to be the winner.

Bath clearly deserved the three points and go back to top of the table. At the halfway point of the season the league is incredibly close with top of the table having 21 points and the 1st side in the relegation zone having 16 points. Unbelievably a side in the relegation zone also has the best goal difference in the league. Lansdown are currently in 5th place with 18 points.

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