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Mens 1st XI 2 Devizes A 2 Sunday, December 14, 2008

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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The Snape construction sponsored Lansdown Mens 1st team completed their third lengthy away trip in four weeks when they played their last game before the Xmas break against in form Devizes, who had won their last three games. Lansdown started the game well and although Devizes had the majority of possession Lansdown marshalled them well and were able to turn the ball over in advanced areas of the pitch. It was one such turn over which led to Lansdown scoring the opening goal when Si Trower finished well at the back post.

The game proceeded with Devizes getting increasingly frustrated by a well organised side. Lansdown should have gone two up when Steve Vickery fired narrowly wide from close range. Then it was the turn of Devizes to have good chances when keeper Ace Cupper was forced to save well on two occasions from short corners with the second save deflecting the ball onto the post.

Eventually it was Lansdown who scored the next goal, when after a great run and pass from Andy Buckmaster the ball fell to Dave Holdaway who left the keeper with no chance, when he deftly turned the ball into the bottom corner. That proved to be the last significant action of the first half and Lansdown were value for their lead.

The second half started in similar fashion with Devizes struggling to make serious inroads into the Lansdown D. It was a defensive mistake from Lansdown that led to Devizes coming back into the match, A Lansdown clearance from inside their own D fell to a Devzies player at the top of the D who moved the ball quickly to find an unmarked player at the back post who scored. This goal was shortly followed by the Devizes equalizer which was from a well taken short corner which left the Lansdown defence with no chance.

In the closing moments of the game it was Lansdown who had the best chances to win the game. Si Trower was foiled by the Devizes keeper who saved spectacularly from close range. Andy Buckmaster also went close but was unable to convert his chance. This meant that the game finished two a piece, this leaves Lansdown in fifth place in the league at the Xmas break.

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