Mens 1st XI 2 Cardiff Medics 2 Sunday, January 18, 2009Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
The Snape Construction sponsored Lansdown Mens 1st team returned from the Christmas break with a hard fought competitive draw against Cardiff Medics. The game started at a ferocious pace with both sides having good spells of possession. However neither side seemed to be able to make any progress in the opposition D. It was the Medics who opened the scoring from a free hit outside the D which found a fortunate deflection which managed to nutmeg Ace Cupper the Lansdown keeper.
Lansdown fought back immediately with their own goal from a free hit when Ben Snape managed to turn the ball into an empty goal after a goal mouth scramble. Medics then retook the lead with their first short corner of the game when they fired a drag flick into the top corner.
Half time came and it was 2-1 to the Medics, Lansdown were however definitely still in the game. Indeed it was Lansdown who scored next when Si Trower turned in the equaliser which was yet another goal from a free hit. This goal came after Darren Ashenhurst cleverly caught the Medics defence off guard by taking the free hit quickly. In the remaining half an hour of the game both sides had chances with Ben Snape, Si Trower and Ben Nicholls all going close for Lansdown.
The Medics also had chances with Ace Cupper playing superbly to keep them at bay. The Medics thought they should have been awarded a penalty flick when Rob Mudge, who was playing his first game back from injury, made an outstanding save from a drag flick on the line. After the umpires consulted they correctly decided that Rob had legitimately saved the shot and did not award the penalty flick.
The game finished two all with both sides disappointed that they had not won the game. However both sides should take credit for what was a fantastic game, which was a pleasure to play in. On a disappointing note it must be said that it was a shame that a Medics player felt the need to show dissent to the umpires after the final whistle.