Mens 1st XI 2 Wotton-U-Edge 2 Sunday, January 25, 2009Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
The Snape Construction sponsored Lansdown men’s first team played their first away game of the New Year against Wotton Under Edge. The game started perfectly for Lansdown who won a short corner with their first attack of the game. Paul Vickers then scored in what must have been the first minute of the game. Lansdown continued to control the game for the majority of the first half. Wotton threatened occasionally on the break but it was no surprise when it was Lansdown who scored next when Paul Vickers scored from another short corner.
Half time came and Lansdown were playing well and were controlling the game. The second half was however, a totally different story. Whether it be complacency or through a lack of concentration or even respect for Wotton, the Lansdown marking and positional play suddenly disappeared. This resulted in Wotton completely controlling the opening ten minutes of the second half. In this spell Wotton scored both their goals the first coming from a well worked short corner routine and the second coming from a free hit outside the D where three Wotton players were somehow left completely unmarked.
Although Lansdown managed to make a recovery of sorts after the equaliser the damage was done and the Wotton players were on a high and continued to generate the best chances to win the game, however they were unable to convert any of these chances. Lansdown also had a few chances to take the three points but were also unable to grab the winner.
It is a cliché but this game truly was one of two halves and Wotton should take great credit for coming back into the game. However, with the greatest of respect to Wotton, it was Lansdown who threw the game and three points away.