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Mens 1st XI 2 West Wilts A 2 Sunday, February 1, 2009

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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Lansdown recorded an incredible fourth consecutive two all draw when they travelled to Warminster to play a struggling West Wilts A side. West Wilts dominated the opening moments of the match and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring from one of many short corners. Lansdown were struggling to find their recent form which has seen them play some of their best of hockey in recent years. The main reason for this seemed to be that they were not retaining possession of the ball. This was demonstrated on numerous occasions when players ran into tackles and were not playing the easy pass when it was available.

However, against the run of play it was Lansdown who scored next when Dave Hewitt-Stubbs scored what can only be described as a wonder goal. He picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled past at least four West Wilts players before slotting the ball into the bottom corner with a neat reverse finish. The Lansdown lead proved to be short lived as West Wilts regained their lead with another short corner goal. Half time came and West Wilts were good value for their lead.

The second half started with Lansdown making a tactical change which immediately saw an improvement in play. This improvement led to Lansdown drawing level for the second time, when Rob Mudge finished well with a good hit from the edge of the D. Although Lansdown were now playing better hockey it would be wrong to suggest that they were firing on all cylinders. The last twenty minutes of the game became very open with both sides threatening on the counter attack with neither side generating any periods of possession. However neither side was able to convert any of their chances and the match finished as a two all draw.

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