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Mens 1st XI 2 Swansea University 1 Saturday, March 7, 2009

Posted by Steve Vickery in Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
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The Snape Construction sponsored Lansdown men’s first team secured a much needed three points after a 2-1 home win against promotion chasing Swansea University. It was Swansea who edged the first half producing the majority of the quality hockey. Although Lansdown threatened on the break with Ben Snape and Andy Allen both going close, however it was Swansea who deservedly took the lead with a drag flick from a short corner. This proved to be the only goal of the first half and Swansea held onto a deserved one goal lead at half time.

At the start of the second half the game changed completely with Lansdown starting to control the game and Swansea relying on the counter attack. The Swansea defence seemed visibly rattled by the Lansdown forwards increasing their work rate and not allowing them to settle. Nobody showed this more than Si Trower who threw himself in the way of one arial and pressed particularly well. Eventually the Lansdown pressure paid off and Lance ‘goal-machine’ Worth scored his one for the decade when he deflected a firmly hit free hit into the Swansea bottom corner.

Swansea fought back and won a number of short corners. Unfortunately for Swansea their short corner routine seemed to completely fall to pieces and they never really troubled the Lansdown goal. Their best chances came on the break and Andy Hockley did well on a number of occasions to keep Swansea at bay. What proved to be the winning goal was scored from another well taken free hit which found an unmarked Steve Vickery who deflected the ball into the bottom corner. Swansea battled well in the closing moments of the game but clever play down the right from the excellent Dave Holdaway and Andy Allen ensured that the majority of the final minutes were played deep in Swansea territory.

So the game finished 2-1 to Lansdown and it was definitely ‘a game of two half’s’. Lansdown should be complimented on their commitment and work rate which they showed in turning the game round in the second half.

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