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Mens 1st XI 3 Penarth 0 Sunday, March 8, 2009

Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.

The Snape Construction sponsored Lansdown men’s first team recorded their second home victory in as many days when they beat Penarth 3-0. The game started well for Lansdown who immediately looked the more threatening. At times the hockey played by Lansdown was of a very high standard with Penarth struggling to gain any possession. This resulted in Lansdown opening the scoring when Steve Vickery scored his second in as many days when he slotted away the rebound from a saved short corner.

Lansdown continued to press Penarth and eventually they extended their lead when Ben Nicholls was in the right place to score from a pin point cross. In the closing moments of the first half Penarth came back into the game, however they never really looked like scoring and half time came with Lansdown holding a deserved two goal lead.

The second half started with Lansdown struggling to retain possession, this led to Penarth coming right back into the game. Unfortunately for Penarth they were still lacking any real threat in the final quarter of the pitch and were unable to trouble the impressive Andy Hockley, who had little to do but when called upon excelled.

With a quarter of the game remaining Lansdown found their rhythm and started to control the game creating a number of chances. Indeed it was Lansdown who scored next when captain Paul Vickers scored the third Lansdown goal with a quality drag flick finish which effectively finished the game as a contest. This proved to be the last action of the game and Lansdown were value for their win.



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