Mens 1st XI 0 Cardiff University A 1 Sunday, March 15, 2009Posted by Steve Vickery in Cheltenham Hockey, Field Hockey, Match Report, Mens 1st XI.
The Snape Construction sponsored Lansdown Men’s first team managed to lose a vital away game against fellow relegation strugglers Cardiff University A. The first half saw Cardiff play some nice hockey but they never really threatened the Lansdown goal. It was Lansdown who played the majority of the quality hockey creating a number of clear opportunities.
Unfortunately for Lansdown they were unable to convert any of the chances that came their way. Much to the frustration of Lansdown it was Cardiff who scored the opening goal when a player received the ball on the edge of the D and hit a good reverse stick shot which beat the Lansdown keeper. Half time came and Lansdown were frustrated at the score line but were optimistic of coming back into the game as they had been the better side.
The second half saw Lansdown have slightly less of the game as Cardiff retained possession well in their half, but Lansdown were still the better side and created the better chances. Incredibly the goal Lansdown deserved still did not come and with every opportunity spurned the pressure built on Lansdown as time was running out.
This pressure led to Lansdown losing their way slightly in the last ten minutes and indeed it was Cardiff who won a game that Lansdown should have had won comfortably by half time if their finishing had been better. Lansdown were dejected after the game but should take consolation in the fact that they played some fantastic hockey.