Swansea Uni A edge Lansdown A
A game of two halves saw high flying Swansea narrowly win
A wild October afternoon saw hosts Lansdown A welcome Swansea Uni A to Brockworth. The back end of Storm Brian would ensure it was a miserable afternoon for all players and umpires - luckily the rain held off for the majority!
Lansdown came Into the game on the back of a 2 defeats and a draw, and we’re looking to get the shaky start to the season back on track.
A decent selection of 14 players ensured the 2s were at their strongest, only missing stalwart centre back Lance Worth who has England over-something trials on Sunday.
The game started at a frenetic pace - with Swansea showing their experience in this league and the youthful side were looking to play a quick game. New Lansdown recruit Will Cook saw himself playing against his old uni side - making himself a hassle in their half.
Swansea had a couple of early shots on goal, expertly kept out by Man of the Match Ben Swatridge in goal. The back three of Shane Lovett, Dave White and Joey Bustin had their work cut out to keep up with the youngsters in the opposition attack.
As the half progressed, Lansdown saw very little of the ball, mainly because each time we got the ball we seemed to give it straight back to Swansea. This league will be a struggle if that happens every game!!
The half came to a close with CDM James Davies hobbling/walking off, nobody quite knows whether it was an injury or just a bit of a strain, or whether he just didn’t fancy it.
It was a bit of a loss as we seem to have found his new position at Left Back, including 3 saves off the line, although Joey is slightly against the move as, in his words, ‘I like standing around not doing a lot on the post’. JDs idea of heaven with a sore baby cow.
Half time came and it was game on - the score should have been much more than 0-0, with Swansea needing to learn how to finish off 3 on 1s against the keeper. To Bens credit he had a stormer keeping them out! Defence needed some more work though....
Into the second half and some inspired changes from the skipper saw SHL playing up front - Barney Harris and Josh Hargreaves ably assisting on the flanks and Dan Hinchcliffe and Ed Robinson trying to get the ball to them through the middle. However Swansea struck very early and put themselves on the scoresheet, despite the efforts of Ben And Sam Mason to try and keep it out.
Much more rhythm came into he Lansdown play, and as Swansea tired the gaps started appearing. This gave Jamie Leatherbarrow the chance to shine at CDM and make some good runs and sort out the distribution at the back.
Lansdown looked much more dangerous, with 3 short corners going agonisingly just wide, with one of Ed’s drag flicks saved on the post. Swansea had a great shot saved on the line by George Hughes, with a version of a cricket shot around chest height to bat it off the line.
We kept hammering at the door, andJosh made some strong runs into theD, and somehow managed to win a slightly dubious Penalty Stroke. In the absence of expert flicker JD, Ed stepped up to take the shot. However as the flick was slightly unjustified, Ed very sportingly made it easy for the keeper and the score remained 0-1 to Swansea.
We kept knocking on the door but couldn’t quite convert the attempts on goal, despite the best efforts of Matt Sellwood up front with SHL and Will.
It was a case of a jittery start, and after some re-jigging of positions we found a good lineup and annoyingly couldn’t quite get over the line. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying - we showed good spirit and good fight to stay in the game!
So next week we travel to Gwent, where if the performance matches this week’s we will be looking to get our first win of the campaign.