Chris Bristow played the role of villain and part-hero as Chichester slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Ashmoor – their third successive England Hockey West Conference loss.
It was his green card offence that led to Andover cricketer Max Romer-Lee firing the Devon visitors ahead from a 28th minute penalty corner.
Bristow [pictured] was briefly sin-binned for making inappropriate comments to an umpire and stood on the touchline and watched as Romer-Lee drag-flicked his shot in exactly the place the goalkeeper would normally be standing to give Ashmoor a 1-0 half-time lead !
Coach Merijn van Willigen later incurred the umpire’s wrath and was similarly green carded.
There was no shortage of effort or endeavour from Chichester, who lacked much creativity and forced only one penalty corner, that coming in the closing stages of the game when Alex Baxter rolled his shot wide.
At the other end, Bristow redeemed himself with two fine saves – one notable low down to his right from a short corner – before Fletcher Naisbett-Jones wrapped it up for Ashmoor with a well taken goal two minutes from time.
Chichester share the bottom Western Conference rung with fellow winless due Cheltenham and Cardiff University. They host Plymouth Marjon next Sunday.
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