LX LAKES TOUR
18th and 19th June 2011 at Cockermouth
GOAL DROUGHT IN
Although a wet weekend was forecast, resolute LX’ers arrived in Cockermouth with rainwear and umbrella’s at the ready. With the majority travelling to arrive on Friday evening, the weekend got off to an early start with dinner in the Trout hotel. Saturday morning broke with low cloud and a threat of rain.
With Roger Lomas bolstering the forward line, LX began in
unusual format against a lively K&WC attack. Attempts to get passing movements
together proved difficult as LX endeavoured to develop some momentum. Alan
Dures, our only ‘keeper for the weekend, was in early action as the opposition
pressurised David Read and George Hazell at full back. Doug Barnes, Andy Holden
and Mike Patton were finding difficulty in getting forward as the opposition
were largely in control of the midfield and the forwards were having to drop
back to help in regaining possession. Having held out almost to the half time
break, LX then conceded 2 quick goals right on the half time whistle.
Straight on to the attack from the word go, LX whites were
determined to raise the LX flag! Prompted from midfield by Peter Danson, Austyn
Leaverland and Adrian Money, John Land and Graham Martin were soon in amongst
the opposing defence.
The morning drizzle had stopped by the time the teams took to
the field and the game began with both sides passing the ball around probing for
openings. With the Cumbrians having the edge in midfield, Ted Hayes, Dave Ewing
and Bob Jameson were fully extended and the feed forward to the attack was very
limited. As half time approached and LX were getting back into the game a foray
forward down the right resulted in Brian Woolcott being on the spot to slip the
ball over the line only to discover that the Umpire had blown and awarded a
penalty stroke. John Land’s effort was too close to the ‘keeper who saved
For the final game of the day, LX found it hard work trying
to contain the youthful vigour of the Lakelanders who found their rhythm from
the push back and were soon threatening the LX goal. Fluent passing and movement
troubled Robin Mayes and David Read whilst Gerald Wilkinson Peter Ross and Colin
Pearce found little opportunity to get forward. Alan Dures was in great form
when the defence was breached. The pressure finally told as LX conceded two
goals just ahead of the half time whistle.
After retiring to the Cockermouth Conservative club for food
and drink, John Land expressed the thanks of all present to Mike and Dot Patton
for a truly memorable weekend, to Doug and Fiona Barnes for their generous
hospitality the previous evening and to Dot Patton for organising a walk around
Buttermere for the ladies on Saturday afternoon. Finally, Robin Mayes presented
Graham Martin with a Guide to Umpiring Hockey!
LX White; P Danson(Capt.); A Dures; M Watson; L Mack; D Ewing; A Leaverland; A Money; B Woolcott; J Land; R Jameson; T Hayes; G Martin.
LX Red; R Lomas(Capt.) G Hazell; D Read; C Pearce; A Holden; R Mayes; P Ross; G Wilkinson; M Patton; D Barnes; B Warrender:
The Supporting Wives
Non Playing members; L Alcock; J Standish; T Darlington; G George:
Match Manager; Mike Patton
Your Correspondent; Bill Warrender