LX CLUB v
BURY ST. EDMUNDS VETS
take their opportunities’
Following last year’s cancellation because of frost and
snow, the LX Club gathered at Culford
to renew acquaintances with Bury, who were still buoyant after a
2-1 win the day before over local rivals Ipswich.
Late changes to the LX team meant that Mark
Hollingsworth from Colchester came into the side on the left wing, and Norman
Ballard ‘transferred’ to the team to enable a full side to be assembled.
It was clear from
the start that this was going to be a tough match for LX, and with the eager
Bury forwards swift on the ball, especially Adrian Moulan in the midfield right
position, the LX defence had a fairly torrid time despite the valiant efforts of
David Young at full back.
However, after only a few minutes Bury’s Johnny
Briggs at centre forward latched onto a pass, and scored the opposition’s first
Eventually the LX defence settled down, and with the strong midfield of
Richard Clarke, Norman Ballard and Mick O’Malley, the forwards started to make
inroads through the Bury defence.
Bob Grenside weaved through the defence, only to
see his final shot just go wide of the Bury right goal post, and Brian Woolcott
and Mark Hollingsworth supplied excellent crosses which just eluded conversion
into goals, added to which there were several penalty corners which were
unsuccessful, supplemented by a superb hand stop save from Alan Dures in the
Bury goal following a skilful shot from Graham Martin.
Almost inevitably after these missed chances LX
went behind, when Bury’s centre forward again scored an excellent goal from the
middle of the circle, and further increased his tally for his hat-trick by
latching onto a cross from the ever youthful Gary Goodchild on Bury’s right
wing, to make the score 0-3 against LX at half time.
In the second half,
LX had more of the play, but Bury with a 3-0 lead were never going to be beaten.
Richard Clarke and Nigel Spencer-Knott had several
more penalty corner strikes on goal stopped by Gerald Watts and Chris Blake at
full back, and even Norman Ballard could not conjure up a goal for LX against
his own Club’s defiant defence.
The game was put out of reach when a pinpoint
cross from the right found Tony Bass in an unmarked position, who slotted in a
goal to give Bury a deserved 4-0 success.
Nigel Dixon in goal had an excellent game, even
though the opposition found the goal four times, otherwise the defeat would have
After the match the teams and their supporters, which included
wives, partners and the injured Ric Williams (knee) and Roger Girling
(hamstring) enjoyed the usual high standard of hospitality of Bury, with a meal
prepared by Kate Cooke in the kitchen, supplemented by Kay Hazell’s superb apple
Thanks were made to Mary and Alan Baker (Suffolk County
Umpires Association) for again excellently umpiring the game, and the
maestro-organiser, Alan Dures, who for the record again achieved a clean sheet
in not conceding any goals.
The record of results for this fixture is now
3 wins to Bury, 2 wins LX, and 2 draws.
Nigel Dixon, David Young, Nigel Spencer-Knott, David Read (Captain), Richard
Clarke, Norman Ballard, Mick O’Malley, Mark Hollingsworth, Bob Grenside, Graham
Martin, Brian Woolcott.
David G. Read