6th February 2011

Result: 0-4

 ‘Bury take their opportunities’

Following last year’s cancellation because of frost and snow, the LX Club gathered at Culford School keen 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 goal.
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 been heavier.
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 crumble.
  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.

LX team: 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.

Match Report:  David G. Read