LX CLUB v Warlocks
Result: Lost 1 -3
Warlocks were able to turn out a strong side, even without the help of their three England (over 60’s) trialists. They came one man short, but fortunately we had twelve players, so were able to make it eleven a side and everyone got a full game.
LX took the lead half way through the first half from a breakaway move started by Sudesh Nayar and finished with a fine shot from Parmjit Bohna. Warlocks hit back with a goal just before half time, following a short corner mêlée. One all at half time which was a fair reflection of the play.
The very good Warlocks midfield started to put sustained pressure on the LX defence in the second half and this led to a series of short corners. Eventually the LX resistance was broken and Warlocks scored through one of these corners. Barry Sewell had stopped the initial shot and the two follow up shots, but could not stop my neatly placed shot/prod from a yard out. Brain Tubbs maintained it was even nearer!
The third Warlocks goal came from a well struck short corner, which caught LX by surprise as they were still trying to decide who was going to do what! The umpire rightly, I believe, gave the advantage to the attacking side and the goal stood.
Although Warlocks were the younger and fitter side (LX average age was 69) Warlocks failed to score any goals from open play, this was due to the resolute LX defence, ably marshalled by Alan Jackson, Captain for the day.
Thank you to the two umpires Tom Darlington and Roy Woolley from Warlocks who helped make this a most enjoyable match. Thanks also to the Warlocks side for their hospitality at half time (port) and afterwards at the ‘Poachers‘.
A lovely Spring day, a game played in a tremendous spirit, experienced umpires, it doesn’t get much better!
LX Team: Barry Sewell, Alan Jackson (Capt), Brian Tubbs, Gilbert Grace, Sudesh Nayar, Adrian Money, Keith Hunt, Bob Grenside, Parmjit Bohna, Rod Cochrane, Mike Sprange.
Team Manager/Reporter/Warlocks (11th man): Austyn Leaverland