England SGM v Scotland Veterans

Played at Maiden Castle, Durham.  3rd July 2011

England  SGM  3  v.  Scotland Veterans XI   0 

The  SGM’s took to the field in glorious warm summer sunshine to take on their Scottish rivals, the squad being limited to 12 as a result of non availability which also necessitated a reshuffle of positions, Percy Steele and Colin Pearce coming in at full back. Following the early exchanges in midfield, the SGM’s were threatened when a rash tackle on the edge of the circle led to a penalty corner but Scotland were unable to take advantage. England retaliated when Tony Perryman, coming on at centre forward, fastened on to a through ball, but his cross in front of goal came to nothing.  England struggled on occasion to move the ball through the midfield and the Scots were proving adept at cutting off the supply to the English forwards. As the game moved towards half time defences were on top and the goalkeeper’s were well protected by their defenders.

Coping well in the heat and switching attackers, England began the second half developing a better rhythm with David Wright and Andy Holden  becoming more involved. Gerald Wilkinson and Peter Danson linked well and Gery Kort provided an outlet on the right wing. The Scots were now under increasing pressure and the deadlock was broken when England took a quick long corner and Gerald Wilkinson’s cross into the circle was turned into goal by John Land. The Scots were still a threat and won a couple of short corners but their moves were all dealt with as Mike Fripp in goal and the full backs supported by David Wright and Brian Tubb were equal to the task. As Scotland moved forward they were caught napping when a sharp move via Andy Holden and John Land fed the ball forward to Bill Warrender who moved into the ‘D’ and flicked past the diving ‘keeper.  As full time approached England were now in the ascendancy and another slick passing move resulted in a shot  by Peter Danson which was deflected into the roof of the net by Bill Warrender in front of the ‘keeper.

Squad: M Fripp; P Steele; C Pearce; B Tubb; D Wright (Capt.); A Holden; G Kort; G Wilkinson; B Warrender; P Danson; J Land; T Perryman:

Match Manager; Andy Holden

Your Correspondent; Bill Warrender