England SGM v Scotland Veterans
Maiden Castle, Durham.
v. Scotland Veterans XI
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
were unable to take advantage.
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.
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
began the second half developing a better rhythm with David Wright and Andy
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.
full time approached
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;
Match Manager; Andy Holden
Your Correspondent; Bill Warrender