LX o’70s (almost) against LX Volunteers or hopefuls

 at Oxford Hawks ground on 8th July 2015

The game was held in front of one of the largest and most vociferous crowds of the early summer season; 4 WAGS and 400 from a solitary dog. Dog was cheering or jeering throughout most of the match until ground officials subdued him with a biscuit.

The match was played in good spirits by both sides and enjoyed by one and all. The result of

2 – 1 for the Volunteers did not do justice to the o’70s as a draw would have been fairer.

Good passing hockey was played throughout and the o’70s went ahead in the first half by a well taken goal by Graham George; it needed to be as there was some sterling defence by the Volunteers.

The Volunteers drew level in the first half of the second half through an excellent, well-struck pass from Rod Cockrane who found the ever reliable Gerald Wilkinson on the right wing. True to form he took the ball to the just inside the opposition 25 and struck on target towards the goal; up popped David Gill who deflected into the goal.  Score 1 – 1.

There came a period of play from both sides where the mid-field made some very incisive moves resulting in both goalkeepers making spectacular saves.

The decisive goal came from a short corner that was struck exceptionally well by David Thompson and but for the unwitting intervention of a defender’s stick it would have continued on its harmless way. The fact that it did not was a travesty of justice (much to the delight of the Volunteers) and to spare the blushes of the aforementioned offender defender I have promised not to mention his name. Suffice to say it was not Nigel Strofton who was on the sidelines directing operations, nor was it Adrian Mooney, or Graham Martin or Graham George or Tony Jones. Fortunately I cannot remember the rest of them or do we call that selective memory.

Final word of thanks to the umpires who both had an excellent game.

And thanks to the catering staff for the after match meal and for their kindness of heart in laying on the excellent real ale ‘Rebellion’. And thanks to the brewer for brewing it and the farmer who provided the ingredients. And thanks to mother nature who allowed it all to happen.

David Brampton


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