LX Club v Bury St Edmunds
at Nowton, Bury St Edmunds on 12th April 2015
LX 0 Bury St. Edmunds 1
This was a high quality match which LX was unfortunate to lose. The game stated at a high tempo with the LX midfield, in which John Stone & Roger Girling were prominent, releasing the front runners & as a result Ian Knox & Mike Surridge were causing problems for Bury down the flanks. LX were impressive playing good possession hockey but the were opposed by a resolute & skilled Bury team in which LX members John Grinham & Norman Ballard excelled in midfield. LX shaded the first half in terms of possession but the half time score at 0 -0 was not totally unfair.
The second half saw even more pressure from LX & within 12 minutes they thought they had scored as the ball hit the inside of the post & rolled across the goal only for the umpire to decide it had not crossed the line. Within 5 minutes Bury from a fast breakaway manoeuvre gained a short corner resulting in the only goal of the match. After the initial shot failed, the ball was finally crossed from the right edge of the D and finished with aplomb by Norman ( I seldom miss from 1 yard ) Ballard! Thereafter the game had a set pattern: LX mounted attack on attack but Bury defended splendidly & Nigel Dixon , guesting for I goal for Bury, made an excellent contribution. The steely resolve which Bury showed in defence was typical for a team that has only conceded 11 goals in 22 this season. Yes LX deserved an equaliser but in the last 10 minutes the clearest chances fell to Bury as two 1 on 1's with the keeper were excellently saved by Cliff Peck.
The game was played in a great spirit and was followed by an excellent lunch. A big thank you to our umpiring duo of Alan and Mary Baker, stalwart contributors to this annual match and also to the caterers: John & Gillian Grinham, Gerald & Alison Watts & Kay Hazell (Kay always stresses that George does not contribute but does in other ways as he did have two helpings of Kay's renowned Apple Crumble!)
Subsequent e-mail communications confirmed how much everyone enjoyed the day - with recorded comments such as: "The best ever LX v Bury game" and "Best quality hockey match in 10 years of the fixture". So make sure you get your name down early for the 2016 sequel!
Report by Rob Oakley