LX CLUB v Norfolk Masters

at Taverham, Norfolk on 22nd March 2015

Norfolk Masters 1 v LX Club 2

One of the LX Clubs longest running fixtures, set up originally by Tony Williams of Harleston Magpies and run by him with the help of his wife Sue ,for the previous 16 years, switched its venue this year to Taverham . Tony has stepped down as President of the Magpies after a long and distinguished period at the helm and the mantle for continuing this fixture has been taken on by Chris Wildee. Chris, of course is not new to this role having established a similar fixture at Taverham just outside Norwich over the last 2 years.

These games organised by Chris, have both proven to be close affairs, the first year being a hard earned victory for LX before Norfolk turned the tables in 2014 with a 4-3 win. With honours even therefore, a certain amount of pride was at stake.

Mike Surridge got the LX team organised, having prised Colin Kimber off the beach and went for experience in defence with young John Grinham alongside Bill Greenwood, Nigel Steed and David Young. “They will not pass” became the war cry.

John Maylam was the anchor in midfield , flanked by Barrie Whelpton(guest) , Graham Ramsden and Roger Girling whilst up front Mike Surridge was accompanied by the energetic running of Chris Thornhill, a new member to LX.

Chris Wildee meanwhile succumbed to the higher purse being offered by the opposition and turned out for his home county.

Early exchanges were even but the game burst into life when following some concerted LX pressure, Ramsden was able to push the ball home. It was not long before Wildee produced a remarkable reflex save to prevent Thornhill adding to the score and LX were generally pleased to reach their half time water bottles one up.

 Surridge thankfully put LX further ahead in the second half before Norfolk turned up the heat and duly pulled a goal back with a penalty stroke. They might have equalised but for a quick thinking Kimber to sweep up after, for once, the back line was breached. As it was, LX rallied and in the last minutes a swift move down the right almost brought a goal from Thornhill but the score remained at 2-1 as umpires, Mary and Alan Baker called time on the days proceedings.

A plate of chilli and a few beers soon rejuvenated any aching limbs .
Thanks to match manager, Chris Wildee for another good day out.


Report by Roger Girling