LX v  Warlocks

 at Lord Wandsworth College, Odiham on 3rd April 2016

LX O60 White 1 Warlocks 6

A good Warlocks side with a couple of quick under aged players eventually proved to be too strong for the LX O60 Whites team training ahead of the World Cup in Australia. Playing four twenty minute quarters where Warlocks came out on top in three of them with the third quarter proving to be the exception which was the only time LX managed to show what they are capable of by moving the ball with pace, accuracy and without a nervousness that seem to inhibit them in the other quarters.

In the first quarter LX lost their midfield dynamo Steve Munford to a pulled calf and consequently had to reorganise the formation with the sole substitute Zahid coming on as a replacement. Warlocks took the lead 1-0 during this quarter with the right wing batting the ball high into the net as it moved aerially round the circle following an initial save by goalkeeper Ian Burnham. Some strong umpiring, which was good, balanced and fair throughout the game, ensured that the more exuberant Warlocks tackling was curtailed resulting in some better hockey by both side.

An injury to Tony Neeve in the second quarter, sustained closing down a short corner strike, saw LX reduced to ten men and despite the heroic efforts of Graham Menizes and Chris Bookers in defence meant the pacey Warlocks 'youngster' was able to exploit the situation and they scored two more goals making it 3-0 at half time.

Warlocks had a number of substitutes and kindly offered LX one of them for the second half to bring the teams back to even numbers. Going back to 11 men seemed to give LX the lift them needed as they started to play their most fluent hockey with Simon Fry and Peter Reed combining well down the right with Paul Bateson to create goal scoring opportunities. LX pressure was eventually rewarded at a short corner with a decisive injection from Bill Dickenson to Pami Bolina who beat the advancing defenders moved the ball onto his left an hammered an exceptional reverse stick strike into the bottom corner of the goal to see the third quarter end 3-1.

The fourth quarter saw the Warlocks superior numbers pay dividends as despite the tireless running and tackling of David Bain and the numerous saves from Ian Burnham LX conceded three further goals to finish the game 6-1 losers.

Post match hospitality was at the Four Horseshoes pub just outside of the delightful match venue of Lord Wandsworth College where players and spectators were treaded to a lovely curry and beer, what's not to like!

Tony Neeve