West Country Select
3 v LX 1
Sat nav took on a whole new meaning and wasn't quite up to the mark as LX
took on the might of the West Select in Exeter today. When we arrived at the
ground we could not find the changing room! - was this an age thing, or was this
test to sort out the Men from the boys?
During the LX team talk rumours of mutiny were soon heard from the LX left back
who said he would move if he didn't get passed to - an inauspicious start for
the gallant Mike Harris on such a lovely autumnal afternoon, as if he didn't
have enough to deal with working out how to manage the time slices of 14 & 1/2
minutes before players could be subbed.
On to the game, an ebb & flow of LX
Red shirts glowing in the afternoon sun, with the wicked Black shirts of the
West Select trying to halt their progress with mixed success on both sides. But
the spirited young West team finally broke down the LX defiance with a goal
scored by Lu Piscina, but LX fought back, pressurising the West goal until one
of the black defence was forced to use the back of his stick right in front of
the black goal and the umpire trying to defend against another plucky attack
spearheaded by Pete Danson, the hapless umpire gleefully awarded a Penalty
Flick. - Come ON!
So, moving swiftly on to half time, it was 1 - 0 to
the West (yup, you got it, ~~k~ missed the flick, in fact Paddy Maher in the
West goal had thought it was the half time whistle & gone off for an
orange! and M still missed - Oh! The Shame! )
The 2nd half started brightly
with the Red Waves of LX gallantly trying to overcome the Black Breakwater
- then - success! Paddy had just came back from his halftime orange to find
Black defenders being overrun by Red shirted attackers right on the goalline,
not too sure whether to get the ball over Paddy who was fighting off his black
defenders sticks while LX Red attackers watched, mischievously tapping the ball
away from Paddy or a Black defenders stick until finally John Tripp lifted the
ball over Paddy who was by now rolling around laughing & giggling - or was it
under him? Anyway it was a goal 1 - 1, - Game on!
Now the 14 1/2
minute slices kicked in and disarray in the Red defence resulted in a another
West goal from Bob Whitell.
The Red waves kept rolling forward but the Black Breakwater held FIRM &
seemed to break out more quickly, did this mean trouble for the more senior LX
players? The clock ticked, the Red shirts saw anxious looks exchanged
between themselves along with an occasional "oh silly me" - until - disaster the
Black shirts had one too many in the circle and Roger Britton swept the ball
past a stranded Colin - where were the defenders when he needed them?
only, - that time Paddy went off for an early half time orange, or the Red
LX shirts had scored more goals, then LX would have won! But it was 3 -
1 to the West; even if LX players scored all the goals – just saying!.
fun, lots of good performances but I can't remember who by, an even-ish game
with hockey the real winner.
Quality umpiring too, many thanks to Andrew
Harvey and Martin Stoneman. Many thanks to assorted Lady supporters as well .
Quality performance was then extended to The Apres, chez Café Andre, a really
outstanding job done by Catherine Goodridge, allegedly supervised by Bill!
PS - the left back got some ball so didn't have to move!
Hopefully the correct photo!
Vince Smith, - still trying to find the changing room, hence scant
details of the game