Grand Masters vs Canterbury Grand Masters
Canterbury, Sunday 26th March 2006
With Leon Mack having to withdraw from the squad at the
last minute because of injury, LX options were limited but they were
nevertheless able to take to the field with a strong XI who would hopefully
provide the core of this year’s Great Grand Masters side.
For Canterbury, Tony Jones had mustered what was billed as the first Grand
Masters side put together by an English club and the occasion got a mention in
the local press.
Taking the field in ideal conditions and playing on the water based Canterbury
facility, LX began tentatively. The early exchanges were evenly contested as
both sides endeavoured to get into their stride and dominate the midfield. With
10 minutes gone, LX stepped up the pace and took a deserved lead when Gerald
Wilkinson found space on the right and drawing defenders, slipped a simple pass
inside for Bill Warrender to guide the ball into the net.
With the home side determined to put up a good performance, LX were forced to
defend as the Canterbury midfield, with LXers Bill Butcher and Tony Jones
prominent, threatened the LX ‘25’, but sound work by Mike Beaney and David Birch
repelled the danger. With the exchanges about even, LX moved further ahead with
a second goal, which was a repeat of the first, Gerald Wilkinson providing and
Bill Warrender finishing. With a two-goal advantage LX began to play with more
fluency and with half time approaching a loose clearance from a Canterbury
defender was collected by Alan Jackson from whose pass, Bill Warrender flicked
into goal. Half time score 3-0.
From the restart, Canterbury moved with more urgency and LX were put under
pressure. Colin Pearce and David Wright were fully occupied containing the
threat. However, with Canterbury defenders moving up in support, a quick break
out from defence to Andy Holden on the right caught them napping and from the
resultant cross, Bill Warrender notched his fourth of the game. The pattern of
play continued in the same vein and Canterbury finally found a way past Mike
Fripp when Tony Jones was on hand to deflect a rising drive into goal. With time
running out, LX added a fifth goal when George Hazell made a smart interception,
fed the ball up to the byline and Keith Hedley swept the cross firmly past the
After-match hospitality was of the highest order and we
were once again well supported by the LX ladies.
Team: David Wright (capt); Mike Fripp; Mike Beaney;
David Birch; George Hazell; Colin Pearce; Andy Holden; Gerald Wilkinson; Bill
Warrender; Alan Jackson; Keith Hedley.
Umpires: Lee Hare and Chris Owen (Canterbury)