at Cheam on Sunday 26th November


This fixture is always looked forward to as the Puritans are able to produce teams of real quality. Despite the competing demands on players which meant that some of their regulars were playing that day in the Vintage Cup, Puritans still put out a strong balanced team against us. The game was very even and for a long period it looked as if the result would be a goalless draw. At half time the score was indeed 0-0, but early in the second half Mike Gallant scrambled a goal for the Puritans. This resulted in LX raising their game to such a degree that they produced a string of goal-scoring opportunities, that surprisingly resulted in only three goals being scored. Rod Cochrane (1) and Stephen Stowell(2) being the scorers. Our first goal came from a reverse stick shot from Rod following a good run by the left half Bob Phillips. The second goal came from a well-worked short corner routine with the ball being cleverly worked around the circle, culminating with Stephen Stowell guiding the ball into the Puritans goal. The third goal came from good work down the right wing by Adrian Money, leading to Stephen Stowell scoring with a high shot into the roof of the Puritans goal. The passing and interplay was very good starting from the backs right the way up to the forwards. Maintaining possession improved but still could have been better, it is so important in the modern game. Despite some players having to play in unfamiliar positions they still produced very creditable performances. Adrian Money playing as a right winger did really well. The man of the match for the LX was Stephen Stowell who had an excellent game despite not being fully fit. David Brampton manfully remained on the pitch although he had torn a muscle in his leg. Overall a very good performance from the LX team considering a number of the players had never played with each other before. A most enjoyable game well umpired by Wendy Beaney and Ben Rea and thanks to our hosts who as usual were superb.

Team: Nigel Dixon, John Longden, David Read, Bob Phillips, David Wright (capt), Hugo Rowbotham, Adrian Money, Stephen Stowell, David Brampton, S Withers and Rod Cochrane