LX CLUB vs
at Chase School,
Malvern on Sunday 15th October 2006
Perryman, the match manager for the game, had to deal with the pitches at
both Worcester University and the Leisure Centre not being finished on time
after relaying, and, at a late stage, he had to switch the match to Chase
School in Malvern, which caused some small road navigation enigmas.
The LX Club team therefore started with Chris Kendal, a young Worcester HC
player on the left wing, a very skilful player, who said he’d like to
consider becoming a LX member in about 45 years time!
Captain Peter Ross elected to play three across the back, and defenders
Colin Pinks, Percy Steele and John Longden, were soon defending robustly
against the energetic Worcester forwards.
However, with the strong-running Peter Ross in good form, LX went ahead when
centre half Mike Greenhough skilfully crossed from the left after a long
run, and Sudesh Nayar guided the ball into the Worcester goal. Worcester
continued the pressure and both David Reads were at full stretch to contain
Worcester’s two fast wingers. Eventually Malcolm Wilkinson for Worcester
powered his way through the middle, and just beat Paddy Maher, with an
accurate shot just inside the post.
With the arrival of Peter Crayford and Adrian Money at half time, there were
positional changes. Peter moved to centre half, and Adrian took Peter
Ross’s position on the left, with Mike Greenhough moving into the forward
A more cohesive team pattern resulted, with good distribution from Peter
Crayford. Chris Jones, who had an excellent game on the right wing, set up
several chances, assisted by Adrian Money weaving down the left with good
control and vision, ensuring a hard-earned 1-1 draw.
After the match, the teams adjourned to ‘The Sauce Factory’, a comfortable
hostelry in Worcester for a roast meal, which was well received. Thanks go
to the umpires, Yvonne Dawson (LX Club), and Chris Chapman (Worcester), and
especially to Tony Perryman, who did a grand job in organising a very
Paddy Maher, Colin Pinks, Percy Steele, John Longden, David Read (Midlands),
Mike Greenhough, Peter Crayford, David Read (South), Chris Jones, Sudesh
Nayar, Peter Ross, Adrian Money, Chris
Kendal (trainee LXer).