LXA v CANTERBURY on 17th August 2008

With only two warm up games remaining before the World Cup, LXA knew this would be a very competitive game with Canterbury fielding a younger and experienced side.

Canterbury started the better and put LXA defence under considerable pressure for the first 15 minutes. After a number of short corners Canterbury scored their first goal.

LXA could not get into the game due to the tight Man to Man marking. Coach Andy Barnes rotated the squad and gradually LXA started to put pressure on Canterbury’s defence. Three good opportunities to score were missed.

At half time Andy emphasised that we must ‘start playing the short ball.’ The goal keepers changed sides to start the second half. Both side continued to play good attacking hockey with LXA rotating players and were gradually getting more confidant in playing the short ball. An excellent interchanging move between Major and Perryman found Maylam in midfield, who passed to Ballard who was free on top of the D. Ballard took the ball at pace into the circle and with a hard crisp shot fired at goal. Kimber got a touch. The ball hit the advertising board. The Umpire awarded a long corner but LXA Captain Stephen Stowell checked the new netting and found in fact the ball had gone through the net. 1-1 Canterbury disputed the decision

From the restart Canterbury pushed forward, with time running out, they were awarded a short corner. The strike at goal was miss hit which wrong footed the defence finding an unmarked Canterbury player at the far post 2-1. LXA were unable to restart the game as the final whistle was blown.

This was a hard and enjoyable game with the host congratulating LXA on their fitness and wishing them all the best for the World Cup. Many thanks to Canterbury Club for providing excellent hospitality, and the two umpires Andy Spight and Les Gurupagham

Foot note:- The video of the game conclusively proved that Norman Ballard’s shot did in fact go through the net. Well spotted Skipper.

LXA Squad Colin Kimber (GK) Alan Dures (GK) Barry Mills, Peter Crayford, German Singh, Neil Major, Terry Howlett, Brian Perryman, John Maylam, Norman Ballard, Ray Jeff, Imtiaz Mahmood, Stephen Stowell (Capt), Mike Surridge, Lloyd Wood, Andy Barnes (Coach)