LX CLUB v HARLESTON VETS
‘Inspirational Team Performance defeats the Magpies’
LX Club 2
The Suffolk weather defied the predictions of the
meteorologists, and the LX Club team arrived at Harleston to enjoy a brisk sunny
atmosphere with several other highly contested cup games also taking place.
Inspired by the Harleston Over 18’s and Over 40’s Vets winning performances, the
LX team started this game determined to reverse the results of recent years.
A storming start by the team pinned the Magpies back
in their half.
Nigel Spencer-Knott had a magnificent game at centre
half, instigating attacks, and intercepting all attacking passes from Magpies in
Brian Heelis at right half marked well, and
Sudesh Nayar at left half tackled well, and with well-struck
precision passes set up many attacks.
The middle forward trio of Graham George,
Martin Kavanagh and Adrian Stephenson
were more than a handful for the Magpies defence, and Adrian crashed home a tremendous shot to put
LX Club 1-0 ahead.
After which there were enough good chances to have
ensured an emphatic win by half-time for the LX Club.
In the second half the skilful Magpies player Peter Finnie, and Magpies first
team coach Les Howlett started to enjoy excellent runs into the LX defence, but
Gurney White at right back was totally uncompromising and always well
defensively positioned to defy the opposition forwards.
had one of his very best games for
LX, with positive kicking and diving saves, making an excellent contribution
towards the final winning result.
LX Club’s second goal was superb. Tony Williams, playing on the right wing for
LX, crossed with a pinpoint pass to Brian Woolcott
in the left winger’s correct position by the goalpost.
Inspired by Libby White’s
instructions “to get on with it”, Brian followed the order to the letter, and
coolly slotted home the clinching victory goal, to give LX Club a deserved 2-0
win against the strong Magpies opposition.
The after match hospitality was to the usual excellent Harleston Hockey Club
standards. The LX Club thanks Vaughn Dearling and Graham Ramm for umpiring the
game. The latter voted Sudesh Nayar
(LX) and Kim Steggles (Magpies goalkeeper) as ‘Men of the Match’.
Also acknowledgement is given to the LX Club
players’ wives who supported this game. Finally very special thanks go to Tony
Williams, the Match Manager, who organised everything, including two very well
balanced teams, choosing to play this time on the winning side!
Results overall now
– Harleston 5 wins, LX Club 4 wins, 2 draws.
LX Club Team
Squad: Nigel Dixon, Gurney White,
David Read (Capt), Brian Heelis,
Nigel Spencer-Knott, Sudesh Nayar,
Tony Williams, Graham George, Graham
Martin, Martin Kavanagh, Adrian Stephenson,
Match Report: David Read