LX CLUB versus HAVANTS VETS
15th JUNE 2008
1 – 2
‘Positional play by
left wingers dictates result’
This game, organised jointly by
Peter Ross and John Davey twice a year, lived up to its reputation
as always being very enjoyable and closely contested as in previous fixtures.
LX Club started excellently, with Brian Tubb, confidently
playing at centre half, distributing passes with accuracy, to feed the eager LX
Both Tom Darlington
and the elusive David Brampton hit several good shots, which were well saved by
the Havant keeper.
However, Havant slowly got back into the game and the resolute John Longden and
the resilient John Truman, the latter playing for the first time in a year, had
to tenaciously defend on the left side of defence.
It was against the run of play when Alec Heygate for
the opposition, who fell after striking a fierce shot, which was well saved by
Tim Pollard, but Chris Telling, following up, struck the ball
over the fallen forward to put Havant 1-0 ahead.
Alan Jackson, playing skilfully with strong running,
gave Peter Ross on the right wing
good opportunities, and LX went close to scoring on several occasions.
After half time and playing up the slope LX had even more possession and
Tom Darlington and Adrian Money
had good shots well saved by the opposition goalkeeper.
However, a brilliant LX move eventually brought a
well deserved goal; Brian Tubb passed to the tireless John Widgery, enabling the
irrepressible Peter Ross
to sprint down the right wing, then Alan Jackson, with excellent dribbling
skills, threaded his way across the top of the circle, and Tom Darlington, as cool as ever, positioned by the
opposition’s right post, received a precise pass to score.
The game was settling into a deserved 1-1 draw, when a penalty corner was
awarded to Havant.
The ball was cleared, but was struck back into LX’s
circle, where Clive Lloyd for Havant, in the left wing slot on the right LX goal
post, tapped in a simple goal to give the home team a 2-1 win in the final
After the game both teams adjoined to the Clubhouse, to
once again enjoy Mary Davey’s famous steak and ale pie.
There was a rumour of a John Davey pie this year, but this was allegedly
vetoed by the LX team!
Thanks go to the two
umpires, John Silver and Colin Herbert, the Havant Vets team for their superb
hospitality, and again to Mary Davey and Anthea Ross for the food, with help
from Wendy Jackson, plus John Davey
who unfortunately could not play due to a virus possibly picked up in Barcelona,
and Peter Ross for organising once
again this very enjoyable fixture.
Team: Tim Pollard, David Read,
John Truman, John Widgery, Brian Tubb, John Longden,
Peter Ross (Capt.), Alan Jackson, David Brampton, Adrian Money, Tom
LX Match Manager: Peter Ross
Match Report: David Read