Windermere Weekend 25th & 26th April 2009

Keswick & West Cumbria Vets  0  v.  LX Club  0

As the Lake District enjoyed  pleasant spring weather  LX were intent on following up last years convincing performances and this game began with LX immediately going on the offensive and attacking down both wings. Peter Sharpe was proving a thorn in the side of the Vet’s and providing a string of quality crosses it appeared to be inevitable that a goal would come. Alan Dures in goal was a virtual spectator and George Hazell and David Read were well able to deal with any potential threat. The Vet’s defence was under heavy pressure and Adrian Stephenson and Peter Ross went close in open play but LX struggled to get a quality strike in from a series of short corners and the half time whistle went with the score still at 0-0.

On the resumption LX continued in the same vein, feeding the wings and maintaining the pressure but failing to create a really decisive breakthrough. A number of sharp chances fell to the forwards but the ball always ran the wrong side of the post or brought a good save from the busy Vets ‘keeper. With LX pushing forward for the winner they were almost caught out by a quick breakaway but Alan Dures in goal was equal to the situation.

Lakelanders  2  v.  LX Club  1

On another pleasant Lakeland morning, LX found their opponents for the day strengthened? by the inclusion of LX’ers Jim Standish, Andy Holden, Bill Warrender and Graham Martin.

Intent on building on the performance of the previous day LX were nearly caught out as the Lakelanders put some neat passing movements together and found space in the LX ‘25’. Good goalkeeping from Alan Dures and sound defensive play involving David Margerison and Jim Tranter prevented any score. With Bob Pursehouse and David Wright prompting from midfield LX were able to move out of their own half but too many passes were being cut out before opposing defenders were in trouble. With the half time break approaching LX were finally undone when a speculative ball into the circle was deflected past the ’keeper by Graham Martin.

Early exchanges in the second period were more even and LX threatened the Lakelanders goal getting in a couple of good shots which were well saved by Jim Standish. Raiding down the left LX finally equalised when a firm cross into the circle was deftly guided home by Gerald Wilkinson.

Stung by this reverse, Lakelanders moved forward with more purpose and began to find space behind defenders. LX were lucky to survive when a deflection hit the bar but the continuing pressure finally told when the LX defence were outnumbered and a fierce shot gave Alan Dures no chance.

Once again the weather was kind and all involved enjoyed a first class meal and LX comradeship in the Briery Wood Hotel. Bob Pursehouse offered a vote of thanks to Andy Holden for yet another great weekend in the Lakes!

Squad; Alan Dures; George Hazell; David Margerison; John Longden; David Wright; Jim Tranter; David Read; Peter Sharpe; Gerald Wilkinson; Adrian Stephenson; Bob Pursehouse; Peter Ross:

LX’ers Andy Holden, Graham Martin, Jim Standish and Bill Warrender played for the Lakelanders in Sundays game.

Tour Manager;  Andy Holden
Correspondent; Bill Warrender

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