LX CLUB versus ASHFORD ANTIQUES and
orchestrates excellent results from France’
LX Club (Chimps) 1
Ashford Antiques 1
LX Club (Gorillas) 5
Canterbury Senior Vets 0
who arranged these two games as usual, decided to take a rest after his starring
role as Alfred Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’, hoping ‘with a little bit of luck’
for LX, and passing the management of the fixtures into the capable hands of
In the first game against Ashford Antiques the LX Club
team settled down well in a balanced game with wingers Peter and
getting behind the opposition’s defence to set up good chances, which were saved
by the Ashford goalie.
The excellent running of Bob Grenside, supported by
the now much more mobile Austyn Leaverland, well recovered from his hip
operation and the technically sound and strong hitting of
created more chances for Brian Woolcott,
and Graham George
had an excellent game.
It was against the run of play when a breakaway Ashford
attack, via the inside left channel, resulted in a powerful shot being saved by
in goal, but the rebound was
slotted home giving Ashford a 1-0 lead.
Captain Bill Butcher encouraged the defence to mark
more tightly and Adrian Money at left back, and Rod Cochrane at sweeper
nullified any more serious attacks.
They were outstandingly supported by Gilbert Grace,
who gave the Canterbury
centre forward no opportunities and was nominated as the man of the match.
Justice was eventually done when Austyn Leaverland
skilfully dribbled across the circle and unselfishly laid a pass back to
at the top of the circle, to equalise the score to 1-1 in a game which was
enjoyed by all.
Ian Thomas (Ashford HC Chairman) and John Taylor,
Team: Nigel Dixon,
Rod Cochrane, Bill Butcher (Captain), Gilbert Grace, Adrian Money, Bob Grenside,
Austyn Leaverland, Peter
In the second game against Canterbury Senior Vets the LX
Club team combined together as well as in any game witnessed by the Match
Reporter this season.
The passing was precise and quick and everybody
played at the top of their ability.
on the right wing and
on the left played like youthful 60 year olds, dribbling past defenders, and
with the silky skills of Mike Surridge, Mick O’Malley, and Bob Grenside playing
even better than in his first game, goals soon flowed for LX.
Mick O’Malley scored twice and Mike Surridge
once, to give LX a 3-0 lead at half time.
Defensively nothing was given away, with fullbacks
and Gurney White intercepting and tackling brilliantly, along with the
and Robin Mayes
overlapping on the right, Canterbury
were pinned in their own half.
tapped in another goal at the right post position from a
penalty corner, and a brilliant solo run by Mick O’Malley sealed the game with a
5-0 win to LX.
Mention must be made of
who did get called into action twice when the irrepressible
did break through, but Alan coolly kept his goal intact.
Ian Thomas (Ashford HC Chairman), and John Widgery
Team: Alan Dures,
(Captain), Rainer Vogt,
Gurney White, Robin
Mayes, Mike Surridge, John Longden,
Tony Williams, Bob Grenside, Mick O’Malley,
Many thanks go to all involved in the arrangements,
especially Keith Hedley,
Bill Butcher, Tony Jones, and the catering team led by Tony Post, who prepared
an excellent three course meal.
A vote of thanks was given by
in response to Geoff Playford, always a stalwart Antiques defender and eloquent
It was good to see that everybody did their best to ‘get
to (the pitch near) the Church on time’.
Match Report: David Read