LX CLUB v
HARLESTON SUPER VETS
Sunday 22nd March 2009
‘Great Game versus the
This twelfth annual
fixture between the two teams enjoyed lovely spring weather at the superb Club
facilities at Harleston with its two excellent pitches and clubhouse.
Williams, the LX Club Match Manager, had not only selected excellent weather,
but finally was able to select two well balanced teams, despite having to
reorganise the LX Club team several times because of recently arranged trials on
the same day.
The LX team got off to a strong start with the forwards on the attack, well led
by Adrian Stephenson and David Brampton.
It was from a long pass by the excellent Chris Perry, playing at right
back, that enabled Adrian to slip an accurate pass to David
Brampton, who crisply scored a superb goal from close range.
With the inside
forwards of Graham Martin and John Grinham ably covering the area between the 23
metre lines, Magpies’ creative players were prevented from making progress.
Tony Williams on the right wing enjoyed ‘jinking’ past his Club team
mates, sending across some excellent crosses which just evaded conversion into
The second half was mainly dominated by the Magpies, but the skilful
Terry Howlett at centre half, and rotations of David Young, Mick O’Malley and
Sudesh Nayar, generally managed to keep the forceful Les
Howlett and LXer Norman Ballard (guesting for Magpies) at bay.
the LX team tired Magpies got on top, and despite several valiant saves from
John Steward (guesting from Ipswich Vets) in goal, Magpies got the important
equaliser, when David Alexander’s fierce shot was well saved by the LX
goalkeeper, the ball being hit again into LX’s circle, and the tenacious Dick
Ling at centre forward deflected the ball into the top of the net.
Halls for Magpies then just hit wide with his shot, but LX Club with a really
positive team spirit just held on to achieve a very well deserved 1-1 draw.
Mention must be made of the very welcome assistance given by John Gordon,
who turned up to watch. John started as umpire, then turned his hand to
organising the substitutions and timings, which was very much appreciated by the
After the game, Magpies laid on a superb buffet prepared by Sue
Williams, plus very enjoyable desserts prepared by the wives of the Magpies
players. Many thanks go to the two
Harleston umpires, Vaughn Dearling and John Pestell, whose performances can only
be described as excellent. To date
the results are: Magpies 5 wins, LX
Club 4 wins, 3 games drawn.
The final thanks must go again to Tony Williams,
the LX Club Match Manager, given all the difficulties he had in getting two
teams of equal skills together on the day.
John Steward, Chris Perry, David Read
(Captain), David Young, Terry Howlett, Sudesh Nayar,
Mick O’Malley, Tony Williams, John Grinham, Adrian
Stephenson, Graham Martin, David Brampton.