After many weeks of snow and low temperatures it was a
delight to run out into warm sunshine without gloves and woolly hats, deep in
the Northumberland countryside.
With the opposition being largely the team that had won the game the day before, LX were obliged to rethink their strategy in order to compete. In an attempt to provide more options when in possession, LX opted for a four man midfield and a sweeper,
Andy Holden playing behind the full backs, Robin Mayes and Bill Pickersgilland with John Land dropping back to make the four in midfield. This arrangement immediately paid off as the Pallatics forwards found a resolute defence whenever they attacked and LX also had more options when attempting to clear their lines. Enjoying a greater share of possession, LX now had more control of the midfield and as they moved forward the attack carried more of a threat and the front two, Graham George and Peter Ross with Bill Warrender tucking in behind were seeing more of the ball. Territorially, Pallatics were on top but scoring opportunities were very limited and there was no score at the break.
Continuing the second half where they left off, LX forced a short corner but were unable to capitalise. Play was mainly in midfield but just as it looked as if LX could hold out for a draw, lost possession gave Pallatics the opportunity they had been looking for and Mike Fripp was unable to prevent the score. Pressing forward to try and equalise, LX created a couple of chances but were unable to convert.
All present agreed that this was yet another most enjoyable meeting at two good venues and all members thanked Andy Holden for his efforts in arranging opposition and first class accommodation.
Squad: A. Holden;
M. Fripp; R. Mayes;
Your correspondent; Bill Warrender