LX CLUB versus WARLOCKS
Sunday 28th February 2010
‘A Tale of Two Halves’
This LX Club traditional fixture held at the
Despite a pessimistic heavy rainfall prediction, all thirteen players invited to play turned up, starting with an inspirational pre-match briefing by Captain Richard Clarke, who decided to implement a flexible 4-2-4 formation, based on the player skills available to oppose the always formidable Warlocks. It was excellent to see three newer members, Peter Danson, Brian Stokes and Neil Stone in the LX Club team.
The first half began with the LX Club being dominant, and goal-bound shots from Bob Grenside and Peter Danson went near to securing an early lead. However, against the run of play, Warlocks’ centre-forward, Iain Baxemdine, scored a goal from a penalty corner, with an unfortunate defensive deflection leaving Barry Sewell stranded in the goal.
However, LX Club continued the overall pressure with
The second half was dominated by Warlocks with the youthful skills of John Smith and Richard Slator, who together with the Warlocks centre back, Gavin Stone, gave the LX Club little opportunity to get near the opposition’s goal. Mike Sprange, one of LX’s squad, who was loaned to Warlocks, and played on the left wing, hit the LX goalpost, plus nearly scoring with another good shot. Colin Pinks, who performed superbly, saved a goal in the cause of necessity to avoid facial injury, getting his stick upwards after a penalty corner, to deflect the ball over the top of the LX goal.
The Warlocks pressure continued, and eventually the
unmarked Stewart Neville-Rutherford on the right wing struck a tremendous shot
past Barry Sewell, with the LX defence expecting a pass to the top of the
No LX Club fixture can be arranged without considerable
contribution from several sources, and acknowledgement is given to the two
LX Club squad: