LX CLUB v WEST COUNTRY SELECT
Sunday 24th October 2010
‘Excellent Victory at the Sixth Encounter’
Result: LX Club 2,
West Country Select (WCS) 0
In absolutely glorious autumn weather the LX Club team
gathered in the week of the 50th
anniversary of the disastrous Exeter floods, determined that this year their
hockey ‘defences’ would not be overwhelmed.
The first half was fairly balanced with both teams playing end to end hockey. WCS were unlucky not to score, when left winger John Wilkins (Firebrands Embers) hammered a tremendous pass across the goal, met on the volley by Steve Cooke (Old Bristolians), who thundered his shot onto the bar with the LX defence looking on.
However, it was not all one way play, and Graham Martin
had excellent shots saved by Paddy Maher (LX & Isca) in goal, who also dived
superbly to stop several well struck penalty corners from
In the second half LX Club improved their game.
Alan Jackson, with his deft silky tackles, set up
the midfielders, Brian Tubb demonstrated yet another position in which to excel,
i.e. centre half, with
With three wingers available, the Captain was able to
switch the forward line, with
It was slightly concerning to see Peter Crayford (LX), playing for WCS, pushing forward from his centre half position, nonchalantly controlling the ball and laying off some excellent passes, but by then the LX forwards were dominant, and Richard Clarke, determined not to be on the losing side this year, drove forward with skill and passion.
The LX team in the second half had six penalty corners,
and two of these were converted into goals. Superb top of the circle stops by
Team: Barry Sewell
(GK), Alan Jackson,
Sincere thanks go to
Match Report: David G Read