shining and the Lake district looked ever more welcoming as LX gathered for a
two day hockey tournament involving 5 teams.
With Pallatics having travelled over from the
area and already playing earlier against a South Lakeland XI, LX took to the
field full of enthusiasm after the long trek north.
This state of mind was very short lived as within 2 minutes of the start
they found themselves a goal down when confusion in the goalmouth gifted
Pallatics the opening goal. Matters then went from bad to worse as LX repeated
the error and within 5 minutes found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0
scoreline. Struggling to bring order to the situation required a period of
stability retaining possession and bringing everyone into the game but captain
Ray Jeff found it hard to establish a sound base as simple passes went astray.
With Mark Watson, David Read, Alan Jackson and John Longden making up the
rearguard and Peter Danson, Ray Jeff, Bob Purshouse and John Land filling the
midfield, it should have been possible to work the ball forward to Graham Martin
and Gerald Wilkinson but it was proving very difficult to find their own men and
Pallatics stayed well on top improving their goal tally to 5 by half time.
Determined to improve on the first half performance, LX began
the second period with a renewed vigour and endeavoured to put pressure on their
Passes at last were finding their target and the forwards
were getting a supply of ball but it was still proving difficult to deliver into
the circle with a chance of bringing the ‘keeper into action. Defensively, the
rearguard was much more composed and Alan Dures was under less pressure. Just as
it appeared as if LX could hold out without conceding further, Pallatics pounced
to put a final nail in the LX coffin.
Keswick & West Cumbria
As the early morning rain cleared, LX took to the
field in determined mood. Operating again with a 4-4-2 system they were
immediately into their opponents half with slick interpassing and forced an
early short corner. Mark Watson receiving slipped the ball to John Land whose
fierce shot whistled past the left hand post. Keswick were well in the game and
carried play to LX but the defensive unit of Read, Longden, Jackson and Watson
were well able to deal with any threat and provide the midfield with a steady
supply of good possession. Graham Martin and Gerald Wilkinson were prominent up
front working hard to break down the Keswick defence. Both sides created chances
but at half time there was still no score. For the second period Andy Holden
came on in place of Alan Jackson and play continued in a similar vein, both
sides working hard and playing enterprising hockey. After 20 minutes LX were
unfortunate to finally concede when Keswick were able to profit from a dubious
penalty corner award. LX heads did not go down and play continued to be fast and
open, LX striving manfully to get on level terms. Both sides created further
scoring opportunities but at the final whistle the score remained 1-0. This was
a much better performance by LX after the disappointment of the previous day.
The hockey was of a high standard and a credit to both sides. It was also good
to see Jim Standish back in attendance acting as Team manager on both days and
taking care of LX organisation!
All present enjoyed another great stay at the Briery Wood
Hotel and the Saturday evening dinner was enjoyed by all. Thanks were once again
expressed on behalf of the members by Bob Purshouse for Andy Holden’s efforts in
putting together another top quality weekend.
Squad: A Dures; D Read; M Watson; J Longden;
A Jackson; R Purshouse; R Jeff; P Danson; J Land; P Ross;
G Wilkinson; G Martin:
manager: J Standish.
Match Manager; A Holden;
Correspondent; B Warrender