The Yorkshire Weekend   12th/13th June 2010

Nomadics  2  v.  LX  0

With one of the Nomadics failing to appear, LX loaned Ray Jeff to the opposition as a temporary measure. Opening strongly, LX were soon on the attack and Nomadics were hard put to keep the eager forwards at bay. Prompted by Dave Ewing and Bob Purshouse in midfield, LX had their fair share of the ball but the forwards were having to work hard to find space. Building on sound defence LX created a number of good chances from both wings, Rob Allchin being especially prominent on the right. After failing to capitalise, LX then fell behind, somewhat against the run of play, when a poor defensive clearance conceded possession in the 22 metre zone and the ball was hit into goal past an unsighted Alan Dures.

Turning round a goal down, LX raised the tempo and Nomadics, marshalled at the back by David Margerison were forced to concede a number of short corners but LX were unable to take advantage.

Following the pattern of the first half, Nomadics mounted a number of threatening  attacks, with Richard Yardley prominent and could have extended their lead but the defensive unit of Alan Jackson, Andy Holden and Robin Mayes held firm. Play was then held up for a spell when David Ewing was forced to leave the field and Ray Jeff reverted to LX, leaving Nomadics a man short. Nevertheless they moved further ahead when LX conceded another unfortunate goal, the Umpires failing to spot a short corner infringement. With time running out LX tried manfully to restore some degree of reality to the scoreline but were left to rue their own missed chances.

Yorkshire Select  1  v.  LX  2

Starting out with the same line up that had finished the previous day, LX were again first out of the blocks and pressurising the ‘Select’ defence who were strengthened with the inclusion of LX’er David Higham. Barely 5 minutes into the game, LX were denied when a flick from Bill Warrender was kept out by a defenders foot and the resultant penalty stroke was off target. To make matters worse LX then fell behind at a penalty corner when a shot at goal was deflected in by an unmarked attacker. Stung by this reversal LX moved forward with more purpose and were soon back on level terms. Ray Jeff stealing possession in midfield and finding Graham Martin who drew his defender before laying the ball into the path of Bill Warrender, who swept the ball into goal. Back on level terms, LX were now in more confident mood and the ‘Select’ defence were stretched but managed to hold the score at 1-1 until half time.

Beginning the second period in the same vein, LX restricted the ‘Select’ attack to sporadic forays into their half and the LX midfield with Ted Hayes, Ray Jeff and Peter Danson were providing a good supply of ball to the forwards. LX won a succession of short corners which were generally unproductive until Peter Danson decided to flick the ball into goal past the startled ‘keeper.

With their tails up, LX continued to press for a further score but in spite of more short corners and the ‘Select’ losing the services of David Higham with a muscle strain, the score was still 2-1 at the final whistle.

The LX party and some of the Nomadics enjoyed a first class meal at the Ilkley Vaults and on Sunday at the Adel club, Linda Margerison produced another of her superb lunches, which have become a feature of the Yorkshire weekend,, this time in spite of emergency cooking arrangements.

A vote of thanks was given on behalf of LX’ers present by Bob Purshouse in his own inimitable style

LX Squad;  A Dures; A Jackson; D Ewing; P Danson; R Mayes; R Purshouse; G Martin; T Hayes;      R Allchin; A Holden; R Jeff; B Warrender:
LX’ers appearing for the opposition; D Margerison; D Higham:

Match Manager;       David Margerison;  Your Correspondent;  Bill Warrender