LX CLUB v Warlocks
Warlocks 3 - LX 3
On a wet and very windy afternoon the LX team of 11 gathered at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, to take on the Warlocks. An early sight of the Warlocks team sheet had suggested that they could be rather weaker than normal but the team sheet did not fully match the faces that turned up. Equally, the LX were not as strong as could have been due to injuries, England and Regional trials.
As it turned out the 2 sides were reasonably well matched but only after the LX decided to wake up and warm up. The first 10 minutes or so saw LX players making a lot of silly basic mistakes as well as developing a form of colour blindness mistaking white for red! As it turned out, and rather against the run of play at the time, it was LX who opened the scoring with a goal from Imtiaz Sheikh. It was not long before this was matched by Warlocks. As time passed the LX did gradually start to find their form and managed to start to apply some pressure resulting in a penalty corner. A slip to the right saw the ball returned, via a neat deflection, to Richard Slator unmarked at the top of the ‘D’ who put a firm shot past the Warlocks GK.
The second half started with LX very much in control as the young 20 something Warlocks central mid-field player had been replaced. However, LX were unable to capitalise on their advantage during this period which was then wiped out with the return of the young mid-fielder for the final 20 minutes. His return to the field saw Warlocks come back into the game and taking their 3rd goal. LX heads did not drop and, now playing much better hockey managed to gain another penalty corner. Again, it was the slip to the right that caused Warlocks a problem as a miss hit from Geoff Lucas saw the ball find its way to Imtiaz Sheik who made no mistake.
The game was brought to a close with everyone agreeing that it was a well balanced encounter with a draw being the correct result. It was also very timely as the heavens then decided to dump a lot of rain in a very short space of time. Thanks must go to the two umpires, Roy Woolley and Graham Beck who decided that the new rules would be used and controlled the game in admirable fashion.
It was then back to the Four Horseshoes for refreshments and Warlocks hospitality before players started their journeys home.
Team: Eric Best, Nigel Guppy, Geoff Furneaux, Brian Perryman, Zahid Arain, Des Legg, Richard Slator (Capt), Geoff Lucas, Imtiaz Sheikh, Paramjit Bolina, Tony DeSouza (guest & prospective Member)