LX Club  v  Canterbury HC

held on 8th September 2019 at Canterbury HC

Canterbury HC 3  v LX Club  1

Following the previous year’s abortive attempt to stage the first LX visit to Canterbury as a last minute replacement for the Ashford fixture, there was renewed determination to make sure that this year’s fixture succeeded.

And what a great day we all had. 

The Canterbury club boasts some excellent facilities, has a history of which it is justly proud with a photo gallery of past players to send a shiver down the spine of any opposition and sitting at the top of it all is President John Maylam!

 The 14 brave “young” lads representing LX were duly organised and braced  to withstand the expected onslaught from a strong looking Canterbury line up.

LX were forced deep into their own half and it quite naturally took a while for the men in red, white and blue to find some sort of rhythm and start gelling together.

All was going well until midway through the first half, a pass deep into the circle was deflected (some might say took a deflection, but as it was LX member and goal poacher Tony Jones, we’ll give him the benefit of any doubt) to put Canterbury one up.

Gradually LX were imposing themselves more on the game and by the second half were playing a higher game, pressing Canterbury and Mike Surridge went close with a couple of chances. Indeed he did put the ball in the net and had it not been for some rule about not kicking the ball into the net, it would have been the equaliser!

Sarosh Talati, Raj Bhirij and aspiring LXer Bobby Abdullah were driving LX forward at every opportunity and it was against the run of play that Canterbury broke through the LX ranks with some fine passing play finished off by that man Jones again to double their lead.

Jim Felix was having a good game in goal and in front of him a combination of Mike Patton, Steve Mills, Roger Girling, John Butler and Brian Murrill were proving a stern rearguard . Ken Wilcox was the anchor in midfield and John Michalik, Chris Billington and Brian Smith showed that true never say die spirit that was to always keep us in the game.

Indeed, the latter thought he had put the cat amongst the pigeons when his cross shot beat the Canterbury keeper, only for it to hit the angle of the post and bounce back from whence it came!

To rub salt in the wound, Canterbury went down the other end and Paul Sharratt duly dispatched a short corner to now go 3 up.

Like a cornered lion, LX roared back and it was not long before debut boy Abdullah got LX on the score sheet to at least secure a well deserved goal for this LX squad and give the final result a more realistic scoreline .

A very good game , played in the right spirit, umpired well, bathed in sunshine and all rounded off with a very nice meal in the Canterbury clubhouse.

Our thanks to John Maylam for organising the day and roll on next year !

Report by Roger Girling