This was very much about “getting to know you” as eleven new LX members made
their first “competitive” appearances for the club. In no particular order;
Ian Hill, Ian Mackie, Alan Walton, Jeremy Cooke, Andy Cutting, Rob Glover,
Martin Wright, Lakbir “Smokey” Atwal, Fraser Black, Andy Bland and Terry
Duffy all made the journey to Salisbury where they were met by “old hands”
Andy Cox, John Smith, Steve Foster, Mike Wingent and Graham Small. 
The first quarter proved challenging as we struggled to remember each
other’s names, nerves and unfamiliar circumstances took their toll and we
conceded two goals without posing much of a threat at the other end. It’s
amazing what a drink of water and a quick chat can do as LX started the
second quarter in much better fettle and soon opened their account through
Andy Cutting. We maintained our composure, grew in confidence and it was
only a matter of time before Fozzy netted from a short corner to bring the
scores level at half time. Someone must have lit Winge’s blue touch paper in
the interval as within minutes of the re-start he had scored one with a
baseball-style smash at head height and a second blockbuster which dribbled
past a confused goalie (the mis-hits are always the best!). Terry scored our
fifth towards the end of the third quarter and LX was now looking like a
well-drilled outfit that had been playing together for years. Indeed after
the game one of the opposition likened us to the Barbarians rugby team,
making instinctive passes into space in the knowledge that a colleague would
be on the other end! The final quarter started with LX in full control and
our dominance of the midfield was rewarded by a beautiful Ian Mackie short
corner strike which snuck just inside the post. Two sloppy errors in the
closing minutes allowed Artefacts to pull the final score back to 6-4. 
Overall this was a most enjoyable afternoon spent in the company of new
friends in the Wiltshire sunshine. Our thanks go to Artefacts for providing
both umpires, a well-contested match in true “Masters” spirit and some very
welcome beers once they had their covid-friendly bar organised on the
clubhouse terrace (see attached photo.)
£95 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease charity.

Smoggy

Graham Small
LX England HC Fixture Secretary
fixturesecretary@lxhockeyclub.co.uk
07843 857320