LX O65s 1 V 1 Chairman’s XI
With the sun beating down on the players as they lined up to walk out for the third fixture of the Saturday programme, the air temperature in the Lakes was building to be an unaccustomed furnace! The spectators were also loving the weather!
The 65s LX team set up with Steve Crute and Jeff Jackson in the screen in front of Peter Reid, Stuart Forrest and Graham Stuart in defence with Martin Ferrett minding goal. The aim was to nullify the array of talent amassed from the combined cream of the LX 60’s, Scottish Thistles and Border Reivers. The game was competitive from the off, with some excellent hockey from both teams as they probed and pressed to find a weakness during the first quarter. The Chairman’s team had more of the possession but were unable to make it count with Tony Neeve, Mike Leatt and Chris Bollig closing the gaps but that meant there were slim pickings for Peter Glading and Paul Bateson up front. Martyn Ward was being rotated through the positions by ‘manager’ John Housham to good effect. The pattern continued in the second quarter as the game opened up a little. Ferret was called into action and Bateson teased the defence as our forwards saw more of the ball.
A welcome break at half time and a change of strategy by LX to wing backs and a midfield diamond was intended to force the opposition wide and cash in on turnover. It was from such a moment, that Neeve gained possession and surged forward in the left channel to play the ball inside to Leatt who took the defence right and slipped the ball back into the path of Neeve taking the pass in his stride and with his next touch firing the ball from the top of the D past the hapless keeper. The LX side were functioning well with Mick Huggon now in goal and marshalling the defence. The Chairman’s team continued to roll through the changes.
The score line remained that way until 5 minutes from the end of the final quarter when the opposition bundled the ball in after some ‘ping pong’ in the D. In a last-minute LX raid on the Chairman’s goal, Bateson beat 2 players along the baseline and fired the ball in past the keeper to hit the far post with Glading inches away from touching it in. A fair result overall.
LX 65s add their sincere thanks to Mike Patton and Dot for all their superb organisation. The lakes beckoned!