Khalsa 1 LX 2 (10/10/21)
After the trauma of organising a team for this fixture it was pure joy to get out on the pitch with fourteen players fit and keen to play. The original squad were decimated by injury and Covid isolation. I am very grateful to Chris Blake, Ian Hill and Smokey Atwal for offering up their services at the last moment.
The LX team started on the front foot with the starting midfield of Welch, Hall, Bickell and Dehl pushing determinedly towards the Khalsa D. Coleman was making useful runs and Dennison and Li were chasing up and down the wings very effectively. Khalsa were relying on breaking down the LX attacks and unleashing long balls to their forwards waiting in the opposition half. The LX three across the back were Hill, Willis and Robinson and they managed the long ball attacks very successfully.
During the first half there were moments of danger but these three made sure that Fenlon in the LX goal was not called into action too often. Whenever he was he didn’t put a foot wrong, clearing his D swiftly and firmly. After twelve minutes LX were able to ring the changes. Dehl took a break and Seymour joined the rampant midfield. LX pressure paid off shortly after this change when we won a short corner. We had discussed three options and Welch and Coleman were our main men. They opted for the straight strike. Hall pushed out, Welch made the stick stop and Coleman struck home, 0-1!
The game continued in a similar manner and further substitutions were made. Atwal came on for Dennison and Blake for Hill. They fitted seamlessly into our pattern of play and we continued to dominate possession. Khalsa were excellent when they had the ball with their skilfull players causing a few headaches in and around our D but LX had the work rate with all the midfield getting back to support the defenders and regain the ball. The second goal came about from a left wing cross skipping across the circle, Coleman very niftily touched it past their keeper. 0-2!
At half time the team talk was easy for Seymour as he urged his team to produce more of the same. The only reservation was for the defence to keep a weather eye on the Khalsa forwards who were hanging high up the pitch. The second half soon proved this warning to be relevant. A long hopeful ball from the Khalsa defence was unfortunately deflected by Atwal as he stretched to cut it out. The deflection proved to be our undoing as it fell to a Khalsa forward. Into the circle and a well struck ball hit the back of the net. 1-2!
For the rest of the match the LX team tried to restore their two goal cushion but to no avail. We managed the greater share of possession and the defence performed their role admirably. Khalsa managed a few short corners which came close but they either went just wide or were stoutly defended and cleared. It was a most enjoyable game, played in the friendliest of spirits. We left Warwick School and headed to the Khalsa clubhouse and their legendary hospitality and curry. We were not disappointed! Thank you Khalsa!