LX O70s at Bedford November 10th 2021

The Grand Masters of England LX hockey club were summoned again by the honourable Roger Lomas to assemble on the playing fields of Bedford hockey club to enter into friendly combat.

Roger is the organiser of the growing number of 70s intra club fixtures and as usual did a magnificent job, despite being himself, being unable to play

Organising events like this are an enormous challenge and the LX club and the participants are extremely grateful to Roger. We are well into the hockey season and some regular club players may not have been available.

Nevertheless, four strong and finely balanced sides, (Roger is getting good at this) took to the excellent pitches at Bedford HC

A huge thank you to all the umpires, without whom no tournaments could take place.

Everyone arrived safely and enjoyed meeting new and old friends. Refreshments were ready and waiting for us all, which was a super start.

Each team played three games in a round robin tournament of 25mins per game. All the games were played in ‘the spirit of hockey’ and most enjoyable with an all- inclusive programme.

At the end of the day this was a very enjoyable event with good even teams, and a tremendous lasagne and cheesecake lunch. Many thanks are due to Rob Oakley for providing additional players (from Bedford H.C.). Also, to both Rob and his wife Margaret for providing the great pre & post- match catering arrangements.

Team captains who were appointed by Roger Lomas 

Team A Nick King

Team B Gavin Stones

Team C Patrick Martin

Team D Peter Newnham

Results:

Team A:  W1-D1-L1

Team B:  W1-D2-L0

Team C:  W0-D1-L2

Team D:   W2-D0-L1 Tournament winners

Team A Captain:  Nick King

Team A: W1-D1-L1

Team A: W1-D1-L1

Team A took a while to find each other’s best positions but started to move well together passing the ball around. The opposition closed down each attack and unfortunately the final score was 0-0.

Game 2, after a team talk, played in a very positive way with everyone supporting each other. The team grew stronger each move but unfortunately let in a soft goal making it 0-1 at final score.

Game 3 and another team talk was against the toughest opposition, on paper, but anything was possible. The team remained very positive and passed well between players and showed the team had a good spirit trusting each other in their efforts to show that now they knew each other’s style a goal was on the cards. A very good piece of teamwork with several short sharp passes from defence through the middle to the attack, which ended in a terrific goal. The opposition fought back and gained an equaliser which was deserved with the pressure they kept pressing onto the defence. The team with heads up started another attack which accumulated in another goal for us. Final score was 2-1 which was a fantastic way to finish the games.


Team B Captain: Gavin Stones

Team B: W1-D2-L0 

Team B: W1-D2-L0 

Back rowKeith RichardsonPaul BerendtAdrian StephensonRob CampbellPhil
Joyce
Brian
Smith
Peter Rushmere
Front rowSukhdev
Gill
Satvarg
Nijjar
Gavin
Stones
Richard
Wilsdon

Team B v Team A, Draw 0 -0

Despite the rather inclement weather, light drizzle, team B took to the pitch with eager enthusiasm.

Possibly due to a combination of the distances travelled to the event, the weather and playing with unaccustomed teammates, the match was very much a 50-50 contest with both teams looking to settle into their stride.  This provided a very even match with both teams testing their opposite number with Satvarg Nijjar at RW, supported by Phil Joyce at RH, testing team A’s LH defence, however despite several attempts by both teams neither was able to break the deadlock and so the game ended in a goalless draw.

Team B v Team C, Draw 2 -2, (Stephenson 1, Smith 1)

After a 5 – minute break and change of pitch, team B took on new opposition in the form of team C. This match proved more challenging than the first and team B conceded their first goal to the opposition, however, not to be deterred they then exerted greater pressure on their opposition and were rewarded with an equalising goal from Brian Smith. Further pressure was applied and a deflection from a defender’s stick, following a hard pass towards the D from Gavin Stones, found Adrian Stephenson who, with a quick reverse stick shot, planted the ball firmly in the opposition ‘s goal.   It was then the turn of the opposition to apply pressure which was rewarded when the ball ricocheted off two defender’s sticks to the oppositions CF who was positioned at the left-hand post and who then put the ball into the goal past Richard Wilsdon who was caught wrong footed by the deflection.  A tough game with a satisfying, although for team B a frustrating, result.

LX Over 70 Intra Club Bedford 10 November 2021

Team C report

v Team D – lost 0 – 1

Having been stuck in traffic and consequently arriving late and missing the inspirational team talk from our captain, my knowledge of the first half of our game against the D team is somewhat lacking. Suffice to say that we mostly defended and conceded a soft but well-placed goal midway through the game. As time moved on however, we began to string some decent passes together and managed to wake up John Ingram- Marriott in goal with a couple of well struck shots. 

v Team B – Draw 2 – 2

This was another closely fought contest, team C now playing much more cohesive hockey, Bollig in midfield was looking effective and with chairman, Denison up front chances were going begging. However, we fell behind but quickly equalised, when Cresswell found Glading lurking on the far post, to tap in.

Confidence was up but we again fell behind, when Berendt crashed a screamer into the circle, and Stephenson made a delicate deflection look simple and wrong foot our keeper. Despite lots of hard work, the B team’s defence held firm, but in the dying seconds an uncharacteristic error, after a hard ball in from Martin, allowed Glading to pounce just before the goalkeeper could recover.

v Team A – lost 1 – 2      

On paper this appeared to be the strongest opposition of the day, particularly with the speedy King up front. However, it turned into a bit of a midfield struggle with not too many clear goal scoring opportunities. Team A took the lead, but it was not long before we pulled back level with a well worked penalty corner routine. The ball was worked over to the right to Cresswell who picked out Denison on the far post, who calmly planted the ball into the goal. Our confidence was up but team A restored their lead and then should have made better use of a gift from us. These things happen unfortunately, a mis hit clearance picked out King, he did everything right except get his final shot on target. A bit more effort but we could not capitalise to get a draw.     

At the end of the day this was a very enjoyable event with good even teams, and a tremendous lasagne and cheesecake lunch. Many thanks are due to Rob Oakley and his team, as well as those that made the day a success.

Team Chris Bollig, Mark Cowell, Arthur Cresswell, Trevor Denison, Peter Glading, Gilbert Grace, Bob Hughes (GK) Patrick Martin (Capt), Dave Parratt, Colin Pearce, Nigel Spencer-Knott, Peter Wright     

Peter Glading

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Team B v Team D, Won 2 -0, (Stephenson 1, Campbell 1)

The third match found team B competing against team D, who were fresh from victories in their previous 2 matches. However, team B were not daunted by this and pressurised the opposition, keeping their defence and GK busy.  The pressure paid off when team B took the lead after Paul Berendt struck a strong pass from outside the 23 into the D for Rob Campbell to despatch it into the goal.  Spurred on by this Team B increased their lead a short while later with a 2nd goal when a deflection from a defender’s foot, directed the ball into the D where Adrian Stephenson, catching the goalkeeper unaware, calmly slotted the ball inside the LH post. Team D attempted to respond but were thwarted by the team B defence consisting of Keith Richardson, Peter Rushmere and Sukhdev Gill.

Team C Captain: Patrick Martin

Team C:  W0-D1-L2

Team C:  W0-D1-L2

v Team D – lost 0 – 1

Having been stuck in traffic and consequently arriving late and missing the inspirational team talk from our captain, my knowledge of the first half of our game against the D team is somewhat lacking. Suffice to say that we mostly defended and conceded a soft but well-placed goal midway through the game. As time moved on however, we began to string some decent passes together and managed to wake up John Ingram- Marriott in goal with a couple of well struck shots. 

v Team B – Draw 2 – 2

This was another closely fought contest, team C now playing much more cohesive hockey, Bollig in midfield was looking effective and with chairman, Denison up front chances were going begging. However, we fell behind but quickly equalised, when Cresswell found Glading lurking on the far post, to tap in.

Confidence was up but we again fell behind, when Berendt crashed a screamer into the circle, and Stephenson made a delicate deflection look simple and wrong footed our keeper. Despite lots of hard work, the B team’s defence held firm, but in the dying seconds an uncharacteristic error, after a hard ball in from Martin, allowed Glading to pounce just before the goalkeeper could recover.

v Team A – lost 1 – 2      

On paper this appeared to be the strongest opposition of the day, particularly with the speedy King up front. However, it turned into a bit of a midfield struggle with not too many clear goal scoring opportunities. Team A took the lead, but it was not long before we pulled back level with a well worked penalty corner routine. The ball was worked over to the right to Cresswell who picked out Denison on the far post, who calmly planted the ball into the goal. Our confidence was up but team A restored their lead and then should have made better use of a gift from us. These things happen unfortunately, a mis hit clearance picked out King, he did everything right except get his final shot on target. A bit more effort but we could not capitalise to get a draw.  

Team Chris Bollig, Mark Cowell, Arthur Cresswell, Trevor Denison, Peter Glading, Gilbert Grace, Bob Hughes (GK) Patrick Martin (Capt), Dave Parratt, Colin Pearce, Nigel Spencer-Knott, Peter Wright    

P Glading 

Team D Captain: PeterNewnham

Team D:   W2-D0-L1; Tournament winners

Team D:   W2-D0-L1; Tournament winners

The inspired, star- studded line up:

Goalkeeper: John Ingram Marriott

Back 3: Michael Cocks, David Ewing, Andy Holden

Middle 4: Suk (Sukhdev) Riyat, Graham White, Graham Colombe, Peter Newnham (Captain)

Front 3: Mike Rushmere, Lloyd Wood, Trevor Wood

From the first whistle of the first game, the Team D quickly gelled and played together as a unit. It is not appropriate to single out anybody in particular, for everybody ran tirelessly, covered superbly, attacked with flare, tackled with vigour, passed with pace and accuracy – it was a solid team performance.

John I-M was hardly needed in the first game against Team C and apart from one scare, we dominated play, creating many chances and scoring from a superb goal, Lloyd rifling in a shot after some great play down the left from Suk and Mike. A 1-0 win.

The second game, against Team A, continued in similar fashion though the defence had a busier time and John was actually called into action making some fine saves. But once again, countless penetrating attacks down both flanks led to more chances with Lloyd again scoring another fine goal. It could have been 2-0 if the captain, picking up a loose ball in the D had not tested a post rather than the goalkeeper. Nevertheless, a 1-0 win.

In the final game against Team B, right from the start we found ourselves under pressure and difficult to get out of our half. Having worked hard to repel a number of attacks, a speculative, hard, long ball to a Team B attacker, came off his stick, was deflected off our defender’s foot into the D and smartly despatched into the goal by the gleeful attacker. A lesson to all, as if we needed it – play to the whistle! A second well contrived and well taken goal put the game beyond us, but our team never gave up and pressed forward, winning short corners and having some good shots at goal. A 0-2 loss.

The games were played in good spirit and much enjoyed by all. Thanks to everybody and especially to Roger Lomas for making all the arrangements and for the superb post matches hospitality prepared and served by Rob and Margaret Oakley. Another great LX day!