LX CLUB at Bowden
7th July 2012
LX Reds Over 60’s v the North Select. [Score,
LX 0 North Select 3]
This was the first time many of the LX Reds Over 60’s
selected for the Oxford World Cup had played together. Thorough preparation by
the Captain David Ewing ensured all team members knew of the approach to play
but, as with all new teams, there were the inevitable teething problems.
Playing against an enthusiastic, young and fit side the LX immediately found
themselves under pressure. The commitment of all players could not be faulted
but playing against a four man midfield the Reds were often put under pressure.
The defence held out well, with Martin Ferrett in goal having an excellent game.
Nevertheless a couple of defensive mistakes were capitalised on by the
opposition and the Reds found themselves 2 -0 down.
few short corners were earned by the LX attack but few scoring chances were
created in open play. A challenging
game saw the Reds concede another goal, finally losing by three goals to nil.
The Reds may have lost but it was an excellent game in preparation
for Oxford. The
skills of the players were examined as was their commitment under the hot summer
sun. Areas for improvement were identified and adopted in the following training
The match was followed by a splendid dinner at the Bowdon clubhouse
organised by Match Manager and LX Reds team member, Martin Ferrett. Thanks are
also due to Martin for a successful event.
Sunday, 8th August 2012.
Score LX 2
Deeside Ramblers 3
a typically convivial LX evening at Bowdon Clubhouse, it was the Reds who had
the early start down to rural Cheshire, and Deeside Ramblers, again to face a
younger, bigger and fitter opposition. The banter with their centre forwards,
Rhino and Psycho, can be easily imagined!
Before we started, skipper David Ewing had stern words following the 3 – 0 loss
at Bowdon: he was not happy: conceding goals is not part of LX Reds hockey. In
typical Yorkshire fashion a change of tactics was required. Two
forwards, four in midfield, and the back line to mark more tightly became the
pattern for the match and for the World Cup.
The opening minutes saw the Reds playing more as a team than the day before, and
looking bright. Unfortunately, that did not prevent two goals being conceded in
the first 15 minutes. Ramblers played a similar line up, but their pace saw them
able to get numbers in and around the Reds circle, their midfield coming through
strongly. For the first goal they simply made their physical presence in the
circle count. For the second, they took advantage of the LX defenders being
over-enthusiastic in joining the attack, and catching the Reds short-handed on
Before half-time a third goal was scored by the Ramblers. An
overhead pass thrown into space, missing out the midfield, led to the hard
running Ramblers attack stretching the Red’s defenders again. Martin Ferrett was
not able to repeat his heroics in goal from the day before.
Despite being three goals adrift at half-time the Reds were encouraged by
Manager Mike Patton saying there was much improvement from the Bowdon game and
the opposition described Parmjit Bolina as “unorthodox but damned effective”.
So, as the second half progressed it seemed to be the younger Ramblers who
suffered more from the midday heat. True, they missed opportunities to go
further ahead, as a result of wayward shooting, but increasingly the pressure
was coming more from the Reds. Paj Singh in particular took advantage of
seemingly having no-one to mark, and was coming through from left defence to add
further support in midfield.
The added pressure paid off. Firstly, it was persistence at a penalty corner
that saw David Sheridan’s involvement lead to a penalty stroke, emphatically
scored by Brian Hopkins.
The Reds were encouraged and pressure led to more penalty corners and
eventually success when Pami Bolina followed up a shot. Despite the keeper lying
down, Pami managed to achieve the impossible and force the ball under him.
Although it was too late to get an equalizer the Reds had some satisfaction at
winning the second half, and looking more of an improved unit having corrected
some of the deficiencies of the previous day. After the match the Ramblers
hosted an enjoyable lunch.