LX CLUB at Welsh Dragons Festival

21st - 22nd July 2012

Saturday 21 July 2012

LX Reds Over 60’s v the Midlands

Suddenly it was summer in Swansea and an early start no longer seemed a bad idea. The Midlands were our first opponents and a dour first half was goalless despite the dribbling efforts of Balbir Singh Sarai of the Midlands. Matters livened up somewhat in the second half however and goals from Pami Bolina, John Smith and Oz Harris gave the final score line a much more comfortable look with a 3-0 win for the Reds.

LX Reds Over 60’s v LX Over 65’s Reds

Next up was the Over 65 Reds and clearly their approach was to prevent the Over 60’s from scoring by operating a packed defence and relying quick breaks to chance a goal. The game was a tense, tight and frustrating affair with the Over 60’s down to nine men for part of the game as a result of the umpires flashing cards. However, a well struck first half short corner from Tim Block put the youngsters ahead. Bill Goodridge, who was guesting in goal for the Over 60’s on this occasion, clearly took great delight in saving a penalty flick from his regional team mate Mike Harris. Bill went on to make another great save from a stunning shot from Imtiaz, before the 60's finally condescended to allow the 65's an equaliser late in the game.

LX Reds v Welsh Dragons Blacks 

The final game of the first day was against potential World Cup opponents, the Welsh Dragons Blacks and to add a little spice to the proceedings, they were allowed to take the lead! Suddenly however it didn't feel so good and an element of urgency was brought into play. Thus it came to pass that goal machine Bolina scored twice to see the suntanned Reds back to the hotel for a well earned bath and beer after a satisfactory start to the tournament.

In the evening a dinner arranged by the Dragons was enjoyed by all. 

Roger Girling

Swansea, Wales. Sunday 22 July 2012

LX Reds O60s v Welsh Dragons Red  (O60s)    Result: LX O60’s  1    Wales Dragons Red O60’s  3

The first match for the LX O60s on the second day was against Wales Dragons Red (O60s). The Welsh team started brightly and scored early in the first half from a free hit which appeared to have been awarded outside the 23 metre line but was taken from inside . The ball was fired directly into the circle catching the LX defenders by surprise and then deflected into the net before any interception was attempted. After this rather unfortunate beginning the LX team settled down and played with increasing confidence. As a result of some pressure in the Welsh circle a penalty corner was awarded and Parmjit Bolina slotted the ball home to level the scores. For the remainder of the half LX mounted a series of attacks coming close with a shot over the bar from Brian Hopkins following a smart pass by Alastair Robertson and a desperately close call for the Welsh ‘keeper from a cross by Paj Singh.
In the second half LX continued to compete well but the Welsh team increased their efforts and this led to the award of two penalty strokes for infringements on or near the goal-line. Both of these were converted leaving them as worthy winners on the day, despite a spirited performance from the LX team.


LX O60s v  West (O60s)       Result: LX O60  1    West O60s  0

In the final match of the Dragons Festival LX O60s were playing against a West O60s team, which included a sprinkling of under 60s players in its ranks. The game was fairly even for the first 15 minutes or so and then the LX captain, David Ewing was unfortunate enough to sustain a back spasm which forced him to leave the field. The hastily re-arranged team soon contrived to create a goal when, following a swift interchange of passes on the left wing between David Sheridan and Alastair Robertson, David fired the ball across to Oz Harris, who guided it into the goal at the far post via a defender whose inadvertent deflection ensured that the goalkeeper had no chance of saving the shot.
In the second half LX remained comfortably in control for most of the time and possibly should have added to the 1-0 score line but were grateful to guest goalkeeper, Colin Kimber, for making a brilliant save towards the end of the match to preserve the lead and ensuring that the week-end would be concluded on a satisfactory note.

Brian Hopkins