LX CLUB  at Jersey

5th & 6th May 2012

Two Teams attended Jersey.

Martin’s Mature Marvels

Saturday 15.15 Vs Old Victorians   Lost 1-3

Team: Alan Dures; Alan Jackson; David Ewing; David Read; Nigel Spencer-Knott;     Richard Slator; John Grinham; David Durrrans; Graham Martin (Capt);Graham George; John Land; David Wilkinson; Bob Jamieson:

We were lulled early on into a false sense of security soon going 1-0 up from a very good team goal finished off by John Land.  However, almost immediately we gave away a soft goal failing to satisfactorily clear our lines,  then quickly conceded a second from a really unstoppable bullet of a shot.  At 2-1 down we were still competing well, but again failed to clear our lines and conceded a third goal.  In true LX spirit the game was played in a very good humoured manner with everyone doing their level best despite the unkind weather conditions and the considerably younger opposition!

Sunday 12.00 hours Vs Jersey   Drew 4 – 4

Having watched our other team draw 2-2 and feeling optimistic about our chances they were soon dented as the score all too quickly became 3-0 to our opposition.  Just before half-time we rallied to score from a short corner with a well taken flick from Richard Slator.  Shortly after half-time David Durrans sped down the right wing and provided a precision cross for Captain Martin to score and bring us right back into the game.  Unfortunately, this was shortly followed by a 4th goal from our opposition.  David Thompson came on to replace David Wilkinson and scored almost immediately with a very fine flick.  Our fourth goal and the final one of the match came from a goal mouth scramble finally pushed over the line from all of 3 inches by John Land.  Jersey then piled on the pressure but LX hung on – well done the old guys, even the Jersey players were impressed.

Martin's Mature Marvels

Reads Rebels 

On the Saturday Reads Rebels had the worst of the first half against Jersey Hockey Club and were three goals down as some new LX players took time to get used to each others games. However the captain changed the side around in the second half and LX turned in a much improved display and were the better side and if they hadn’t run out of legs on a sticky surface may have drawn the match. The only  reward for their efforts being a goal from a few yards out by Adrian Money after concerted LX pressure.  Lost 1-3

On the Sunday Reads Rebels  met an extremely youthful  Old Victorians side and gave a really good account of themselves and were unlucky not to be victorious.LX went in front from a Frank Colwiil thunderbolt from the top of the circle. Colwiill, an   LX guest , was suffering a bad knee injury and had to retire at half time. LX went in at half time a goal up after some excellent hockey. However they soon conceded in the second half only for David Thompson, a new  member, to score a fine goal in open play. With Goodridge making  a couple of fine saves LX were hoping for victory but eventually conceded to draw the match 2-2. John Longden received a rare accolade- praise from  Bill Goodridge, to be awarded our unofficial man of the weekend with sterling defensive displays , getting so low in the tackle as to receive a nasty blow on the head. Although everyone made worthwhile contributions  it was good to see new members John Ridings and David Thompson playing so well and thoroughly enjoying themselves while the ‘youthful’ John Smith provided a real presence at Centre half to hold the side together , particularly against our young Sunday

Squad:- Goodridge, Rowbotham, Pickering, Longden,  D B Read ( capt), Clarke,Smith, Ridings, Money, Colwill, Thompson, Woolcott, Durrans.

Reads Rebels

From the Tour Managers, Graham Martin and David Read
It was good to have so many new Jersey tourists, 25 players and 25 ladies.  A couple of our younger players Richard Slator and John Smith added some very much needed stability and speed to the centre of both teams.  The weather was not of the best but the party was very up-beat all weekend with ten of our ladies braving the weather and walking the 5 miles from the hotel to the pitch (coffee en route naturally!).  The hotel provided a very pleasant and relaxed dinner on Friday evening getting the weekend off to fine start. Following Saturday’s games, we all embarked by coach for The Moorings Restaurant in Gorey (by popular request of last year’s tourists) and once again we were served up with a delicious meal and superb wine.  Following our games on Sunday morning we imbibed of some local hospitality with our Jersey hosts.  Sunday evening saw us returning to June and Tim Pollard’s home where they managed to feed all 46 of us in their normal generous style and of course all the new tourists were entertained with a display of Tim’s magnificent train set.

Congratulations to everyone involved but especially Tim and June for making it once again a great weekend for everyone involved.
Mike Surridge