LX Midweek Visit to Northumberland 

Wednesday 21st March 2012

 Morpeth Reivers 3 v LX 3

After long drives to Morpeth the LX team prepared themselves for the annual challenge from the Reivers. The match was played in bright weather conditions heralding the onset of spring in the north. The ever youthful cattle thieves provided strong opposition for an LX side with only two players younger than 65 years. Nevertheless, the LX pattern of play retained possession and mounted attacks in the early part of the game. The midfield of Richard Clarke, Peter Danson and Bob Pursehouse built good moves to supply Peter Ross and John Land on the wings. Good crosses provided Rod Cochrane with a number of opportunities for strikes at goal.  However, against the run of play, the Reivers managed to get players behind the LX defence and set up a goal to take an early lead. The LX wide defenders, Bob Jameson, Andy Holden and Gurney White adjusted to prevent further attempts at goal. Martin Ferrett commanded his circle and was supported well by Bill Pickersgill and David Ewing. Undeterred, LX continued to play good possession hockey and managed to equalise as John Land skilfully diverted a cross from the right to level the scores.
Reivers struggled to match LX possession but were dangerous when they regained the ball and eventually took the lead from a short corner. The LX response was to pile the pressure on and a spectacular deflected goal by Richard Clarke from a cross from Peter Ross, on the right, brought the scores level as the ball hit the roof of the net. Seven minutes from the end John Land mis-hit a shot, from the edge of the circle, which found its way into the goal. An outstanding performance from Ted Hayes in the defence kept the Reivers at bay until they equalised with a wonder goal from a very narrow angle.

The teams adjourned to the clubhouse to enjoy the northern hospitality organised by Alan Evans. David Ewing thanked Alan for his organisation of the fixture. 

Later in the evening a group of twenty two LXer’s, wives and partners enjoyed a dinner at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, with Jim and Anne Standish, who supported both games.


Thursday 22nd March 2012

 Morpeth Reivers 4 v LX 3

After a morning of individual visits to the Quayside, St James’ Park, the North Tyne Valley, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, LXer’s were joined at The Parks by welcome reinforcements Alastair Robertson and Angus Brogdon. The Reivers also had strong newcomers and another close encounter followed with LX being under greater pressure throughout the game. Nevertheless, LX was dominant for the first ten minutes with good links between the midfield and forwards but the Reivers took the lead. LX equalised as Angus Brogdon dribbled down the right, deep into the circle and passed from close range across the goal for Rod Cochrane to tap in at the far post. The Reivers took the lead again as the LX defence was stretched. The lead was short lived as John Land scored from a clinical short corner routine; short passes from left to right around the circle led to a Brogdon square pass being converted from close to the penalty spot. Despite strong contributions from Alastair Robertson and Ted Hayes LX lost control and the fitness and speed of the Reivers got the better of the LX defence. Reivers converted two more goals during a period of dominance as LX sacrificed the passing game for dribbling. However, a third goal was scored by Peter Ross as LX fought their way back into the game. Time ran out and the Reivers were pleased to secure the win. Nevertheless, LXer’s can be pleased with their performance against considerably younger opposition. After the game both teams enjoyed a roast dinner at The Wooden Doll, overlooking the mouth of the Tyne, as the sun set after a beautiful early spring day.

LX Team with host Alan Evans