Sunday 14th October 2012

LX North  3   LX Others  5 

After the usual prompts an LX North v LX Others materialised so we finished with 23 LX members and their guests appearing to enjoy the traditionally good weather LX events always have in Sheffield.

Sadly the organiser's curse had struck again. A ball on my toe in a game the day before left me a cripple and unable to play, so Sheffield's septuagenarian Gordon Gillott was drafted in to do a marking job on Brian Woolcott.

Dividing the players between North and Others gave us two reasonably balanced sides, albeit with one or two in unusual positions. The average age of both teams was nearer 70 than 65 with only two over 60s in the line ups. There were five five over 70 in LX North and three in Others. With the same players next year would see a split of six to five! It was also great to see Jim and Anne Standish supporting the fixture.

After the customary coffee and cake to slow people to a similar level and a careful working out where to play everyone, the first half was was nip and tuck.

LX Others took the lead with a customary early goal from David Thompson. John Donnelly and Bill Warrender then replied in quick succession to put LX North into the lead. Trevor Dennison skippering the Others then equalised from a short corner and Graham Martin, who seems to save his best for Sheffield, finished off a flowing move with an exquisite touch to put the Others back in front. The half finished all square after Richard Yardley had gone on a mazy run and laid the ball off to David Margerison who slotted the ball home coming in from the right wing. 

The second half was not quite such a goal fest with both defences taking a firmer grip. Rod Cochrane enjoyed himself as sweeper and didn't fall over as much as usual. He was well supported by Geoff Furneaux in the Others defence while Bill Pickersgill and David Blackmore  were solid in the the North team. The crucial point of the match  was  when North struck a post from a short corner. From the rebound the Others swept up field, led by Ray Jeff, and Trevor Denison finished off with another crisp shot. North pushed for the equaliser but left themselves open to breakaways, and with two minutes to go a shot was stopped on the line by a foot. David Thompson put away the stroke to give the Others a 5-3 win.

 Everyone then retired for a carvery lunch with partners and a pleasant time was had by all with the usual LX camaraderie and banter much in evidence. Trevor Denison gave a vote of thanks to yours truly and to Abbeydale for hosting the event.  A number of people travelled over 200 miles from North and South to be there, a fantastic effort and shows how much LX members enjoy these intra-club events.

LX North     LX Others  
David Blackmore   Laurie Alcock
Peter  Danson   Rod Cochrane
John Donnelly   Trevor Denison
Martin J Ferrett (GK)   Geoffrey Furneaux
Gordon Gillott (guest)   Mike  Gale
Ted Hayes   Frank Hardy
Andy Holden   Ray Jeff
David Margerison   Graham Martin
Colin Pearce   David Thompson
Bill Pickersgill   Chris Wildee(GK)
Bill Warrender   Brian Woolcott
Richard Yardley