LX CLUB versus ASHFORD ANTIQUES
‘Masters’ hockey on a
Anybody wishing to participate in a game of hockey on a superb day would have
been present at this fixture.
With the sun glinting down from a blue sky onto the
North Downs and Wye Crown, the bells of St. Mary’s Church Kennington sounding in
the distance, a glass of local Kent beer on the clubhouse terrace, the day was
The LX team lined up against an Antiques team captained by LXer Gurney White,
the team being supplemented by some
players. LX was reinforced by Jamie Allen once again in goal, on loan from
In the first half the teams were well balanced, with the six LX forwards being
rotated very efficiently by Captain Sudesh Nayar, who gave a commanding
performance at centre half.
On the right wing, Gilbert Grace played with good
running, stretching Ashford’s defence, ably assisted on the left wing by
playing in his usual impeccable style.
One excellent cross from Mike Sprange, and another
one following a top class individual run from the half way line by Austyn
Leaverland, just evaded David Brampton at centre forward, and John Taylor, the
Ashford goalie, made two fine clearances.
Meanwhile on the opposition’s right side, Adrian Money
well marshalled Alan Paterson (RH) and Trevor Hughes (RW) who had space to
It was slightly against the run of play when Brian
slipped a neat pass to the elusive Tony Jones (LXer) who scored with finesse to
put Ashford 1-0 ahead.
In the second half, LX improved their passing, and with Jamie Allen in
commanding defensive circle form ably assisted by
who with his usual stalwart performance, enabled LX to push forward particularly
strong running gaining
some six penalty corners.
From one of these
scored with a fierce shot, following David Brampton’s
Ashford then hit a post, but excellent covering by
Max Hamber at right half cleared the danger, to end the game with a 1-1 result.
It was excellent to see good support, particularly
from the LX Club’s new Chairman, Imtiaz Mahmood-Sheikh,
who despite his recent operation turned up to encourage the team, together with
all the ladies who attended.
The day ended with the usual excellent Ashford hospitality and thanks were given
to Tony Post and his catering team, plus LXer
and Ian Thomas (Ashford) who umpired so well.
Finally no game can be arranged without a good
Match Manager, and Keith Hedley
was very warmly applauded at
length by all for all his hard work in making the occasion so enjoyable.
LX team:- Jamie Allen, David G. Read,
Max Hamber, Sudesh Nayar
(Captain), Adrian Money,
Gilbert Grace, Mike Sprange, Peter Ross,
David Brampton, Austyn Leaverland, Brian Woolcott.
David G. Read