Sunday 13th May 2012

‘Bury win Goal Bonanza’


The weather was superb for this rearranged fixture held at the excellent Culford School facilities, probably far better conditions than that normally experienced in February. 

LX started well and were well on top in the first half, and took a deserved lead half-way through the first half at 3-2 with excellent penalty corner injection with speed by Peter Danson, resulting in a goal from Nigel Spencer-Knott, and following some controlled LX play just outside the circle Peter Danson then scored by lobbing a shot at high level over LXer Alan Dures in the Bury goal, following an exquisite reverse stick pass from Graham Martin.  LXs domination of the first half was then further supplemented by an individual goal by Mike Surridge.
However, it was not all one way play, and the back four of LX, including Roger Girling and Nigel Steed were stretched to contain Bury attacks down the wings.
  With Mike Surridge and David Brampton on the LX wings and the mid-field trio of Richard Clarke, Ray Jeff and the previously mentioned Peter playing well, the foraying attacks of LXers John Grinham and Norman Ballard for Bury were generally resisted.  However at half time the score was 4-3 to the home team.
In the second half, Bury made a tactical change, moving Norman Ballard back to stiffen their defence, thereby denying the LX forwards goal scoring opportunities, further strengthening George Hazell’s ability to deny the LX forwards any goal scoring opportunities.
  With the LX team beginning to tire, Bury with their slightly younger team, gained advantage, and with Brian Woolcott playing for Bury on the right wing receiving a good supply of passes, eventually resulted in him scoring for Bury with an accurate low shot, despite the excellent defending of Chris Wildee in the LX goal.  The final score was a well deserved 6-3 win to Bury.

After the game, the usual high standard of hospitality was provided at the School by the Bury players, and many thanks are made to the contribution of Judy and Roland Beaney, Kay Hazell for her apple crumble, all well supported by Gillian and John Grinham.
Thanks were made to Mary and Alan Baker (Suffolk County Umpires Association) once again for their excellent umpiring.
  Finally tremendous thanks go to Alan Dures, who not to be deterred by the initial postponement of the game, rearranged it all at Culford School with great success.  Acknowledgement is made to all the supporters who came along, and Alan again for taking those interested around a short tour of Culford School.

LX Team:- Chris Wildee, David Read (Captain), Roger Girling, Nigel Spencer-Knott, Nigel Steed, Richard Clarke, Ray Jeff, Peter Danson, Mike Surridge, Graham Martin and David Brampton.

Match Report:  David G Read