LX CLUB v HARLESTON ‘MAGPIES’
star in East Anglia’
LX Club 1
– Harleston 2
This long running and always closely
contested enjoyable fixture was arranged once more after a year’s break.
Whilst the farming community who are part of the Magpies
are urgently seeking rain at this time, the match was played in excellent
conditions on the superb water-based pitch.
During the initial part of the game, Magpies pressurised the LX back four of
David Young, George Hazell, Nigel Steed and David Read, and with
in tremendous form, the opposing team (Captained by LXer Les Howlett), defied
the opposition for some twenty minutes.
However, a penalty corner eventually led to a
Magpies’ goal, after
Alan Dures had parried a fierce
shot, but Roger Kent for Harleston had positioned himself by the LX right post
to scramble home a goal.
Despite this set-back, LX were not deterred, with
excellent running on the wings by Bob Grenside and Tony Jones, but Kim Steggles
in the Magpies goal was on top form, even to the extent of surprising his fellow
players, to deny the LX forwards and midfield from scoring.
The midfield of
LX were by now driving the game, with John Grinham at centre midfield playing
superbly, well supported by Mike Surridge and Sudesh Nayar, the latter pressed
into a more midfield role before the game started.
Finally one of Mike Surridge’s sophisticated runs
resulted in a penalty stroke for the LX team, and Mike’s equalising goal ended
the first half at1-1.
The second half had LX Club controlling the game, and
the number of penalty corners awarded kept on rising, with Graham Martin, at
centre forward, running into spaces behind the opposition’s defence and winning
the penalty corners.
At the LX Club’s end,
made some fantastic saves with excellent perception smothering the efforts of
Magpies very useful centre forward, Malcolm Berry, with his quick runs and shots
It was perhaps inevitable that he would outrun the LX
defence, eventually rounding two defenders and Alan, to score a fine goal to
give Magpies a 2-1 win.
The eventual result was decided by an excellent save
by Kim Steggles, following a superb LX Club penalty corner shot.
Somehow Harleston’s goalkeeper got his ‘extended’
right kicker to this excellent shot.
So to date from
this long running fixture (and which both Clubs wish to continue) is six wins to
Harleston, five wins to LX, and three games drawn.
Enjoyable fixtures such as these do just not end in
playing, and as always the hospitality at Harleston again lived up to the
expectations of all who participated.
Many thanks were
given to Tony Williams, the Match Manager, who has for so long organised this
fixture (now 14 in number), and he once again managed to select balanced teams.
Umpire Graham Ramm chose Kim Steggles, the
Harleston goalkeeper, as his ‘Man of the Match’.
Tony Willams, on behalf of both teams, thanked
Vaughan Dearling and Graham Ramm, for umpiring the game in a highly suitable
He also acknowledged the contribution of the
catering team who provided an excellent meal.
Finally, many thanks should go
to all the lady supporters on Mothering Sunday who supported the match.
Our LX Club supporters also included the LX Club’s
second oldest member,
John Gordon (Ipswich HC), who
still plays occasionally, and umpires on a regular basis.
LX Club Team:
(GK), David Young, George Hazell, Nigel Steed, David Read (Captain), Mike
Surridge, John Grinham, Sudesh Nayar, Bob Grenside, Graham Martin, Tony Jones.
Dearling, Graham Ramm.
Match Report: David G Read