‘Both Clubs Celebrate
the Diamond Jubilee Occasion in Sunny Hampshire’
Havant 1 LX Club 3
Despite the gloomy
predictions of the weather forecasters, resulting in players anticipating a game
with wet shirts, the sun shone bright with blue skies.
Brian Tubb, as LX
Club Captain, gave an experienced and focussed team talk, and the LX team
settled down rather more quickly than usual.
This probably contributed to an early goal for LX,
with Austyn Leaverland weaving past two Havant players to hit the ball across
the circle for Keith Hunt to score yet another one of his ‘poacher’ goals near
the Havant right goal post. An injury then occurred to Ken Veness
(LX’s umpire) when a shot from a Havant forward was hit in his direction, whilst
Ken was close to the goal closely watching a melee in the circle, following a
penalty corner for Havant.
Then the ubiquitous John Longden, playing at left back, received a very painful
blow to the side of his chest, and had to leave the pitch, with Match Manager
coming on to a reorganised team.
However, the LX midfield of Brian Tubb, Austyn
Leaverland, with Gordon Small dropping back, continued to supply good
distribution to the forwards of Zahid Arain, Pami Bolina and the ‘evergreen’
on his third comeback (it was great to see him playing again), who continued to
stretch the Havant defence.
After half-time and
playing up the slope, LX went 2-0 up, with Zahid Arain’s strong running,
enabling Gordon Small to score.
Havant then reorganised their team by putting Nigel
Guppy up front, therefore increasing pressure on the LX defence in which
excelled with his skilful stick play. Colin Kimber had an
excellent game in goal, but had no chance to save the deflected shot off a LX
defender’s stick, to make the score 2-1. However, this served as a
wake-up call to LX, and the interchanging LX forwards responded with precision
interplay (short sharp passes, minimal dribbling), resulting in Gordon Small
slotting home another goal despite Bernie Harverson’s skilful efforts in the
opposition’s goal. This was the eventual winner for LX Club at 3-1.
Havant Cavaliers laid on their usual high quality hospitality at the Havant
Many thanks go to June Christie for the excellent meal,
which she prepared single-handed (expect Bruce lent a hand!).
on behalf of the LX Club, gave a warm round of thanks to Havant for getting a
team out on this Jubilee Celebration day.
In particular he mentioned June and Bruce Christie,
plus the two umpires, Ken Veness (LX) and Colin Herbert (Havant) for their
excellent game management.
Bruce Christie responded for Havant, and stating
that the Cavaliers are looking forward to the next game against LX in December.
Finally, very special thanks go to Peter and Anthea Ross, who
managed and contributed as always to this very successful and enjoyable fixture,
which on this date was for them also a very special day.
The LX Club Diamond Jubilee Team:- Colin
Kimber, Alan Jackson, John Longden, Austyn Leaverland, Brian Tubb
Gordon Small, Zahid Arain,
Pami Bolina, Peter Ross, Keith Hunt.
Ken Veness (LX), Colin Herbert (Havant).
Match Report:- David G. Read