LX Over 60s
v Welsh Dragons (Wales Over
at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
on 26th February 2012
LX Over 60s 4
Welsh Dragons 1
On 26th February members of the
selected LX 60s squad congregated at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, to play against a
Wales 60s side.
The first challenge encountered was to find a
parking space, the second challenge was to find the allocated changing room
which was tucked away at the back of the Sports Centre.
I am glad to report that both challenges were
passed by the majority of the squad though the goal keeper failed the changing
After a tentative opening few minutes LX eventually managed to
start putting the Welsh defence under some pressure though a number of probing
attacks failed to open the scoring.
However, after about 10 minutes an attacking play
down the left had side saw Richard Yardley take the ball into the ‘D’ and then
slip it across the face of the goal for Pami to tuck it away very easily.
Wales were quick to respond and an attacking move down their left had side took
them into the LX ‘D’ where John Smith’s dancing feet were not quite quick enough
to avoid contact with the ball.
It was from the resulting penalty corner that Wales
levelled the score from a move that they had been practising in the morning.
LX kept their heads and maintained their style of
play making use of the quick short pass most of the time.
This eventually led to a second goal scored in a
very similar manner to the first goal with the attack down the left hand side
and Pami ending up as the scorer courtesy of a pass from Richard Yardley.
started the 2nd half 2-1 up and keeping the pressure on Wales.
The 2nd half saw two further goals for LX, both
courtesy of Trevor Dennison, the first from finishing a penalty corner play and
the second coming from an attacking move down the right hand side courtesy of
The second half saw LX maintain control of the game though
some complacency and tired legs did see some silly mistakes creeping in.
However, some strong defensive play meant that
Wales were unable to capitalise on these resulting in Eric Best in goal having a
very quiet afternoon.
A solid performance all round from LX meant that they
came away with a 4-1 win.
Mention should be made of the stick skills shown by
Richard Yardley and Pami up front, which the Welsh did not have an answer to,
some tireless running from Trevor Dennison and a rock solid performance from
Alan Muller in the sweeper role.
Mention should also be made of the strong vocal
support from wives and partners that came along to support – thank you ladies.
Eric Best (GK), Allan Muller, Geoff Lucas, Brian Stokes, Paj Singh ,John Smith,
John Grinham, Richard Slator (Capt), Phil Hubert, Parmjit Bolina, Richard
Yardley, Trevor Dennison