LX Over 60s  v  Welsh Dragons (Wales Over 60s)

at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 26th February 2012

Result:  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 room test.
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.
LX 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 Pami.  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.

Squad: 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