Sunday 21st April 2013

 ‘Defences and Goalkeepers Shine in Sunny Suffolk

LX CLUB  0     BURY  0

 With the highest temperatures in the UK for the day at some 14C and not a cloud in the sky over East Anglia, the LX Club team met for the ninth time at Culford School.

Before the game, John Grinham, Captain of the Bury side, gave a moving tribute to Richard Clarke, who had always played in this particular fixture, and a minute’s silence was held in his memory. 

Bury were quickly on the attack and Nigel Dixon, who had a superb game in goal for LX, was soon fending off shots, including several penalty corner goal-bound attempts.  However, the LX defence was more than equal to the rather unrelenting pressure, and with Roger Girling at centre back, supported by Mike Gale and David Young, and Nigel Steed as sweeper, ensured the defence was resolute. LX Club played 4-4-2, which restricted the team’s attacking abilities, but stifled the strong Bury midfield which contained LXers John Grinham and Norman Ballard, with the occasional attacking runs of George Hazell.  It was good to see Frank Hardy guesting for Bury, integrating well into their team and giving his usual spritely performance.

The second half followed a similar pattern, but LX did get forward much more, with Gerald Wilkinson making speedy runs down the right.  David Gill moved into the forward space with Graham Martin, and David was only denied a goal by the tenacity and skill of the sixteen year old goalkeeper for Bury, Kristien Jenkins, who had an excellent game.  In the midfield Ken Wooding and Andy Hodge matched Bury’s midfielders, and Mike Surridge broke up several attacks in defence, then weaved his skilful way forward.  Tony Bass, centre forward for Bury, with his pace was always a threat, but Nigel Dixon and the defence held out.  Near the end of the game Gerald Wilkinson had an opportunity to clinch the game for LX, but the Bury goalkeeper quickly came off his line.  The game ended 0-0, but given the possession Bury had, it was a very good result for LX.

Both teams and supporters then adjoined to the Culford Sports Hall, where an excellent meal was provided, all supplied by the Bury team members.  Gillian Grinham was especially mentioned for all her hard work, together with the other host members who participated in the meal arrangements, including Kay Hazell with her apple crumble.

The two umpires, Mary and Alan Baker, were warmly thanked for their skilful management of the game, as they have done for many years.  However, this fixture would not have been possible without the work of Alan Dures, the Match Manager.  He organised an ideal fixture again, with two balanced teams, an excellent meal, and both Captains, on behalf of their teams, expressed very warm thanks to Alan.

The current situation regarding results is:  Bury 4 wins, LX 2 wins, Draws 3.

LX Club Team: Nigel Dixon, Nigel Steed, David Young, David Read (Captain), Roger Girling, Mike Gale, Gerald Wilkinson, Ken Wooding, Andy Hodge, David Gill, Graham Martin, Mike Surridge.

Match Report: David Read