LX CLUB  v  Royal Navy

held on  22nd September 2013

Royal Navy 1   LX 2

When Alan Jackson handed over the managers role for this fixture, his strong advice was to have fitness in mind when selecting the squad. This advice proved sound as the Navy side had a number of significantly younger players who caused LX problems in the early phases of the game. Eric Best produced several great stops to keep the opposition at bay. John Longdon was instrumental  in marshalling the defence of Brian Tubb, Steve Branston and Austyn Leaverland.

The midfield trio of Brian Perryman, Richard Slater and Geoff Lucas gradually asserted control, feeding the three strikers, Imtiaz Shiekh, Gordon Small and Peter Ross. As the pressure grew, the Navy conceded several short corners.  After a number of unsuccessful corner attempts, Richard Slater found Geoff Lucas free in the circle with the latter netting for the first goal.

With their extra pace, the Navy forwards were always dangerous on the break. This led to an equaliser when an accurate cross from the right found a Navy striker who scored with an impressive shot from the top of the circle.

The second half saw LX exert long periods of pressure. Zahid  Arain and Pami Bolina provided extra impetus to the side, helping to create more short corners and open play opportunities. The winning goal for LX came from a short corner when Pami Bolina beat the keeper inside the right post from the top left of the circle.

The Navy were again restricted to breakaways but the LX defenders used their experience to read the game and position themselves to preserve  the lead.

This was a hard earned, well deserved win for LX based on a disciplined, whole team effort. I am indebted to Ken Veness  who gave a great performance as our umpire.

As always, the Navy hospitality was excellent.

Match Report: Geoff Lucas