Sunday 19th October 2014 at Exeter University

Enjoyable 1 -1 draw in sunny Devon

Following the wet and windy weather of the previous few weeks, Exeter enjoyed one of the best days of the month for this always highly contested fixture.

With the LX Club Red team winning 3-2 versus Isca Over 50s, the LX Club team of slightly older members was inspired under the talented leadership of Captain Brian Perryman to gain a credible result against the always strong West Country Select (WCS).  Their team was captained by LXer David Bain, who had an excellent game at left midfield, setting up many WCS attacks.

The game commenced with LX defending the northern goal on the sand-based pitch, playing into a low sun, welcome, but made it difficult to see players clearly.  The initial period of the first half resulted in the WCS pinning back LX, with LXer Maurice Williams and Peter Whitby playing well, resulting in WCS obtaining several penalty corners.  However the LX defence was equal to the task with Colin Kimber in top form, and the LX defence saved a certain goal following a second high strike after a penalty corner.

The LX Club did have some significant attacks, with the versatile John Smith playing in three different positions.  John Wilkins (a prospective LX Club member from Firebrands) had a good chance to score following excellent work from John Tripp on the right wing, but the shot went just outside the post.

However, early in the second half John Wilkins did score a superb goal to the right post side of LXer Paddy Maher, following the best move of the match, started by Brian Perryman to John Tripp, whose precision pass led to John Wilkins opening the scoring.  WCS were not to be denied, and centre forward Roger Britton (Cirencester HC) scored with an impressive high shot following a cross from WCS’s Ian Redfearn.  For LX Club, Dougie Barnes (who did so much for the LX tours to the Lake District) turned up to watch and be reserve,  and came on to replace the always reliable Adrian Money.  The LX Club held out to achieve a very credible 1-1 draw against a strong team.

Thanks go to umpires Andrew Harvey and Richard Jenkins (Devon County Umpires Association) who managed the game skilfully and helped to make the match very enjoyable.

All teams then adjoined to Bill and Catherine Goodridge’s shooting barn facility (Café André) on their farm at Cowley near Exeter, which can only be described as a unique experience in after-match hospitality.  Never had some 50 players and wives/partners had such an excellent meal in farm surroundings, which also included decorations! 

Bill and Catherine, with Mike Harris and Winston Bower (all Isca), worked hard to provide excellent hospitality including cooking, setting up an area in which to eat, moving straw bales, and surfacing an area for extra parking in the week before the fixture.

Following the meal, the LX Chairman Imtiaz thanked all those involved in organising the double fixture, especially the Isca members and wives.

LX Club Squad: Colin Kimber (GK), Sudesh Nayar, David G Read, Colin Pinks Adrian Money, Doug Barnes, Bob Whitell (missing from picture), John Smith, Brian Perryman (Capt.), Nigel Dupain, John Tripp, John Wilkins, Bill Warrender.

Report by Match Manager: David G Read