LX Lakes Tour 26th & 27th April 2008


With the Lake District having suffered from an unusually cold spring, this year’s LX group found themselves in a very damp environment for this year’s tour.

Saturday 26th April 2008 at The Lakes School, Windermere.

Border Veterans 1 v. LX  3

With the rain pouring down and all players soaked to the skin, the game started with evenly contested skirmishes in the middle of the pitch. As both sides began to settle, the initiative appeared to be going the way of Border Vets but with Nigel Spencer Knott playing a commanding game in the centre, LX were able to hold their own. Stepping up a gear, LX took the lead when Peter Sharpe made progress up the right and from a firm cross Bob Pursehouse was on hand to tuck the ball into the net.

LX were now in the ascendancy and  Jim Standish, in the Border Vets. goal was kept busy but LX failed to increase their advantage as the half time whistle blew.

Opening the second half in determined mood, Border Vets. threatened the LX goal and on loan LX’er Peter Ross was prominent, however with Alan Jackson operating as central striker, well supported by Ray Jeff and Gerald Wilkinson, LX increased their lead when from a short corner, the ball ran loose and Bob Pursehouse was able to double his tally. The lively LX forwards were proving a handful and a surge down the right finished with Alan Jackson opening his account with a dribble across goal and a reverse flick which wrong-footed Jim Standish. Border Vets responded immediately to reduce the deficit when a short corner gave Peter Ross a chance to sweep a loose ball into goal. Encouraged by this success, Border Vets attacked with more potency but could have gone further behind when Alan Jackson produced another run into the ‘D’ but with an open goal in front of him, put the ball wide of the post.

Sunday 27th April 2008 at The Kirkbie Kendal School, Kendal.

Lakelanders  1  v.  LX  5

With Kendal living up to it’s name as the ‘Auld Grey Town’ this game got under way with the Lakelanders taking the game to LX, but with John Longden and George Hazell in top form, potential threats to the LX goal were snuffed out before any danger could develop. Getting a ‘feel’ of the pitch, LX, prompted from midfield by Adrian Money and Andy Holden, moved forward purposefully but chances at both ends were hard to come by. With both sides conceding possession too easily, the game became scrappy but LX posed more of a threat, working the ball out to the right where, Peter Sharpe again proved effective, getting to the line and providing inviting crosses for the forwards. With 15 minutes gone, LX took the lead, Alan Jackson tucking the ball home when the defence failed to clear a short corner. Lakelanders retaliated with a short corner but to no avail.

Coming out for the second half with more purpose, Lakelanders were soon on terms when a raid down the right was rifled home from a tight angle with Mike Fripp unsighted. Spurred on by this Lakelanders swarmed to the attack but were undone when a George Hazell strike from a short corner bounced it’s way to the backboard, deceiving the startled defenders and Jim Standish on its way. Looking for a second equaliser, Lakelanders moved back onto the attack but played into the hands of Leon Mack and David Read  by trying to carry the ball into the circle instead of using the wings. With the opposition tiring, LX took full advantage and added further goals through Alan Jackson, Gerald Wilkinson, Ray Jeff and Alan Jackson again, to complete an expensive hat trick! LX were somewhat flattered by the scoreline but were, nevertheless, well worth their win.

After match refreshments were provided at the Castle Inn, Kendal where a lunch of Chili con carne and chips was gratefully accepted before setting off on the journey home. The Briery Wood Hotel again provided top class accommodation and the  dinner was well received by all present. Thanks were expressed once again to Andy Holden for putting together a first class programme enjoyed to the full by all present.

Tour Group: Jim Standish;  Mike Fripp; Nigel Spencer-Knott; Leon Mack; David Read; Gerald Wilkinson; Peter Ross; Adrian Money; George Hazell; Ray Jeff; Alan Jackson; John Longden; Peter Sharpe; Bob Pursehouse.

Match Manager: Andy Holden

Your Correspondent;  Bill Warrender.