Despite the drizzling rain, LX started brightly against the Members with good interlinking play. Early on, Imitiaz made a great play down the right and provided a defence splitting cross into the penalty spot, which the keeper came to and saved. Brian Perryman’s follow up shot from the top of D, which also saved by the keeper, however Stephen Stowell was on hand to finish clinically to give LX the lead. Members responded well and a period of end to end play ensued and right at the end of the quarter Members equalised from a short corner. The second quarter started in a similar fashion with both sides getting into each other’s 25. However, LX took the lead when Imitiaz created a two on one giving Lloyd Wood the chance at the top of the D to place a firm shot in the bottom right hand corner. The third quarter began with LX applying the pressure to Members who defended very well including disrupting a number of short corners. However, a through ball got through to Stephen Stowell, whose first time shot gave the Members goalkeeper no chance.
Against the run of play, Members were awarded a penalty stroke following some great stick skills from Suti Khehar, which was confidently converted to make the score 3:2. The quarter ended with some excellent attacking play from LX, but unfortunately with no end result. The weather had cleared by the start of quarter four and the sun was even threatening to show itself. Members would have equalised had it not been for an excellent diving stick save from Colin Kimber followed by a double save on the line by German Singh. A lovely meal followed a thoroughly enjoyable game in Cheam’s clubhouse with the sun shining at last.
Match Report : Richard Major.