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Hockey: Old Loughts upset leaders

PUBLISHED: 12:38 30 November 2017

Old Loughtonians celebrate their East League title win and promotion

Old Loughtonians celebrate their East League title win and promotion

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Old Loughtonians gave themselves a huge lift going into the Christmas break with a win at Conference East leaders Cambridge City.

The squad travelled up from Luxborough Lane on a bitterly cold Sunday and made a bright start.

The visitors made the breakthrough when Kevin Ross fired home a reverse stick shot from the top of the D, only for Cambridge to reply with a quick break through midfield to level.

Loughts had keeper Fred Whitfield to thank for a pair of penalty stroke saves, but lost Elliot Smith to injury before the interval.

Both sides received cards during a tense second half, but Loughts kept their nerve as Harry Kempe impresse and they regained the lead when the ball was deflected to the far post, where debutant Max Sydenham fired home.

Cambridge poured forward in search of an equaliser but Ron Bloss marshalled the Loughts defence well and Whitfield produced another fine save from a late short corner to seal the points.

Captain Ian Swallow said: “It was a very pleasing win against the top team in the league, which I think shows how close we have been in recent weeks to getting this result, which I’ve felt has been coming.

“We rode our luck to a certain extent with Fred Whitfield making two penalty stroke saves, but we were very determined in the last 15 minutes after we had gone ahead to defend that lead and it was a cracking team performance all round.

“It’s a good result going into the Christmas break as well, which will give us lots of confidence for the second half of the season that we can put a few more results together and move up the table.”

The women lost 3-0 in their bottom versus top match with East League Premier Division leaders Ipswich in Suffolk, to suffer their 10th successive defeat, and play host to St Albans seconds this weekend.

But the second string picked up only their second point in 10 outings this season in Division One South following a 2-2 home draw with Burnt Ash.

n Old Loughts are holding a Christmas jumpers and quiz night on Friday, December 8 (7.45pm) with tickets costing £5 per person.

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