It’s a Bray day for Loughts as promotion hopes end
Wimbledon 1 Old Loughtonians 2
Alistair Bray struck a second-half winner, but results elsewhere ended Loughts promotion hopes on Saturday.
Earlier in the day Southgate earned a 5-2 win at Bromley and Beckenham, leaving Loughts adrift in second place and ending any hopes of a promotion play-off.
Wimbledon took the lead after 15 minutes with a penalty corner from Sam Pike, but Josh Mepham levelled on 34 minutes.
The first half had been even, but the Chigwell side piled on the pressure in the second period and finally got the goal they deserved on 70 minutes, with Bray netting from a penalty corner.
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Dominic Camilleri’s side end their season at home to Indian Gymkhana on Sunday and will cement second place in the Conference East should they avoid defeat.
Southgate are assured of a place in the promotion play-offs against the winners of the Conference North and Conference West.
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Loughts ladies team came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Cambridge City.
Despite the Chigwell side dominating possession in the early stages, they created few chances, with Anna Coppel going closest with a reverse hit that was expertly saved by the visiting keeper.
The second half began with Cambridge taking the lead on 36 minutes through Kellie-Lee James, firing in from the top of the circle.
But eight minutes later Loughts were level. Holly Bolger’s goalbound effort was blocked by the foot of a Cambridge defender, resulting in a penalty flick, which was duly dispatched by Sarah Smith.
In the final 10 minutes Loughts pushed for a winner, but failed to make the breakthrough and were forced to settle for a draw which leaves them seventh in Conference East.
Loughts conclude their season away to Ipswich on Saturday.