Old Loughtonians score double delight

Two wins keep Chigwell side on track for promotion.

OLD LOUGHTONIANS’ men resumed their outdoor season in style, with back-to-back wins at the weekend to keep their promotion push in tact.

Following last week’s semi-final defeat at the super sixes National Indoor Hockey Finals, Dominic Camilleri’s side returned to action with a trip to St. Albans.

Hat-tricks from Alex Jennings and James Stedman helped Loughts to a crushing 8-1 win over the Conference East’s bottom club on Saturday.

Jennings struck from a penalty corner to give his side a narrow first-half lead, but after the break Loughts were rampant.

Jennings and Stedman completed their trebles and Josh Mepham and Leroy Philips found the target as the Chigwell side ran out comfortable winners.

On Sunday, the promotion contenders welcomed Bromley & Beckenham to Luxborough Lane and two quick goals from Oliver Didham put the hosts in control.

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The visitors piled on the pressure in a bid to get back into the match, but they were denied by the excellent Stuart Hendy in the Loughts goal.

In the final minutes the win was sealed when Philips drove in a penalty corner to seal the 3-0 win and move Loughts up to second, four points clear of the chasing pack.

On Sunday Loughts travel to Southgate, for a top-of-the-table clash against the league leaders.

The sides drew 1-1 when they met at Luxborough Lane in October, but a Loughts win this time around will see the pair level on points with seven games of the season remaining.