A bit of a mixed bag for Old Loughtonians
PUBLISHED: 14:09 15 December 2011
Old Loughtonians men were left to rue missed opportunities as they got off to an indifferent start to the opening weekend of National Indoor Premier League fixtures.
Fresh from winning the East Indoor Championships, Loughts went into their match against Canterbury full of confidence and keen to seek revenge for their outdoor defeat just before the winter break.
And they got off to the best start as Loughts won the first short corner of the game which James Southgate flicked to take a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately the second short started a theme for the weekend with the ball ringing off the post.
The second half saw Loughts take control with a 3-0 lead with goals from Jon Brown and Paul Nicholls. Canterbury fought back with a goal from a penalty flick.
However, despite missing a flick themselves, they held on with some fine keeping by Perry Foster for a 3-2 lead and became the only team to beat Canterbury all weekend.
They then took on Sevenoaks, who were looking to spoil Loughts fine start on the Saturday and came out with a defensive formation.
However, Paul Nicholls decided to spoil their game plan calmly slotting home a hat-trick, whilst Stuart Hendy in goal saved a flick.
Loughts raced into a 2-0 lead against Reading, but by half time their opponents had fought back and taken a 5-3 lead.
Jamie Askam put the ball away to make it 5-4, but missed opportunities proved costly as Reading went on to win 7-5.
A tired Loughts team took the field for the last game of the day against a local Beeston side.
They started the better, but some fine keeping kept Beeston in the game and they managed to hit Loughts on the counter-attack.
In a 17-goal game, Paul Nicholls, Alistair Bray, Scott Sandison, Stuart Hardy and Jon Brown all got on the scoresheet but it was insufficient and Loughts lost 10-7 to leave them in sixth place ahead of the final weekend of fixtures in January.
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