Didham double keeps Loughts in promotion hunt

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2011

Oliver Didham

Oliver Didham


Indian Gymkhana 2 Old Loughtonians 4

Oliver Didham scored a goal in each half as Old Loughtonians maintained their promotion push with a 4-2 win at Indian Gymkhana on Sunday.

On 15 minutes, Didham deservedly fired Loughts in front, but the home side hit back and forced several saves from Stuart Hendy before the interval.

Just two minutes into the second half, Harry Martin celebrated his call-up to the Great Britain Champion’s Trophy squad – the last major competition before London 2012 – with the second goal.

Indian Gymkhana pressed forward, desperate for a way back into the match and scored on the hour-mark through Pravinder Hanspal.

This began a frenetic period of play, with four goals scored in eight minutes at either end, and it was Loughts who netted next with a fine individual goal from Ranjeev Deol.

Jagdeep Gill reduced the deficit a minute later from a penalty corner, but the win was sealed on 68 minutes when Didham fired in from a penalty corner flick to move within a point of Conference East leaders Canterbury.

Meanwhile, Old Loughtonians Ladies find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Conference East following their 5-1 defeat to Surbiton.

Vicky Heptonstall fired the league leaders in front from a penalty corner on four minutes and a quick-fire double from Abi Robinson had Surbiton in control.

Emily Defroand reduced the deficit from a penalty corner and Anna Coppel came close to a second goal before the interval.

But Surbiton regained their momentum early in the second half with a goal from Vicky Bryant and Clarissa Goodwin netted late on to complete the drubbing.

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