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Didham hits four but Old Loughts slip to loss

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 November 2012

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A mixed weekend of results for Old Loughtonians senior teams.

Despite a four-goal haul from Oliver Didham, Old Loughts suffered their fifth league defeat of the season against the Conference East leaders.

Holcombe made a stunning start, going 2-0 in front after just six minutes with goals from Gareth Carr and James Steadman.

But the visitors soon settled into the match and halved the deficit on 27 minutes when Didham netted from a short corner.

In the second half, Loughts sensed Holcombe were rattled and levelled the score on 40 minutes through Didham.

The goal sparked an incredible flurry of goals at either end, with the scoreboard troubled five times in 10 minutes.

The league leaders moved in front on 54 minutes through Danny Hall, but their lead was wiped out within a minute as Didham completed his treble.

There was a brief respite until the 61st minute when Hall scored again for Holcombe.

And, after Didham had levelled proceedings two minutes later – becoming the joint-second leading scorer in the division – the home side finally found their winner when Carr netted from a penalty corner on 64 minutes.

The goalmouth action was not complete however, as Loughts pushed desperately for yet another equaliser and Conor Caplan’s shot cannoned back off the crossbar in the dying minutes.

Loughts, now sixth in the league, play their final game before the indoor season begins, at eighth-placed Richmond on Sunday.

Old Loughtonians 1 Chelmsford 0

Lauren Penny’s first-half goal was enough to settle Sunday’s Essex derby.

The home side were without Alice Wills and Chantelle Fernandes – both away on international duty with England under-16s and Guyana respectively – but made a strong start.

And their early pressure was rewarded with the breakthrough on 16 minutes when Penny powered in from a penalty corner.

Both teams turned the ball over cheaply throughout the game in what was generally a scrappy affair.

Chelmsford were allowed to attack more in the second half and won many penalty corners, but the ever-consistent Loughts backline never looked like conceding.

The victory puts them sixth in the East Conference and they take on Wimbledon at Luxborough Lane on Saturday – 1pm start – in the final game before their mid-season break.


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