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Double defeat for Old Loughts

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 November 2016

Old Loughts defend a short corner (pic Peter Joarder)

Old Loughts defend a short corner (pic Peter Joarder)

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Women edged out by Dragons; men lose at Peterborough

Old Loughtonians suffered double disappointment in their latest East League outings at the weekend.

The women welcomed Norwich Dragons to Luxborough Lane for a Premier Division contest, but fell behind in a fast-paced first half as the visitors converted a short corner.

Loughts looked to rally, forcing corners oft heir own, and they were eventually rewarded when an injection to the top of the D gave Alice Melvin the chance to fire home an equaliser, with the aid of a slight deflection.

Both teams continued to counter at pace and, with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Loughts took the lead with some strong passing setting up a chance for Jenny Farrow to sweep home.

The second half started at a similar pace, but Dragons got back on terms with a deflection from a raised pass.

Loughts had chance to attack and won more corners, but could not find the clinical edge needed in front of goal and, with five minutes to go, Norwich attacked on the left and claimed a winner.

The men also suffered defeat in their Premier A meeting with Peterborough.

Loughts were punished for a slow start as they soon found themselves 2-0 behind.

Struggling to adapt to skilful aerial passes and a sand-based pitch early on, they eventually began to play the type of hockey they have been producing for most of the season, only to be foiled by an agile home keeper.

Loughts came out for the second half looking for the crucial next goal, forcing a number of short corners.

But they failed to capitalise and saw the home side score again with five minutes remaining to seal a 3-0 victory.

Loughts will look to bounce back when they face Chelmsford next weekend, as the second half of the season gets underway.


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