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Good weekend for Old Loughts

PUBLISHED: 09:12 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:12 21 November 2016

Old Loughts prepare for a short corner

Old Loughts prepare for a short corner

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Men come out on top against title rivals

It proved to be another good weekend for Old Loughts with three of their teams again sitting at the top of the league.

Three teams were in action against rivals from St Albans and Loughts came out on top with two wins from the men’s first and vets.

In the best match seen at Luxborough Lane so far this year, Loughts deservedly beat a very good second-placed St Albans side by the odd goal in seven to maintain their hold on first place.

Both sides played skilful attacking hockey and scored some well-worked and exciting goals, but Loughts’ superior passing game secured the points ahead of their trip to Peterborough next weekend.

Will Hopkins opened the scoring, with Kev Ross putting Loughts 2-0 up before the visitors rallied to level.

Shane Martin made it 3-2, before St Albans squared matters with a stunning third, and Rory Coltham’s penalty flick sealed the points for Loughts.

The vets beat their St Albans Praetorians rivals by a 5-1 margin to move up to mid-table, but the women were away at St Albans and succumbed 2-1 to a post final whistle short corner.

They will look to bounce back when they host Norwich Dragons next weekend.

The men’s second remain second in their league after a 15-2 rout against Tulse Hill and Dulwich, in which Geoff Purnell and Azam Sheikh both scored hat-tricks.

They have an 8am start and two-hour road trip to Oxford University for their next match next weekend.

The women’s seconds remain top of the Essex League Premier Division after beating Brentwood by a single goal, while the thirds moved top of Essex One after a 3-1 victory at Romford.

The fourths were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Old Southendians and the fifts drew 1-1 in a close game with Old Southendians seconds.

The men’s thirds were leading against Reading Refills, but lost 5-3 in the end.

The club’s current top scorer Max Garner scored the winning goal for the academy seconds to keep them in contention for promotion and in the same division the Loppers had a fine 7-2 win against Redbridge & Ilford.


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