Joy of six for Old Loughts
PUBLISHED: 14:18 22 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:47 22 October 2016
Ipswich 1 Old Loughtonians 4
Old Loughts made it six wins out of six in East Premier A with an emphatic display in sunny Suffolk.
The leaders travelled with a 16-man squad, setting off at 8am for the early fixture against mid-table Ipswich, and were quickly into their rhythm as Shane Martin had an early effort kicked out by the home keeper.
Rory Coltham’s aerial found Patrick Longson in space, but his pass into the D was just beyond Martyn Lear, before Coltham produced some excellent stickwork – and not for the only time in the match – to dribble the ball out of his own circle as Ipswich looked to profit.
Loughts came within an inch of opening the scoring when Martin’s drag flick from their first short corner of the match hit a post and the follow-up effort was put into the side netting.
Will Hopkins then deflected Tom Stumbke’s cross wide and was thwarted by the Ipswich keeper’s pads after a good passing move from the visitors.
Loughts continued to apply pressure, with Mitchell Jones seeing a drag flick from a corner saved, before another was blocked on the line by a defender’s stick and the umpire awarded a penalty flick.
Coltham stepped up to the spot, but his effort was also saved as the scoreline remained blank.
The hosts won their first corner soon after, with the attempt deflected wide, but then saw one of their players receive a green card.
And Loughts finally got the lead their dominance deserved when Stumbke produced a driving run into the D on the left and saw his reverse-hit cross neatly deflected inside the far post by Hopkins.
Ipswich put a good chance wide moments later, but Will Smith, Liam Peoples and Hopkins then combined on the Loughts left, with Smith pushing his effort wide of the near post.
The visitors had keeper Fred Whitfield to thank for three good saves right at the end of the first half as they maintained their slender lead, but then doubled the advantage soon after the restart when Stumbke’s good ball into the D found Martin, who took a touch to create a bit of space for himself, then rifled a reverse against the backboard.
The home side countered and saw a scooped effort drop just beyond the far post, before Loughts went 3-0 up as Peoples found space on the right and centred for Coltham, who made amends for his earlier penalty miss with a reverse-stick finish from close range.
Coltham and Hopkins then linked up well to put in Ed Mortimer, who produced several strong runs in the second half but was denied by a stick save, and Ipswich hit back with an accurate drag flick from a short corner, as the ball flew just inside the right post.
It was never likely to be anything more than a consolation, though, given the control that Loughts had on the play and the visitors continued to transfer the ball at speed, with Kevin Ross seeing his deflection knocked over the crossbar by the home keeper’s stick.
A stick tackle on Hopkins in the D led to another Loughts corner, from which Jones and Ian Swallow were both denied by saves, and Jones then sent Ross into the circle, only for his reverse to fly off the keeper’s pads and over the crossbar.
Hopkins was shown a green card, when Loughts felt he had been impeded unfairly, but the visitors maintained a tight grip on possession and Stuart Goodman’s strong run on the right earned them another corner.
Harry Kempe injected to Smith, who teed up Swallow for a shot that was saved, but then good defensive work on the right flank by Goodman and Longson led to a turnover inside the Ipswich half and Lear teed up Martin for a clipped finish inside the far post to make it 4-1.
Hopkins went close to a fifth, with a surging run into the D and strong drive thudding into the keeper’s pads, but Loughts had done more than enough to secure the points and maintain their perfect start to what they hope will be a promotion-winning campaign.
Loughts return to their Luxborough Lane base to host Letchworth next weekend.
Old Loughts: Fred Whitfield; Robert Bloss, Will Smith, Shane Martin, Tom Stumbke, Ian Swallow, Martyn Lear, Harry Kempe, Ed Mortimer, Mitchell Jones, Will Hopkins, Kevin Ross, Liam Peoples, Stuart Goodman, Patrick Longson, Rory Coltham.
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