Hockey: Late heartbreak for Old Loughts men in nine-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 16:42 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 30 November 2018
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Old Loughtonians men suffered late heartbreak in their latest Conference East match against Teddington at Luxborough Lane.
Two goals down inside 10 minutes, the home side hit back to lead 4-3 going into the final stages.
But Teddington struck twice in the last six minutes to snatch victory and leave Loughts bottom of the table o goal difference heading into the winter break.
Mitchell Jones, Andrew MacGregor, Michal Nowakowski and AJ Ashaye netted in their latest loss, but with only seven points from their first nine matches, Loughts have it all to do in the new year.
They return to action on February 3 with a trip to Oxted.
There was better news for the women, who picked up a point from a draw 1-1 at Tunbridge Wells in East Division One South, thanks to a goal from Grace O’Malley Kumar.
Loughts are back on home turf to host high-flying Upminster this weekend.
Elsewhere, Old Loughts Willows hit Rochford seconds for six thanks to two goals apiece from Phil Beauman and Rob Simmons, with Charlie Elliott and Sean White also on target.
And the Academy maintained their 100 per cent record with as 3-1 triumph at Wapping ninths.
Kevin Fernandes fired home from a short corner to open the scoring in the first half and repeated the trick after the restart.
Archie Crowley added a third, but hopes of a clean sheet were shattered as Wapping netted a consolation from the last play of the match.
Nonetheless, Loughts hold an 11-point lead at the top of Division Six South East.
Old Loughts Loppers beat Upminster fourths 5-1 in Division Seven, but the Willows seconds slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against East London ninths.
The women’s thirds drew 1-1 with Havering seconds, thanks to a goal from KAren Leach, but the fourths lost 1-0 to their Chelmsford counterparts.
The fifths picked up a point from their 1-1 home draw with Colchester fourths, as Amy Fox found the target at Luxborough Lane.