Old Loughtonians clip the Magpies’ wings

Loughts’ hockey side put five past Harleston Magpies

OLD LOUGHTONIANS extended their unbeaten run to six in all competitions, with a 5-2 win at Harleston Magpies on Sunday.

Following last week’s 10-0 demolition of Cambridge City, the visitors started full of confidence and took the lead through an Alex Jennings penalty stroke.

And it was Jennings who doubled the lead moments later as he finished a superb team move, after great work from Jonathan Brown and Leroy Phillips.

James Stedman added Loughts’ third after the break, before Phillips fired in for number four.

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A quick-fire double from Harleston set up an anxious finale, until Phillips’ penalty corner secured the three points.

The Men’s Conference East Division side climbed to sixth in the table and are now just three points behind leaders Southgate and Loughts’ manager Dominic Camilleri was delighted to see his side earn another three points to boost their promotion push.

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“It’s a very tight league, there have been some strange results this season, so we’re sitting mid-table, but we are very much in the running for promotion,” he said.

“It was a very good win on Sunday, we played really well.

“We dominated the game really and although they scored a couple in a frenetic last 15 minutes, we scored about 30 seconds afterwards, which killed it off.

“We have been a little lucky this season, we’ve lost two games and had we done that last season we would have been out of contention, but we are still very much in the hunt for promotion.”

Next up for Camilleri’s side are bottom of the table Sevenoaks, who have just one league win to their name so far.

Despite the fact that they have lost each of their last four games, Camilleri insists that his side will not be taking Sevenoaks lightly.

“They are struggling a bit, but we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted, every game is crucial,” he said.

“It’s important that we are professional, because they’ve got to win at some time.

“Last week was the first time this season that we had full availability and we have got virtually the same again this week, which should help us maintain our consistency.”

? Old Loughtonians Ladies welcomed Horsham to Luxborough Lane on Saturday for their Conference East Division clash, but both sides were forced to settle for a point after a disappointing goalless draw.

Emily Defroand missed the home side’s best chance to break the deadlock in the first half, while at the other end Jessica Gordon was on hand in the Loughts’ goal to foil Horsham.

The home side dominated for much of the second half and were close to snatching a late winner when Anna Coppel was through on goal with 10 minutes remaining, but she was denied by the Horsham keeper as the visitors hung on for a point.

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