Old Loughts look for magnificent seven
PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 October 2016
Men seek to extend 100 per cent start
Old Loughtonians men will look to make it seven wins out of seven in East Premier A when they welcome Letchworth to Luxborough Lane on Saturday (3pm).
They proved too strong for hosts Ipswich last weekend, running out 4-1 winners in sunny Suffolk, and coach Gerry Smith is hoping the leaders can maintain their momentum.
Smith said: “The 11am start meant that most of the team had been on the road since 8am and I was worried we would take our time to come out of the blocks.
“My fears were unfounded as we came out strongly and controlled the majority of the game and moved the ball around at a high tempo.”
Shane Martin hit the post from the first short corner of the match and Rory Coltham had a penalty flick saved, before Will Hopkins deflected in Tom Stumbke’s reverse-hit cross from the left to open the scoring.
Fred Whitfield produced three good saves at the end of the first half to preserve the Loughts lead and they doubled their advantage early in the second half when Stumbke found Martin in the D and he took a touch before rifling home a reverse-stick effort.
Coltham made amends for his penalty miss when converting a cross from Liam Peoples to make it 3-0, but Ipswich hit back with a drag flick from a short corner soon after.
Loughts had the last word, though, as good work on the right flank by Stuart Goodman and Patrick Longson forced a turnover and Martyn Lear teed up Martin for a clipped finish inside the far post.
Smith added: “Ipswich are a high scoring team who had averaged five goals a game until Saturday so we were pleased to restrict their attempts on goal whilst scoring a few ourselves.
“Letchworth were promoted this year and are a bit of an unknown quantity. We’re looking forward to welcoming them to Luxborough Lane, but hope to finish our first match against them with all three points.”
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