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Old Loughts march into East Hockey finals

PUBLISHED: 18:02 15 November 2012

Old Loughts girls face the camera after winning the Essex Indoor Championship over Havering.

Old Loughts girls face the camera after winning the Essex Indoor Championship over Havering.

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Double success for Old Loughtonians.

Old Loughtonians girls 5

Havering 0

»Old Loughtonians under-18 girls’ team booked their place in the East Finals after overwhelming Havering in the Essex Indoor Championships.

There was little to separate the two teams in the opening minutes, but Loughts soon started to win more of the ball. Yet the Havering keeper was up to the challenge until Hannah Bloy made the breakthrough late in the first half.

The score remained 1-0 at the break, but the contest that had looked too close to call in the first half suddenly burst into life as Loughts began to find their way through.

Loughts netted four times to take the game beyond Havering, while keeper Nicole Hayes snuffed out Havering’s rare chances to keep a clean sheet.

Loughts now progress to the East Finals at Colchester in December along with the Old Loughtonians under-16 boys and girls and under-18 boys’ teams.

Old Loughtonians: Hayes, Bloy, Dunning, Elwood, Batson, Gidney, Withams, Ladipo, Edwards.

Old Loughtonians men 4

Indian Gymkhana 1

Old Loughtonians men’s first team led for the bulk of their Conference East home match against Indian Gymkhana.

Old Loughts quickly overcame a week’s absence from competitive play and a lack of first-team regulars to open the scoring.

The hosts netted in the second minute with a goal from Oliver Didham who netted with a superb drag flick after his side had been awarded a penalty corner.

Loughts doubled their advantage with a goal from Adam Price who put away a strong cross from close range to score his first National League goal in the last minute of the first half.

Indian refused to roll over and hit back when Jagdeep Gill converted a penalty eight minutes after the restart to cut the deficit to 2-1 and with plenty of time to mount a comeback.

Yet Loughts were in no mood to let the visitors off the hook and made the game safe when they netted twice with a brace of quick-fire goals.

The first from Luke Mepham on 46 minutes and the other from Josh Mepham two minutes later secured an emphatic victory.

Oxford Hawks 1

Old Loughts ladies 1

The Old Loughtonians’ Ladies bagged a vital point when they scored late to clinch an equaliser in their Women’s Conference East match at Oxford Hawks.

Hawks quickly settled and started to dominate and opened the scoring with a goal from forward Lucy Stewart who pushed the ball into the goal.

The score remained 1-0 at the break and the hosts looked certain to snare the majority of the points until Loughts were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute.

Captain Sarah Smith stepped up and forced a save from the Oxford goalkeeper, but the ball spilled to Hannah Bloy who blasted it into the net to secure the draw.


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