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Old Loughtonians draw 4-4 with Richmond in the Now: Pensions East Conference
5:20pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Football
Old Loughtonians men dug deep to draw 4-4 with Richmond in the Now: Pensions East Conference but arguably should have won after being 2-0 up.
Loughts were looking to recover from a below-par performance against Cambridge City the previous week, while their opponents were hoping to register their first three points of the season.
Loughts started the game superbly with Spanish player Arol Artigas finding a Richmond foot in the first minute of the game, enabling his side to win their first short corner. James Jewell proceeded to dribble the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal to give Loughts the perfect start.
Loughts pressed hard and the second goal did not take long to come with Stuart Hardy finishing off a lovely baseline move that involved Jewell, Ian Swallow and George Farrant.
Loughts were 2-0 up and continued to dominate the next ten minutes but were unable to extend their advantage.
A lapse in concentration from the Chigwell side allowed Stuart Hardy to pull a goal back and the score was level soon after as Richmond took advantage of a free hit.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were cagey but in the 52nd minute Loughts allowed another ball to be struck straight into the D and Richmond scored.
Things went from bad to worse as Loughts quickly found themselves 4-2 down when a Richmond player applied an easy finish.
Loughts refused to give up though, and were rewarded when another short corner led to another goal for Jewell and the team took home something for their efforts when Conor Caplan equalised late on.
On Sunday, the men booked their place in the next round of the England Hockey Cup with a 5-2 win over Chelmsford. Loughts now face a trip to Bournville on October 27.
Old Loughtonians ladies collected their second win of the season in the Women’s Conference East Division after a 2-0 victory over local league rivals Chelmsford.
A bright start saw Loughts go close with chances for Chloe Rogers and Miranda Weeks but then Chelmsford came more into the game, earning a number of penalty corners.
Loughts’ Alice Wills opened the scoring in the second half with a well-taken sweep past the Chelmsford keeper.
This gave her side the confidence to push on and they extended their lead when Ali Dunning pounced on a rebound from a penalty corner.
Chelmsford came back strongly and a number of penalty corners had to be defended but Arune Paulaviciute stood up to the challenge.
The ladies seconds were awarded a walkover against Bedford in the England Hockey Women’s Second XI Cup.
The ladies now face Bromley & Beckenham away on November 3.