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Old Loughtonians Men’s first team lose 2-1 away at Cambridge City in NOW: Pensions Conference East
4:47pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Old Loughtonians Men’s first team lost 2-1 away at Cambridge City in the opening game of the NOW: Pensions Conference East season.
Loughts started sluggishly and struggled to adapt with the slow pace of the game.
They were fortunate to make it to half-time with the score 0-0 after a slow opening period, with Dave Forrester in goal keeping Cambridge at bay.
The home side did eventually go ahead in the 45th minute with a deflected reverse stick cross courtesy of Ben Wright.
Wright then doubled the lead ten minutes later after sloppy defending by Loughtonians.
A scrappy finish by Stuart Hardy pulled the visitors back into the contest and set up an exciting finish, but late pressure amounted to nothing and Cambridge secured a tight victory.
The Ladies first team also endured a disappointing afternoon, losing 3-1 at Wimbledon.
Loughts were never able to gain a foothold in the game and were restricted to few attacks.
A counter from one of these led to the visitors taking the lead, after a short-corner routine broke down and Wimbledon’s rapid attack punished them. The team gave a better account of themselves after the interval and enjoyed increased possession but were unable to turn their greater control of the ball into chances. Another quick break from a Loughtonians attack saw Wimbledon score a second.
Miranda Weeks halved the deficit by converting a penalty stroke after being tripped by a retreating defender.
But further pressure followed and Wimbledon secured their win with yet another counter-attack from a Loughtonians penalty corner.
There was some relief for the club however, as the Girls Under-18s opened their EH Club Cup campaign with a fine 11-1 win away against Sevenoaks.
In other news, the Chigwell club completed the installation of two FIH standard iconic pink and blue London 2012 hockey pitches after serving as an official training venue for the Olympic Games last year.
The club is now sharing its Olympic legacy with local primary schools, inviting them to visit Luxborough Lane and enjoy a session of hockey run by the club’s qualified coaches and headed up by the director of coaching, Alistair Bray.
More than 60 children from Hereward Primary and Hillhouse Primary visited the ground last week, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of the facilities.