Old Loughtonians men suffer double disappointment in Conference East and English Cup while ladies also lose

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: HOCKEY: Double disappointment for Loughts HOCKEY: Double disappointment for Loughts

Old Loughtonians men endured a weekend to forget as they lost 5-0 to Southgate in East Conference before a suffering an away 5-4 defeat to Brooklands the following day in the English Cup.

The team went behind in only the second minute of their league game against Southgate, and continued to concede four more, including two from forward John Sterlini.

With the cup match the next day offering an opportunity to bounce back, Loughts started strongly, scoring two in quick succession, both from James Jewell.

Brooklands overturned the deficit soon afterwards, taking the score to 3-2 before half-time and 5-2 after the break.

Old Loughts battled back and goals from Jewell and Adnan Zakir brought the game into reaching distance before the full-time whistle thwarted their comeback.

The last match of the league season will see the men play Teddington at home on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Loughts ladies lost narrowly to East Conference league winners Holcombe 2-1.

Holcombe took the lead through a well executed flick, despite some brave goalkeeping by Arune Paulaviciute.

Loughts came back with some good counter-attacking hockey and had decent chances in the first half.

Holcombe stepped up in the second period though and claimed their reward with a second goal.

A penalty stroke converted by Miranda Weeks gave Loughts hope of an equaliser but it was not to be.

Loughts now have to beat Ipswich in their final home game to avoid relegation or the play-offs.

 

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