HOCKEY: Louth bounce back with win over battling St Neots

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After last week’s defeat by Spalding, Louth were looking to bounce back with a home fixture against St Neots, but a poor start allowed the opposition space in the D early on and Louth quickly found themselves a goal down.

Louth settled into the game and equalised after 15 minutes when George Johnstone took a pass in midfield and found Rob Chamberlin running down the right, continuing his run forward George arrived in the D when the ball was crossed and created space for a reverse stick shot past the advancing goalkeeper.

The score remained 1–1 till half time despite both teams creating chances with penalty corners, the St Neots goalkeeper was in fine form and the Louth defence of Ralph Willoughby, Tom Keast, Martin Roe, Richard Limmer and Aero were giving nothing away.

Shortly after the break Louth took the lead when an aerial pass from Limmer found Rob Chamberlin in space, he beat the goalkeeper and turned to shoot, but the ball was going wide until a timely intervention by Webbo.

St Neots continued to ask questions of the Louth defence and it was no surprise when another penalty corner, well worked, allowed them to equalise.

With both teams evenly matched the next goal was crucial as time slipped by and it fell to the Louth skipper, Limmer who converted a penalty corner with a well struck shot.

The away side pressed forward looking for an equaliser but were undone again, Limmer hit the ball forward, George Johnstone robbed it from a St Neots player and instantly found Jonny Dyas with a defence splitting pass which he duly dispatched past the goalkeeper for goal number four.

Man of the Match went to goalkeeper Ralph Willoughby for keeping Louth in the game with some fine saves.

Louth Hockey Men’s 2nds played host to Leadenham 2nds and stretched their unbeaten run to six matches with a 3–2 win with two goals from Tom Law.