Louth Hockey Club’s Men’s 1st team were on the wrong end of the scoreline at the end of a nine goal thriller at home to Cambridge City 4ths at the weekend.
Louth started well, securing a penalty corner after only two minutes, but the resulting drag flick went over the bar from Steve Hill. A minute later Louth were defending a penalty corner, which Tom Keast saved on the line.
Five minutes in and Cambridge opened the scoring, deflecting in a strike from another penalty corner. Louth responded with some attacking moves of their own and levelled the scoring with a penalty flick by Steve Hill after he had been brought down by the Cambridge ‘keeper.
The Louth defence of Martin Chamberlin Roe, Hayden Aero Arrowsmith and Tom Keast were working hard to repel the Cambridge attacks, but on 15 minutes the visitors regained the lead.
Again Louth pushed forward and from a penalty corner injected by Stuart Trotter and stopped by Jonny Purkiss, Steve Hill drag flicked the ball past the motionless ‘keeper to level the score. In the last two minutes of the half Cambridge scored twice to make the half time score 4-2 to the visitors.
In the second half the game opened up going from one end to the other. The Louth midfield of JP, Tich, Rob Chamberlin and Stuart Trotter strung some passes together to create chances for Steve Hill and Webbo up front, but the goals eluded them.
Stuart Trotter was then involved in a clash of heads which required some first aid and a re-arrangement in the Louth team, Tom Keast came into centre back with Seb Darke coming on at left back and Robert Johnstone moving to the left midfield slot.
With this re-arrangement came a mistake, a short pass back to Aero was intercepted and the Cambridge striker was able to draw the ‘keeper Richard Hill and slide the ball home for goal number five.
Louth attacked, looking for a way back into the game, and almost found it, Steve Hill scoring twice in as many minutes. The first a neat piece of skill at a penalty corner leaving the defence stranded before flicking the ball past a stationary ‘keeper and the second a mazy dribble and cool finish.
Louth were unlucky not to equalise when Steve Hill failed to connect with Robert Johnstone’s reverse hit cross. Final score 5– 4 to Cambridge.