Louth Hockey Club’s Men’s 1 took on Cambridge South 1 at London Road and after a disappointing defeat, Louth were looking to bounce back with a win at home.
From the off, Louth worked hard for each other trying to score. Cambridge South had a few chances but goalkeeper Ralph Willoughby was equal to them.
Louth coped well, defensively, with Richard Limmer, Martin Chamberlain-Roe, Tom Keast and Will Trotter clearing the ball well. Louth finally opened the scoring with a ball down the left which George Johnstone fired into the D to Hayden Arrowsmith, who drew the ‘keeper and slipped to Rob Chamberlain to score.
The second half began with Louth putting a lot of pressure on the opposition, but looked vulnerable when the opposition did get through.
Louth doubled their lead when Will smashed a shot, which the ‘keeper miss-controlled and George nicked the ball off him to score.
Louth then fell asleep allowing the opposition to score twice in as many minutes making it all square.
With 10 minutes to play it was end to end stuff with Louth taking the lead again when Will threaded the ball to George on the edge of the D, who slipped it to Rob whose shot trickled over the line.
Cambridge then broke away again and scored to make the final score 3-3. Will Trotter man of the match.
Louth 2nds travelled to take on Leadenham 2nds and the game started with Louth on top creating but failing to score.
Somewhat against the run of play Leadenham found space in the Louth D and scored. Louth pushed forward and from a Jack Ordish cross Aj’s shot was saved but Graham West forced the ball home. But a short corner not cleared by the Louth defence allowed the home side to finish the half 2–1 up.
The second half saw strong defence from Louth. However Leadenham increased their lead with a scrambled third goal.
Louth had the final say in the match when a P flick was awarded. Up stepped Jack to dispatch it high into the top left corner. Final Result a 3–2 defeat. Man of the match James Fossey.