HOCKEY: Second win lifts Louth men up the league

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The men’s first travelled to bottom of the league, Ely City, looking to carry on their winning streak from last week.

With key players missing, Louth had to draft in players from the second team but were still strong enough to give Ely a challenge.

The game started with Louth on top looking for that all important first goal. A short corner mid-way through the first half was dragged out by Stuart Trotter, but the shot was topped by George Johnstone.

However, Louth finally got the break through as the ball was played from James Fussey to George Johnstone, who played it over the top for Jonny Dyas to go one on one with the ‘keeper and slide it past him. The first half finished 1-0.

Louth had the first goal and were looking for more at the start of the second half, but Ely came out hard looking to equalise. ]#

The game was end to end but the Louth defence, Stuart Trotter, Martin Chamberlain-Roe, Sebastian Darke and James Fussey, held strong.

Louth then got another short corner, which was slipped to Andrew Webster whose shot at goal was stopped on the line by the opposition’s foot, leading to a penalty stroke. Up stepped George Johnstone to dispatch it past the ‘keeper into the left hand side of the goal.

Louth were pushing for a third and it came when the ball came inside from the left wing to George Johnstone who played the ball towards Alec Newlove at the post. He slotted it past the ‘keeper on his debut for the first team.

Louth did come under pressure when Ely got a couple of short corners, but these were cleared away by the defence keeping another clean sheet.

Louth sealed a 3-0 win which moves them up to sixth in the table. Man of the match George Johnstone.

In other Louth games yesterday, the Ladies 2nd team won 2-1 against Skegness and the ladies 1st team and men’s 2nd team games were cancelled.