The hockey season sprang into life at London Road, with Louth Men’s 1st team taking on City of Peterborough 5s in their new league after being promoted last season.
Hoping to make a big impression, Louth started the game strongly creating chances, but Peterborough counter attacked requiring ‘keeper Ralph Willoughby to come to the rescue.
It wasn’t long before the first goal was scored as Stuart Trotter crossed the ball and Rob Chamberlain was there to touch in at the back post.
Soon after Louth went 2–0 up when a penalty corner was dispatched into the bottom corner by captain Richard Limmer.
Louth then let Peterborough back into the game as they broke and scored despite the best efforts of James Keast, Hayden Arrowsmith, Richard Limmer and Matt Hulme in defence.
However Louth soon restored the two goal advantage as Limmer put away another penalty corner.
Louth began the second half strongly and it wasn’t long before the lead was increased with goals from Jonny Purkiss 2, Rob Chamberlain, Jonny Dyas and Will Trotter.
Peterborough continued to counter attack, but Ralph kept them at bay with a string of fine saves. The drama didn’t finish there, when with around two minutes to play Louth had two people yellow carded and sin binned; Stuart Trotter for not retreating five metres and Richard Limmer for a dangerous challenge. So Louth had to complete the game with nine men. Result 8-1.
Man of the match went to Ralph Willoughby for some superb saves and tackles on the floor.
Louth Men’s 2nd team travelled to City of Peterborough 9ths with only 10 players available. The team started well and held Peterborough for the first 20 minutes before Richard Hill was beaten after a penalty corner.
This sparked Louth into life with a flowing move between Tom Law, Martin Roe Tich, and AJ, which ended with Billy scoring from the left.
Things got even better for Louth when a shot by Tom from a Callum cross came back off the ‘keeper and Tich scored.
Peterborough came out in the second half and put Louth defence of Sam, Dave and Timmy under a lot of pressure which eventually told in an equaliser from a penalty corner.
With Louth tiring in the later stages Peterborough found the net again to record a 3-2 win.