HOCKEY: Deflections defeat Louth men


After last week’s narrow victory over Long Sutton, Louth were in confident mood heading down to play Spalding 2nds.

The game started well for Louth, putting pressure on the home side and forcing two penalty corners, but neither was converted into a goal.

Spalding settled into the game and after 10 minutes opened the scoring when a ball was fired into the D from an angle and was deflected past Richard Hill in the Louth goal. Barely five minutes later it was two when Spalding again deflected in an angled cross.

Louth pushed forward looking for a way back into the game, provided on the half hour by Richard Limmer’s well struck penalty corner.

The home side responded immediately with another goal created from a long corner which was angled into the D and deflected into the Louth goal.

The half time team talk allowed Louth to regroup and the second half was better with penalty corners by Limmer and George Johnstone being saved and a defection by Robert Johnstone just flying high and wide.

Chances also fell to Rob Chamberlin and Jonny Dyas, but none were taken. Then during a Spalding attack Limmer brought down a home player with his stick and was yellow carded followed shortly by a home player for pushing Jonny Dyas.

The final action of the game saw the Louth defence breached once more when a shot was driven in from the end line, saved by Richard Hill but put in by a Spalding attacker. Final score 4– 1 to Spalding 2nds. Man of the match George Johnstone.

Next week both men’s teams are at home to St Neots 1st and Leadenham 2nd.

Louth Men 2nd team drew 3–3 with Bourne Deeping 5ths, Louth Ladies 1st drew 2–2 with Sheffield City Bankers and Louth Ladies 2nd team lost 2–1 to Woodhall Spa.