Dominant first half sees the M1s to a comfortable 6-1 win over Old Loughtonians + Men’s Round Up

A dominant first half performance saw the M1s to a comfortable 6-1 victory over local rivals Old Loughtonians.

Southgate came firing out of the blocks when Alex Williams opened the scoring in the second minute, running away from the goal, Williams turned and shot across the goal beating Fred Whitfield in the Loughts goal at the far post. Southgate’s second came two minutes later when Timmy Smyth deflected in a cross from Simon Walker. With ten minutes gone, Williams extended the lead further getting his second after Sam Mee’s initial shot was saved by Whitfield, Williams was on hand to put the rebound away. Ten minutes later, the M1s were four up thanks to a John Sterlini penalty corner finding the top right corner of the goal.

Against the run of play, Old Loughts got one back via a Rory Coltham penalty stroke in the twenty fifth minute, the teams going into the break with the score at 4-1. The half time interval gave Loughts time to regather and they came out with a more composed performance enjoying possession for the majority of the half, however a displined Southgate defence gave them few shooting opportunities, and their patience paid off when Mee extended the lead shooting from the top of the circle in the sixty eighth minute. Smyth completed the scoring, also getting a brace in the last minute when Christy Walklin broke from defence, found Tim Luscombe in the circle, who made a reverse stick pass across the goal for Smyth to tip in.

Alex Williams got a brace on Saturday. Old Loughtonians v Southgate – Men’s Hockey League East Conference, Roding Sports Centre, Chigwell, London, UK on 20 October 2018. Photo: Simon Parker

The M1s now travel to Cambridge City on Saturday looking to extend their winning run.

M2s won 2-1 v Richmond which takes them up to 2nd in London Prem.

M3s won 6-0 v Hampstead & Westminster which sees them up to 3rd in London Div 1

M3As won 2-1 v WGC 2s and they remain top of East 6SW

M4s drew 2-2 v London Royals 1s and remain 4th in London Div 4

M5s lost 9-1 v PHC Chiswick 3s in London Div 5.

Flagons – no match

Magnums lost 5-3 v St Albans Centurions in London Grand Masters.

Tankards A lost 2-1 v West Herts 5s which sees them 4th in East 7SW.

Tankards Y won 5-0 v Broxbourne 5s which sees them 2nd in East 8SW.

Tankards Z – no match