Chelmsford 0 Old Loughts 7
Slazenger Men's EHL Division OneChelmsford 0 Old Loughtonians 7An improved second half showing from Chelmsford stopped a thrashing becoming an embarrassment against local rivals Old Loughtonians.
Slazenger Men's EHL
Chelmsford 0 Old Loughtonians 7
An improved second half showing from Chelmsford stopped a thrashing becoming an embarrassment against local rivals Old Loughtonians.
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In a dreadful first half for the hosts, Chelmsford were one down within two minutes and four down within 20 minutes with open play goals from Oliver Didham, James Stedman, Chris Seward and Julian Halls.
Seward scored his second just before half time to make the score 5-0 at the break.
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Chelmsford then showed some superb mental strength to come back strongly in the second half, playing some excellent hockey in patches.
In fact, and slightly bizarrely, Chelmsford managed to force more penalty corners during the game than their opponents.
Despite this, promotion seeking Old Loughts completed the scoring with a second goal from a Didham penalty corner and a first for Alex Jennings.
While Old Loughts unquestionably deserved their victory, their finishing being of the highest quality, Chelmsford will go away believing the margin of victory was unjustified.
Eighth placed Chelmsford will now need to pick themselves up as they travel to Birmingham next Sunday to take on Bournville.
The midlands side have just slipped out of the promotion race over the last couple of weeks, but will be looking for a win to reignite their outside chances of a top two finish.