Ipswich II 1 Old Loughts II 4
NE14HOCKEY East LeaguePremierIpswich II 1 Old Loughtonians II 4Ipswich turned in a much-improved performance on Saturday against Old Loughtonians.
NE14HOCKEY East League
Ipswich II 1 Old Loughtonians II 4
Ipswich turned in a much-improved performance on Saturday against Old Loughtonians.
The game started out an end-to-end affair, with both teams having their share of opportunities.
Pressure paid first for the visitors who went ahead after about 20 minutes, but Ipswich struck back quickly, turning a penalty corner opportunity into a stroke which Hannah Godfrey calmly put away to level the scores.
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Ipswich moved the ball round with more confidence than of late, switching round the back via Kat Wrinch and Beth Scott to retain possession until a path through the midfield could be found.
Phoebe Walker worked hard at right midfield to connect with Millie McWhirter on the wing, however, the home team still struggled to get the final touch towards goal and paid for their missed chances when Old Loughts counter attacked and secured a penalty corner.
Despite valiant efforts from Claire Gould, who saved the first two shots, a visiting forward pounced on the rebound and managed to find the net with the third attempt.
Old Loughts started to gain control of the game midway through the second half and their pressure paid off with a further penalty corner being slotted home convincingly and another goal from open play.
Unfortunately for Ipswich, they were unable to find the net from their own penalty corner opportunities and the three points went to Old Loughts.
Despite losing out on much needed points, this game showed a return to the more convincing performances from Ipswich earlier in the season.