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Canterbury's men held to a 4-4 draw at Loughborough while Ladies lose Premier Division lead after 0-0 draw with Bowdon Hightown

10 February 2014
by Alex Hoad

Isaac O'Connor lunges forward for Canterbury against Reading.

Isaac O'Connor lunges forward for Canterbury against Reading.

There was frustration for Canterbury’s men as they were pegged back by Loughborough in a frantic finish in NOW Pensions National Premier Division on Sunday.

A see-saw game saw the hosts take a 12hth-minute lead through Kevin Ross, only for Kwan Browne to convert from a penalty corner to level 10 minutes before the break.

Loughborough went back infront through Ian Sloan on 51 minutes before a frantic finale which saw five goals netted in the final 10 minutes.

First skipper Michael Farrer made it 2-2 on the hour from a penalty corner and Isaac O’Connor gave the city club their first lead two minutes later.

Dominic Bowden made it 3-3 three minutes from time, but within seconds O’Connor looked to have snatched the points with his second, and Canterbury’s fourth.

However the Students won a last-gasp penalty corner and Sloan swooped to fire in his second and secure a share of the points.

A win for sixth-placed Canterbury would have closed the gap on a play-off place after fourth-placed Surbiton drew 4-4 at fifth-placed Wimbledon.

Canterbury’s Ladies saw their lead at the top of the Investec Premier Division wiped out this weekend.

Their advantage was cut to just one point as they were frustrated in a stalemate against Bowdon Hightown on Saturday.

The goalless draw at Polo Farm was the first time the city club have dropped points at home this season and ended a winning run stretching back to October.

Second-placed Reading went a point behind them after beating Beeston 2-0, but on Sunday afternoon both teams were overhauled by third-placed Surbiton.

Surbiton won 1-0 at Reading in a game arranged to allow Reading to compete in Europe, which saw the Surrey side leapfrog Canterbury on goal difference, though the city club do retain a game in hand on both their rivals.


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