A LAST-gasp strike from captain Vijay Chumber gave Ludlow Hockey Club a point from a 4-4 draw at promotion rivals Solihull Blossomfield in the West Midlands League Division One.
Ludlow were eventually awarded a penalty corner as the final whistle blew and Chumber flicked the second corner into the net to the relief – and delight – of his team-mates.
Earlier, Ludlow drew first blood and were awarded a penalty stroke, seamlessly converted by Brenden Pratt and Andrew Richards doubled the visitors’ lead.
Solihull hit back twice to level and then took a 3-2 lead before James Pratt struck to achieve parity.
Solihull scored again to go 4-3 in front before Ludlow salvaged a draw in the dying seconds.
Ludlow 2nd recorded a 4-2 home win over Pershore 2nd in a 2nd XI Division Two match at Much Wenlock.
Pershore gained a boost having taken the lead against the run-of-play from a well struck short-corner but Joe Haywood levelled.
Josh Rowson fired Ludlow 2-1 ahead and Tyler Davis hit the third.
Haywood wrapped up Ludlow’s win when, in an open position, he round the bedazzled goalkeeper to slot in the hosts’ fourth goal.
Jack Phasey, Jake Watts and Graeme Wilcox were all in top form, whil Henry Downes, Rowson and Aaron Wilcox also shone. The tireless efforts of wingers Davis and George Borns kept up the pressure.
Goalkeeper Luke Oatham pulled off a string of stunning saves despite conceding seven goals for Ludlow 3rd in a friendly against Cannock. A 12-year-old Cannock player scored Ludlow’s goal.