GRAHAM Hutchinson and Matt Blount found the net in Ludlow Hockey Club’s 5-2 home defeat against Tamworth in their final West Midlands League Division One match of the season.
Captain Vijay Chumber was disappointed with the result but pleased with the overall display his team, who finished third in the league.
Tamworth started the game strongly and put Ludlow on the back foot after converting a penalty corner. Tamworth went further ahead before the break and eased into a 3-0 lead.
Tamworth netted with their first attack of the second half before Ludlow pulled one back through Hutchinson. But Tamworth scored again before Blount bagged a consolation.
Jake Watts scored a spectacular individual goal in Ludlow 2nd’s 3-2 defeat against higher-graded Tamworth.
Ludlow were trailing 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining when Watts showed skill, strength and speed to dribble 60 yards through the Tamworth defence before rounding the goalkeeper to score.
The goal inspired Ludlow, who rallied and upped their game to hold back Tamworth for the remainder of the match.
Earlier, Kevin Boulton stepped in to Ludlow’s defence, due to the unavailability of the Wilcox brothers, and gave a good performance.
He, along with regular stalwart Josh Rowson both worked well with an in-form Henry Downes in goal.
Charlie Lyth returned to the side and made a dazzling first-half impression.
Despite some fine play from Jake Watts, Matthew Brundrett and Edward Brundrett, Ludlow conceded two goals.
Ludlow upped their own game and began winning short-corners the last of which was squeezed in on the far post by Edward Brundrett on the whistle.
Ludlow’s celebrations were short lived when Tamworth put away a third goal eight minutes after the break.
Twelve-year-old Mark Sandell was the outstanding player for Ludlow 3rd in a heavy 6-1 defeat against Tamworth.
Jack Pritchard scored the goal for Ludlow, who were well beaten in their final game of the season.
Club spokesman Martin Watts said: “There was much to celebrate for this development team with outstanding performances from the young players and also from experienced senior players Jim and Vanessa Campbell.”
Meanwhile, Ludlow Hockey Club are holding their annual seven-a-side mixed tournament on April 12 at Much Wenlock.
The event takes place from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and the club will come together to celebrate another successful season.
Ludlow Hockey Club are staging an in-house horse race night at Ludlow Rugby Club on April 12.
The event is not open to the general public and a £2 entry fee includes a ticket for prize-raffle draw.
Punters will be able to bet on a selection of horses and races to win cash.
Budding horse owners can also buy or sponsor a horse and name it and the jockey for just £5, with winning horses will earn prizes for their owners, including a meal for two at The Marches, paintball day for five, Body Shop hamper, You Too Hair voucher, NSPA voucher, junior paint ball day for two, sports massage and a Griffiths’ meat voucher