Streatham Redskins’ Louis Lockwood rues disappointing weekend as team suffer two straight defeats

Streatham Redskins forward Louis Lockwood was left disappointed after his side succumbed to their second straight defeat of the weekend after being hammered by Wightlink Raiders.

A slow start to the game saw the visitors go two up after just 1.23 before Joe Allen pulled one back for Redskins before the end of the first period.

The hosts struggled after the break as Wightlink scored two goals in the space of 50 seconds and another before end of the second period.

Despite attempts to reduce the deficit in the final third Streatham failed to capitalise on their chances and conceded once more very late on.

This result follows their narrow 8-7 defeat away to Bracknell Hornets on Saturday, in which they conceded a late goal with just 1.18 left in the game.

Lockwood felt the disappointment from that defeat was still affecting his side on Sunday.

He said: “I think the tough loss to Bracknell was still on our minds even today.

“We didn’t start well against Wightlink and weren’t skating as hard as usual and when we went a couple of goals down we found it hard to get the momentum back.”

Despite the slow start to the game Streatham had the chance to level the match at the start of the second period but Liam Rasmussen missed a penalty shot which Lockwood felt was a turning point.

“I think if we had scored that it would have been a totally different game today,” he explained.

“But penalty shots are always tough because you have people shouting at you from all ends which you just got to block out.

“I also missed one late on against Bracknell which was really upsetting but unfortunately it happens.”

Wightlink’s Jaroslav Cesky and Ryan Webb scored within twenty seconds of each other to give the visitors an early lead on Sunday.

Allen pulled one back with a rebounded shot with just over a minute to go in the first period.

Rasmussen’s missed penalty after the break led to an Alex Barker double just after to give Wightlink a 4-1 lead.

Barker then got his hat-trick before the end of the period and Craig Tribe completed the 6-1 score line from close range with just 18 seconds left in the game.

Following Streatham’s two defeats this weekend Lockwood claimed it would be difficult to keep up with league leaders Chelmsford Chieftains but said they would keep fighting to maintain their title challenge.

“It’s going to be very hard from now on even if we don’t lose any games and beat Chelmsford three times,” he said.

“But we have all been really positive so far and we just need to keep plugging away and try get those wins every week.”

Picture courtesy of Rick Webb, with thanks

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