A really frustrating and disappointing afternoon in Leicestershire against a side we really should be getting a result from. City dominated most of the play throughout but never really carved out that golden opportunity to put the game to bed.
It looked like a game where one goal was going to be enough and unfortunately, it was the home side in the dying minutes that grabbed that all important goal. A corner won against the run of play, a scramble, a ricochet, and a deflection and it’s in the back of our net, such was our luck.
Loughborough certainly started brighter and Joe had to be at his best to deny them a lead in a one on one situation. More worryingly for City, Tuesday’s hero Lewis Darlington succumbed to a hamstring injury following a hefty challenge after just 7 minutes. He had to leave the pitch, which was a shame as we were excited to see what impact he would make on the perfect Loughborough playing surface. Bradley Rolt took his place in the front line. City finished the first half on the front foot but only really tested the keeper with a well struck long shot from Mikey Davies.
Ingrey came on for Leech for the second half and whilst City enjoyed the majority of possession throughout it was Joe Welch who was the busiest keeper. Loughborough’s seemingly only tactic of pumping the ball long for their quick wide men worked well for them. As the half wore on, City were increasing the pressure and it felt like the foundations were being laid for us to snatch 3 points. Ingers did find the net with a cute finish but Rolt who got the slightest touch on the ball beforehand was adjudged offside.
Player of the match for me was young Patrick Staszewski, with honourable mentions for the two Joe and also Bridges who gave us more assurance and solidity in midfield. Good to see Brocolli get some minutes in towards the end.
Tough game coming on Bank Holiday Monday against the champions elect but if we click we can match anyone. Let’s bounce back in style!
Thanks to Crop Top Dan for the match report