By Callum Croson: Chris Dempsey’s early strike could not prevent Staffordshire University Men’s 1st team from losing their unbeaten home record after going down 2-1 to Loughborough University 4ths.
The defeat ended Staffs’ impressive run of three straight wins after they conceded two first-half goals in as many minutes.
The first came in the 20th minute, when Loughborough’s Chris White cut inside and curled an effort into the top corner, despite Staffs ‘keeper James Mortlock getting a fingertip on the ball.
A minute later, a free-kick by Edward Nobbs drifted over everyone, including Mortlock, to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
The goals turned the game around after Staffs started brightly. Chris Dempsey scored in the opening five minutes when he lobbed home after seizing on a long ball from Joe Grant
Dempsey twice went close again in the early exchanges, with an overhead kick and a low drive from the edge of the 18- yard box.
But Loughborough’s counter-attacking caused Staffs problems, while an injury to captain Tom Biggs added to their woes.
Staffs almost equalised just before half-time when midfielder Jack Cole’s header from a long throw in was saved.
The second-half was evenly-contested. Staffs pressed for an equaliser in the last ten minutes but clear chances were hard to come by.
Despite the defeat Staffs remain in the hunt for promotion and will be looking to bounce back in their next fixture against Anglia Ruskin in the Midlands Conference Cup.