Loughborough Students' Men's Hockey Club looks forward to welcoming new students to the Club in September. Details of trials will be added to the website in due course, but in the mean time please join this Facebook group for more information and updates:
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Loughborough Students finished their National League season with a defeat against fellow student team Exeter University in a thrilling match on England's south coast.
Exeter came into the game knowing that a victory would see them finish no worse than 9th and thereby avoid automatic relegation. Their survival mentality was clear to see at the start of the match as the hosts won a penalty corner in the first minute but were unable to convert. As Loughborough grew into the game turnovers became a common sight as both teams looked to counter attack quickly. After 10 minutes Loughborough had their best spell of the first half as they pinned Exeter inside their 25 for the best part of 10 minutes. Exeter defended resolutely however and Loughborough were limited to a single penalty corner that Richard Smith cracked off the left hand post. Having weathered the Loughborough attack Exeter took the game to their visitors and scored three goals in 10 minutes to take a commanding first half lead. Loughborough will reflect that they should have dealt with all three situations better but came out of half time knowing there was still plenty to play for.
From the second half push back Loughborough failed to deal with an aerial that after a passage of play led to an early penalty corner for Exeter. The home side again converted to add to their substantial lead. From this point Loughborough began to improve their level of play and cause more problems for Exeter. After 47 minutes some fast passing and good movement finished with Steven Hunter scoring past the Exeter keeper. Loughborough then won a series of penalty corners that again saw Richard Smith crash another drag flick off the post and have another shot cleared off the line. As Loughborough continued to push for a way back into the game they were reduced to ten men as Stuart Loughrey was yellow carded for what appeared to be minimal contact with an Exeter player. Loughborough were unable to add to their tally when down to ten men but did pull their goalkeeper as they tried to maintain pressure all over the pitch. As Loughborough returned to their full compliment of players so did their control of the game. After 64 minutes Smith scored a drag flick high to the keepers' left to add momentum to the Loughborough comeback. Despite more constant pressure Exeter were able to keep Loughborough at bay until the last minute of the game when Smith added a second drag flick which saw the game finish 4-3 to Exeter.
The final result proved disappointing for the visitors who showed that when they play at their best they can compete with anybody in the Premier League but were punished for periods of slack play.
Loughborough finished the season in 6th place in the Premier League, 4 points outside the play-off places.