Loughborough University produced a comprehensive performance to see off Rocester 5-1 in the Total Motion Midland Football League Premier Division. Two goals mid-way through the first half set the tone for the performance and despite the visitors pulling a goal back before half time this didn’t faze the Scholars who asserted their dominance in the second half by making the score line comfortable.
Loughborough started the brighter of the two sides with Ben Last trying his luck from distance early on and then Alex Dinsmore shot just wide after good work from Alex Read. Rocester then nearly took the lead completely against the run of play, Joe Brockley’s long rasnge free kick was allowed to bounce and had to be tipped over by George Hobbs in the Loughborough goal. This near miss just made Loughborough more eager to get the opening goal and they did just that after 29 minutes. A short corner was played to Read who floated a lovely ball across to Kumbirai Mutamba who managed to get his head on the ball and score from the tightest of angles. Shortly after that Loughborough’s lead was doubled as they were awarded a free kick outside of the area and Read curled in a beautiful second for the hosts. This forced the Rocester manager into action as an early change saw them have their best spell of the whole game. A wayward pass from Last presented Carl Allen with the visitors’ best chance but his shot was well saved by Hobbs. From the resulting corner Rocester got a goal however, the corner wasn’t dealt with and Tom Brown smashed home to make it 2-1. The Scholars went in at half time knowing they were in a for a tough second half despite dominating for much of the first.
Any thoughts of a Rocester comeback had vanished 60 seconds into the second half, a 60-yard run from Jacob Croud lead to him being fouled on the edge of the box, Read repeated his first half magic to take the Scholars lead back to two. From then on it was all Loughborough, Tobias Aromolaran, Croud and Last all had good chances to further extend with Last coming the closest as he forced two good saves out of the Rocester keeper. It was third time lucky for Last however after 70 minutes as his shot from the edge of the box ended up in the corner of the net. Aromolaran then squared for Read who had his shot well blocked and then somehow couldn’t force the ball home in the goalmouth scramble that followed as Loughborough sensed they could even further increase their lead. The scoring was rounded off with 10 minutes to go as Read headed home from an Aromolaran cross to complete his hat trick and a comprehensive performance from Loughborough.
Overall, it was a solid performance from the Scholars to pick up their first home league win of the season against a team who had no answer for their movement, pace and skill. The win and the manner of the performance will give them immense confidence going into a tricky couple of away league games at Sporting Khalsa and AFC Wulfrunians. The next game at Holywell isn’t for a month as the Scholars host South Normanton Athletic on 4th November with a 3pm kick off.
Loughborough: 1. Hobbs, 2. Davis, 3. Croud, 4. Braithwaite (Lynam), 5. Bonner, 6. Loasby, 7. Aromolaran, 8. Last (Daly), 9. Dinsmore, 10. Read, 11. Mutamba (Hanson).
Subs not used: 12. Moran, 13. Stallan.