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Match Preview: Shepshed Dynamo vs Loughborough University.

The Scholars will look to bounce back from Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat away at Shawbury United as they travel to local rivals Shepshed Dynamo. This defeat leaves Loughborough in 19th place in the Total Motion Midland Football League with 39 points. In a busy week, relegation has been confirmed for Haughmond and Rocester so only Shawbury out of the teams below Loughborough can catch them. Not content with finishing ahead of Shawbury, the Scholars will have to catch a resurgent South Normanton Athletic if they want to be 100% sure of their Midland League survival after the re-structuring.

 

Shepshed currently sit in 13th place in the league with 52 points from 37 games. Last time out they won a thriller 5-4 away at Westfields. Dynamo kept pegging back their hosts before snatching a late winner to secure all 3 points. The highlight of the game was no doubt Shepshed midfielder Liam Hurst’s goal from the half way line. With only 6 points separating 6th from 13th in the Total Motion Midland Football League, Shepshed have a good chance of moving up the table if they pick up a few good results in the last few games of the season.

Form (League):

Loughborough: WWWLL

Shepshed Dynamo: LDWLW

Loughborough squad:

Stallan, King, Davis, Croud, Moran, Bonner, Loasby, Crookes, Last, Boachie, Read, Duah, Dinsmore, Clibbens, Taylor, Daly

Head Coach Alex Ackerley names a strong squad for this crucial match. From the squad that lost at Shawbury in the week; Paul Braithwaite, Dan Hanson and Max Bardsley-Rowe drop out and are replaced by Harry Clibbens, Luke Moran and James Daly.

Last meeting:

The two sides shared a 2-2 draw at Holywell back in March. A Cam Gordon penalty gave the Scholars the lead but goals from Shay Brennan and Josh Barr-Rostron gave the visitors the advantage going into the final 10 minutes. Thankfully, skipper Matty Crookes popped up with a good strike from the edge of the area to level the scores and secure a well-deserved point for the Scholars.

Last season:

Last season the Scholars did the double over their neighbours as they won 2-1 at Butthole Lane thanks to goals from Matthew Crookes and Ben Last and they won by the same score when Shepshed came to Holywell thanks to goals from Ben Ward-Cochrane and a late winner from Drew Bridge which secured the Scholars safety in the Total Motion Football League Premier Division last season.