Derby Men’s 1st XI 3-3 Loughborough Men’s 2nd XI: Two-goal lead squandered as title pursuit suffers blow
Words by Emma Hartley
Picture by James Earnshaw
Loughborough Men’s 2nd XI came from two goals behind to salvage a point from Derby Men’s 1st XI as the sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
The hosts looked to continue their fine form at the top of the table as the season begins to wind down, whereas the away side came into the game sitting on just four points at the opposite end of the league.
Derby started strongly with the majority of the possession, forcing Loughborough to play on the counter attack for the opening half an hour.
However the visitors struck first against the run of play, making the most of a rare set piece with a clever routine and smart finish into the bottom corner to give them the lead after 31 minutes.
The lead lasted only three minutes, as Derby responded quickly through Jude Ayetine, whose scuffed effort crept into the net.
The first-half fightback carried on just five minutes later. This time the hosts had their own routine from a set piece, with Tomas Juntek finishing into the bottom right to give Derby the lead.
Ten minutes after half time, the hosts gave themselves a two goal cushion as Adam Prusa fired home, and the hard work looked to be done for Derby.
Loughborough though pulled themselves back into the game with 20 minutes to go after a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with, leading to a simple header from close range.
It looked as if Derby were closing the game out, however nice play from Loughborough lead to their striker tapping in with just a few minutes on the clock and that’s how the game finished.
Derby will look to bounce back in their next match; a trip up north to face Newcastle Men’s 1st XI.