North Notts Hockey Club will learn from Loughborough defeat, says boss Jay Faulkner

Boss Jay Faulkner says his North Notts Hockey Club side will learn from their 5-2 defeat against title-favourites Loughborough.

After last week’s champagne score line Notts were sent crashing back down to earth as Loughborough took all the points.

“Today we were completely dominated by a very good Loughborough side, who already at this stage of the season will be clear favourites to finish top of the league,” he said.

“We have no complaints with the result and will continue to try and improve each week.”

Notts had taken the lead inside 21 seconds through Allen Butler.

Incredibly Loughborough hit back through their own goal machine Mike White within a minute as he beat a number of tackles before firing home a stinging shot high into Paul Unwin’s top corner.

The game then settled with Loughborough enjoying the majority of the possession.

On 13 minutes Loughborough made the possession tell and took the lead with a simple strike.

Notts then tried to impose themselves on the midfield, but just couldn’t find their passing game.

Jason Barton failed to finish after he had been played through with a great pass on 20 minutes.

Jarvis found himself lucky to stay on the pitch after a poor tackle on a Loughborough midfielder on 26 minutes.

A minute later Loughborough were awarded a penalty flick after a strike struck a defenders foot on the line and they made no mistake.

Notts were looking like going in two goals down at half time, but a short corner won late in the half was duly converted by Butler taking his tally to seven in two games already this season.

Notts looked a little improved in the second half and one minute in came close with a Greer drag flick

But Notts were still struggling to get to grips with the Loughborough midfield.

And on 47 minutes Loughborough struck the killer blow to go 4-2 in the lead.

Three minutes Loughborough missed another penalty stroke to give Notts a slight glimmer of hope.

At his point Notts threw everything forward leaving gaps at the back.

It was apparent that this was never going to be the Manor Park club’s day as they consistently failed to find the final pass.

And, with three minutes remaining, Loughborough scored a fifth to seal the victory.