BUCS Midlands 1A
Nottingham Trent University 4 Loughborough University II 0 (att 15)
More midweek afternoon university football, this time on a recently-installed 3G pitch at Nottingham Trent's Clifton Campus.
I was last at Clifton in January 2008 when the University's first team used a grass pitch, which still exists, close to the main students' car park. Presumably that was long before the impressive new all-weather surface was installed, in another part of the campus.
I seem to bring NTU's footballers good luck, last time I saw them hammer Staffordshire University 9-1, and while this game was a lot closer they were still far too strong for Loughborough's second eleven.
For much of the first half the visitors' keeper was busy, making several good stops to keep out the home side. Eventually NTU went ahead, and by half time they'd built up a commanding 3-0 advantage.
With the contest effectively over, the second half was low key. NTU had the better of the play, but it took an unfortunate slip by the Loughborough keeper to gift the home side their fourth, and final, goal.
The new 3G pitch isn't on Google Maps yet, but click here for a map showing its location