BUCS Midlands 2A
University of Derby 0 Loughborough University III 0 (att 30)
Up to last Wednesday I'd watched 139 consecutive matches without a goalless draw, but since then this was my third in six games.
Nil nil looked a likely result long before the end, as neither team were able to created much in the way of clear scoring chances. It was far from a dull game, just one lacking goalmouth excitement.
What thrills we did have were mostly packed into a lively final 10 minutes. A heavy challenge just outside the box resulted not just in a Loughborough free kick, but also in a fracas that ended with a red card for the visitors.
The free kick came to nothing but five minutes later, with a man advantage, Derby looked to have scored. The referee awarded the goal, but in the face of protests by Loughborough consulted the linesman (a Loughborough sub, no neutral assistants at this level). After a lengthy discussion the goal was ruled out for offside.
The frantic closing moments saw half chances at both ends, and an evening out of the numbers as a Derby player was red-carded, but no goals.
Derby's first team games are usually staged at Derby County's Moor Farm training ground, but this was played on an enclosed 3G pitch inside the university's Kedleston Road campus.
The new 3G is isn't on Google Maps yet, but click here for a map of its location