On a pitch that despite the weather looked almost perfect the opening quarter of an hour was very scrappy. After the opening period Loughborough began to settle and a Jamie Clarke flick on looked to have released Dom Brennan but good defensive work from Shepshed prevented a shot at the expense of the corner, from which Jake Betts
got in a powerful header only to see the effort blocked on the line. A few minutes later and Betts was called into action at the other end when a Shepshed cross looked destined to reach an unmarked Steve Chaplin, but Betts managed to recover and head the ball just before Chaplin. The opening goal arrived in the twenty six minute Alvin Jarvis surging forward played the ball to Clarke who touched it onto Shawn Richards and the Loughborough man picked his spot. The goal settled Loughborough who then had two goals, both from Clarke, ruled out for offside, before a flick by Clarke set Jarvis clear of the defence but Shepshed keeper James Martin won the one on one contest.
After the break Loughborough continued to dominate the game and should have had their second in the forty ninth minute but Will Grocott’s effort struck the post. In Loughborough’s next attack the ball went across the face of goal twice with three Loughborough players somehow failing to turn it into the net. With Loughborough creating chances but failing to take them Matt Langham, having already fluffed his lines twice plus having a shot that hit the post, settled the game in the seventy seventh minute. Dan Henton knocking the ball out wide to Richards, who had tormented Shepshed’s defence all night, went past his marker and put in a low cross that Langham converted.