24th May, 2022

Loughborough win launches Sphinx into top four

FOOTBALL: SPHINX moved into the top four of the Midland Football Premier Division after brushing strugglers Loughborough University aside 2-1 at Sphinx Drive.

A pair of quality goals from Charlie Faulkner and Ryan Harkin helped Sphinx establish a two-goal lead at half time before University hit back through Ben Last on 73 minutes.

But Lee Knibbs’ men held on to earn another crucial three points and extend their impressive winning run at home to seven games.

Charlie Faulkner opened the scoring on 14 minutes when his lofted shot left University’s keeper with no chance.

Ryan Harkin then doubled Sphinx’s lead just four minutes later when his cut back created an angle which beat Loughborough’s keeper.

Sphinx keeper Jake Allingan had to be on his toes throughout the rest of the half as University peppered Sphinx’s net with shots, but they ended the half without reward.

University grew into the game and earned several corners after half time, all of which were cleared.

Pressure gradually built though and on 73 minutes the visitors pegged a goal back through Ben Last.

Late efforts from Ryan Harkin were denied as Sphinx held on for another crucial three points.

Sphinx are next in action on Saturday when they welcome Stourport Swifts to Sphinx Drive.

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