Students will stay positive and look for upset against Holcombe says Griffiths
GETTING beaten every week is tough for team morale but Loughborough Students and England star Jonty Griffiths insists he is seeing improvements – despite having their Premier Division status under serious threat.
The Leicestershire side went down heavily to East Grinstead, but the scoreline was an unfair reflection as the hosts held their own for large parts of the contest.
Andy Piper and Nick Catlin scored twice for East Grinstead, while Sam Driver and Martin Scanlon also netted as the visitors pulled away late on for a handsome result.
But Griffiths is not too downhearted and was encouraged by his side’s display, although he admits that this season has been a baptism of fire for him and his team.
“Again we contested for large parts of the game, we were 3- 2 behind at one point and
had real belief as we pushed forwards that we could go on and get that point,” he said.
“The game became more end- to- end and it has been like that all season, the class of the opposition has shined at the real key moments whereas we have lacked the necessary experience unfortunately.
“This is our first year playing in the Prem and it has proven to be a big step up.
“The difference in quality is not that big but teams take their chances more often at this level.
“It is hard to find positives every week but we had a strong run in BUCS and won a lot of games, so we have tried to take that confidence into the league, but it is difficult because the results don’t tend to favour us.
“The main positive to take is that regardless of the scoreline we have always competed and we have always shown our best and gone close on a couple of occasions.
“Even when we are playing teams at the top, we are always in with a shout and hopefully we can continue to do that for the rest of the season.”
East Grinstead remain sixth in the table but they are now four points off the top four, and still have a game in hand.
But they next face tabletoppers Wimbledon, who remain unbeaten.
Meanwhile, Loughborough must now prepare for a daunting trip to play third- placed Holcombe and Griffiths says his team will not go out and defend, as they target a major upset. He added: “We are free to go and play with freedom and take what we can. “A lot of people expect us to go down so that is the mentality we are in now. We are trying to keep the mood high.”