LEAMINGTON Ladies suffered a heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat at Loughborough Universiity which ends their run in the national Investec Cup for another season.
The students started in dominant fashion and raced into a two-goal lead, but Leamington kept their heads up and pulled one back before half time, with Dani Black finishing off a rebound from the Loughborough keeper.
The visitors took great confidence from this and equalised soon into the second half, with Black again scoring the goal that took the tie to penalty flicks.
But sadly for Leamington they lost out 3-0 in the shoot-out and crashed out of the competition.
The defeat came just 24 hours after a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over North Notts which maintained their winning start to the season.
Black opened the scoring in this match after some good work by Kerry Luckett and Lucy Miszkowska, before Luckett added a second before half time.
The visitors did pull one back late on, which was the first league goal Leamington have conceded all season, but it was not enough to change the result and the hosts held on for their five consecutive win.
There was also success for Leamington’s mens side who recorded a thrilling 5-4 on the road at Pershore.
Liam Emerson scored a brace for Leamington, while Adam Carter, Jared Fox and Louis Loach all bagged a goal each to secure the win.
The men’s second team were also involved in a goal-fest although they sadly ended up on the losing side after going down 7-6 at home to Buxton.
After going 2-0 down the visitors managed to pull the game back to make it 4-4 but Buxton scored three on the bounce to take a 7-4 lead.
Leamington managed to get back to within a goal but they simply ran out of time.
The third team also slipped to a defeat after losing 4-1 away to Market Drayton, while Tom Freail’s first goal of the season was not enough to secure a win for the badgers team, who frustratingly lost 2-1 to Coventry and North Warwickshire.