A CROWD of over 700 flocked to Mortimer Park for Luctonians' first home game since February 2020.

They were treated to an open flowing game against Loughborough Students resulting in a 28-22 defeat against Loughborough Students.

The Students started strongly and scored when James Langstone stole through following a Lucs' error from 22 metres.

When Thomas Miles added the students second try but Lucs rallied and after playing some open rugby were duly rewarded when Aiden Cheshire was driven over to reduce the arrears to 5-14.

Man of the match, Lucs big second row Owien Harriott-Davis was then unlucky not to score when he just lost out in a sprint from halfway.

The home side were now in the ascendancy and pulled three points back when Owen Randell popped over a penalty on the half hour to make it 8-14.

But against the run of play and under pressure, Boro scored when James Daniel ran a diagonal line from his own 22 through the home defence to further increase their lead.

Roared on by the home crowd Lucs stole themselves back into the match bang on half-time when Sam Jones went over the whitewash following good forward pressure.

Randell again converting for a 15-21 score line.

The home side started the second half with plenty of purpose and Sam Jones scored his second try, Randell again converting to give Lucs a deserved 22-21 lead.

With the home side driving forward for more points Students snatched back the advantage with Tom Miles picking up the loose ball and converting his own try to make it 22-28