Hockey: Doncaster relegated to new third tier of National League
Doncaster have been relegated to the new third tier of the National League after a 3-1 defeat to Loughborough Students.
Heading into the game sitting in the relegation play-off place, Doncaster needed a win or a draw to avoid dropping into the automatic relegation slot occupied by Preston.
The task was always going to be tough against a Loughborough side that had climbed into third in the league after a difficult start to the season.
Loughborough started the stronger, with a high tempo and control of possession.
Doncaster goalkeeper Ash Watson produced a number of key saves before Loughborough finally broke the deadlock from open play close to half time via a deflection.
Loughborough maintained their impressive intensity after the break but struggled to convert from numerous short corners.
They did however manage two further goals from open play before Doncaster grabbed a consolation effort from a Matt Gibson short corner.
Preston picked up a draw against Belper, ensuring they leapfrogged Doncaster into the final play-off place and sent the Town Moor side down as part of a league re-structure.