The UoB Women’s Hockey 1st XI will have gone into this game high on confidence following back to back, wins over Durham. Adding that to the fact their opponents, Nottingham, sat bottom of the Premier A North Division, with Brum in second trailing only Edinburgh- the home side were clear favourites to take the win.
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And it looked that way from the very first minute, as Birmingham looked by far and away the better side- their passing was crisper, their movement quicker and they controlled the game from the off. This quickly paid off for them, scoring from their third short corner of the game, with Holly Hunt lashing the ball home. But the opening passage of play was frantic from both sides, shown by the fact Nottingham hastily equalised through a short corner of their own.
It was then UoB truly began to show their class, with three quick-fire goals taking them to half time 4-1 up. Forward Hannah Martin really shone throughout the first half and was at the centre of all of Brum’s play as she exhibited some exceptional dribbling control, as well as some skilful passing and shooting.
The second half brought a more resolute and calm performance from Notts, but the away side were ultimately out-classed on the day, as Birmingham strolled home scoring two more goals on the way- Hunt and Martin being the main thorns in the Nottingham side. A complete performance from UoB, looking dynamic in attack and organised in defence, and they will go into next week’s BUCs clash with Edinburgh looking for revenge for their early season loss.
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