Birmingham’s incredibly strong team showcased a commanding performance over Leeds Beckett 1s: with a 50-26 win they picked up their 3rd victory of the season.
Throughout the match, the Lionesses dominated the game with some very impressive passing and consistent shooting from the 6’5″ shooter, Katarina Short. This was accompanied with outstanding defence from Fran Williams, currently England Roses’ U21 captain, which all ultimately proved too much for Leeds Beckett to handle, as she skilfully pushed the shooters out wide, and collect almost every rebound possible.
The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the match. Birmingham came out with strong intent and took control of the match from the first minute. They took advantage of Leeds Beckett’s initial mistakes, and capitalising on each of those turnovers, with Short’s shooting accuracy at 100% in the first quarter as the Lions pulled away to take a 17-5 lead.
This momentum from UoB continued into the second quarter as Birmingham ensured that they took care of the ball when it was in their possession, not letting Leeds intercept their strong passing as they extended their lead to 32-9.
However, when Leeds had their chances, their mid court were very clinical in getting the ball to their attacking end and their shooter made no mistakes once she had her chance ane put on an impressive display.
For the duration of the two remaining quarters, Leeds Beckett came out looking a stronger set-up. They made changes which added a new dynamic to their side with successful changes in defence. These led to increased pressure on Birmingham’s attackers, although it never looked a challenge for them as they held their nerve, and with thanks to great movement from Helen Carter-Roberts and Ellie Rattu in GA in the goal circle, the lead extended for Birmingham with Short’s shooting never looking troubled.
The 3rd quarter finished with the Lionesses’ leading 40-18, with Birmingham also bringing on substitutions which added a new energy to their side. They finished off the game displaying superior movement throughout the court, strong defence and ability to capitalise on their chances when they gathered the opportunity, resulting in an outstanding performance, and a 50-26 win for UoB.
This victory means they will continue their reign at the top of the Premier North table, with plenty of positives they can take away from the match against a strong Leeds Beckett side.