It was bitter pill to swallow for the Lionesses, as despite their best efforts, Northumbria proved too tough to handle in a try fest that ended 15-52.
Birmingham couldn’t have asked for a better start; a turnover within the first minute after kick off led to a well-worked, team try in the corner. Their lead however was quickly diminished: the Lionesses were punished for a missed tackle in their own 22, allowing Northumbria to even the score board, 5-5.
The outlook remained a positive one for the home team as they dominated the opening with fantastic phase play. Unfortunately, errors proved costly as Northumbria capitalised on a drop ball, putting their second try on the board.
From here on, the pressure began to mount for Birmingham. Trapped in their own half, they battled bravely, but to no avail, as two tries came in quick succession for the visitors. By the 31st minute, the score was 5-26.
Northumbria’s Outside Half had orchestrated plenty of tries so far, got a reward of her own: a fantastic solo try, beating 3 defenders to go under the post. Birmingham, despite being 28 points behind, held their ground and after some persistent and impressive attacking, play worked their way up to their opponents’ try line, only to concede a last-minute penalty.
The Lionesses – determined – started the second half admirably. However, the partnership between Northumbria’s Outside Half and Outside proved difficult for Birmingham as they linked up well to allow number 10 in for her second try. This partnership continued to haunt the Lionesses, but courtesy of Birmingham’s full-back, many of their advances were halted by some excellent try saving tackles.
Two impressive tries for the visitors’ Outside Centre in the final 20 minutes, at first, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Birmingham, with the score at a demoralising 5-52. However, the Lionesses, didn’t give up. Determined, they fought back with valiant team play to add their second try. With hopes high amongst the team and the crowd, a brilliant third try for the home team ended the match on a positive.
The Lionesses should feel optimistic going forward. They showed some impressive play and if they continue their impressive final 15-minute form, their next match against Edinburgh on the 24th of October wiill surely be an exciting one.