After a slightly delayed start at Bournbrook the match got off to an intense start, with both sides eager to push the other into a mistake.
The first and only goal of the game came for Nottingham in the 15th minute of the game coming from a solo attack across the goal, this time proving slightly too difficult for the Birmingham goal keeper to save.
Birmingham’s defence was quick to retaliate even when up against several Nottingham short corners, leaving the side to rethink some of their attacks.
After a long halftime chat the Lions appeared to come straight back into the game with a growing confidence. To the frustration of the Lions, the second half appeared to be full of disrupted play coming from the referees. An abundance of short corners and resulting discussions meant for a while play seemed disjointed for both sides, both looking for more creative attacks.
With consistent attacks and pressure on goal from Notts in the first and second half the Lions’ goal keeper maintained solid saves and safely cleared the box for Birmingham to begin their counterattacks.
In the final few minutes of the game Birmingham pushed to create an equalizer but with pressure mounting and Nottingham turning their efforts to defence it became a tall order for the team.
After an evenly matched face off Birmingham narrowly missed out on securing a win at home. With Loughborough winning yesterday Birmingham now drop to third place in the North A hockey team, an unfortunate outcome for a closely contended match. Next week they face Sheffield Hallam, currently two points behind, who they previously drew with earlier this season in a 2-2 finish. The Lions will hope to secure an away win and move back up the league in pursuit of the top spot.