The Lions looked set to bring home a win as they entered the final quarter of the toughly contended match, unfortunately they were narrowly pipped to the post by the strong Nottingham side in a 44-42 defeat.
On Wednesday Birmingham’s 2nds took centre stage at the Munrow Sport Centre against Nottingham University 1st in the Midlands 1A league. These two teams previously faced each other earlier in the season resulting in a 49-28 loss for the Lions.
UoB’s side came over strong in the first quarter with the girls presenting real passion, making for a highly entertaining game for the growing audience. However, the away team were quick to retaliate with some quick attacks up the left hand side, almost consistently resulting in goals.
The next two quarters made for a well-matched challenge for both teams as they kept up the creative attacks, with both teams securing vital goals and consistently counterattacking the other side’s pushes.
Nottingham’s defence were doing all they could to hold off the home sides’ attack however their attempts were often resulting in foals and thus proving a disadvantage to their play. The Lions made sure they took advantage of these mistakes to score some unpressured goals.
Birmingham’s goal scorer stood out as the women of the match with her consistent shots on target and composed nature amongst the frantic backdrop, proving a vital push for the Lions.
In the final few minutes of the game the pace quickened and unfortunately UOB seemed to slip behind as the Nottingham side began to push for a stronger lead. The Lions’ enthusiasm throughout the game cannot be faulted, however it was just a shame that within their final quarter they were unable to keep up their dominance in the game.
This loss means they will remain 5th in the league. Next up in this league they face Nottingham Trent on the 30th who currently hold 3rd position. Birmingham will hope to break this unfortunate spell of close defeats and secure an away win.