Birmingham lost by a single goal and found themselves frustrated at the Bournbrook pitches by top of the table Nottingham, who remain unbeaten this season.
In the first half, Nottingham scored early on, capitalising on a lapse of concentration by the Birmingham defence, with their forward putting the ball past Amy Campbell in the Birmingham goal. After Nottingham went 1-0 up, the game became incredibly tight, with both teams battling hard in midfield and struggling to break through each other’s defences. There were no short corners in the first half, and chances were few and far between.
As the second half began, Birmingham were determined to find an equaliser and the game was far more open. Birmingham had a couple of short corners and pushed Nottingham right back into their half for long periods, but Nottingham defended efficiently and tried to hit Birmingham on the counter attack.
Birmingham were organised defensively themselves, particularly in preventing Nottingham from going 2-0 up in goal mouth scrap that would have certainly put the game out of sight. Unfortunately for Birmingham, the team with more chances in the second half, Nottingham managed to shut them out for the rest of the game.
After taking a draw away at Nottingham, Birmingham would have hoped to have found an equaliser, but it was not to be. They will go again on the 1st February next year when they play a domestic tie against University of Birmingham Women’s 4ths, who sit a point below them in the Midlands 1A division. Let’s hope that they can push on and grab some results next term.