Birmingham 2nds faced league leaders Warwick 1s, at Metchley 3G on Wednesday the 22nd of February in one of the closing games of the season in the Midlands 2A Lacrosse league.
After a delayed start to the match the first face-off led to a quick on target shot from Birmingham, securing the first goal of the game. This put Birmingham in a confident position continuing into the first quarter showing good structure and cohesion in their team.
This strong lead was quickly diminished as Warwick looked to create a counterattack and continued their campaign for league title in their unbeaten season. The first three goals for Warwick were in quick succession with Birmingham having little time to defend their creative attacks.
In the second quarter the Lions came back into the game and seemed to show increased pressure on the Warwick side, unfortunately the goals just kept coming from the opposition. Warwick consistently produced shots on target creating a difficult quarter for the Lions goalkeeper.
During the third quarter there was a disagreement over a disallowed goal with the decision of the referee soon changing to a goal making it 5-1 heading into the final quarter of a tough game. The Lions appeared to lose some of their early cohesion and structure in the team set up leaving them at a slight disadvantage.
Warwick continued their push for a win and swiftly got three goals in the back of the Birmingham net despite a strong line of defence created by the Lions, taking it to 8-1. The final minutes of the game saw both sides slow in pace as Warwick attempted to defend their league rather than push for extra goals.
After a final push from Warwick the game ended 8-1 in a disappointing result for Birmingham who will look to improve their form for next week’s away game at Staffordshire. Once again this will be a crucial game for the Lions who now see Staffordshire quickly catching up behind them. Birmingham now slip down to third place in the Midlands 2A league with six points.