Another week of turbulent & canceled fixtures meant that only one league fixture was played by LCKC this weekend. Sunday saw Tempest in action for the first time this season, against Nottingham City 3.
A spotty attendance and a couple of injuries/illnesses saw a slim on-court Tempest majority turn up, bolstered by Tom, Jenny, Pete, Paula & Aine. With only 3 boys total, Leicester was forced to play with 7, meaning one division of three. Taking to the dusty hall in defence were captain Neil, Tom, Claire (on debut) and Paula, leaving Pete, Chloe (also on debut) and Hannah in attack and Jenny & Aine on the bench with an injured Luca along for support.
The dusty surface played a part immediately with Notts taking a runner past a grip-less LCKC defence and making the scoreline 1:0 within 3 minutes. Leicester replied in kind with Pete beating both boys to pop up a runner just in front of the post. The change of ends had barely come by the time Claire found herself free in mid-court and popped up a textbook mid shot to land Leicester’s second of the game and Claire’s first goal ever! Paula too found herself on the score sheet with a characteristic one-handed hook from the backcourt finding the korf shortly after. This time it was Notts’ turn to sink a couple and at the next change, it was 3:3. A quick veer from Tom put Leicester up again but Notts replied and sank another. A runner each for Leicester (Pete) and Notts left the score tied at 5:5 for the half.
Hannah, who was struggling with injury and had, in conjunction with Chloe, been injecting huge amounts of energy into her division, repeatedly putting Pete under the post, came off for Jenny. So too with Paula & Aine. The team chat was positive, with all praised for their structure and intensity.
Back on court and Notts had made some changes too. Leicester’s defence was immediately tight forcing Notts to shoot long only. Finally, they found the korf from long but Pete quickly sunk a runner to even things up again. Another from Notts was followed by a veer from Tom as Leicester dominated the post and put in some exceptional feeds. A penalty to Notts saw them take the lead. The score was 8:7 and looked set to stay that way until Notts scored another. Leaving Leicester 2 down for the first time all game. Another 5 minutes and still no goals so Leicester took a timeout. With 5 minutes on the clock and only two goals in it, it was all to play for. Neil dominated collect & Aine owned the feed, while Claire bobbed & weaved in the mid-court, constantly providing a passing option. At the other end, Chloe kept her girl out of the game, making interceptions all but inevitable. 2 minutes later and Tom put up a runner bringing Leicester within one. As the clock counted down, Leicester dominated the attack but couldn’t seem to find the korf. At the buzzer, it was 9:8 to Nottingham and had been a fantastically spirited and competitive game.
- Pete (3)
- Tom (3)
- Claire (1)
- Paula (1)
A fantastic debut for Chloe and Claire and a great start to the season for Tempest, who will be back in action on November 19th at home against University of Nottingham 4.