Competing in their last game before the Christmas break, Tempest took to the court at David Ross Sports Village, Nottingham – bolstered by a handful of Leicester Tornadoes. The team consisted of Chloe, Claire, Jordan, Hannah, Neil & Emily (on debut) with a helping hand from Tom, Pete, Dan, Abbie & Rachael. At the first whistle, heading into attack were Dan, Rachael, Hannah & Neil with Tom, Jordan, Chloe & Claire in defence.
The goals fell tet-a-tet throughout the first half with Nottingham scoring and Leicester quickly replying at every change of ends. There were goals from Dan, a signature turn under the post from Rachael, a cracking long shot from Jordan and a nice veer from Neil. A penalty won and quickly sunk by Tom broke the longest stalemate, following a great runner and short shot by Jordan which was (dubiously) disallowed for being defended from the side. In the last attack, Nottingham replied with two leading into halftime.
At the half, the score was tight with Notts up. Off came Tom and on came Pete, so too for Rachael & Abbie as well as Hanah & Emily, making her debut for the sport, the club, and the team. Notts too had made substitutions and, sensing that it was still all to play for, had brought on some big hitters and fast movers across both ends.
Early in the half, Pete sank a wide veer thanks to great support play from Chloe. A penalty won and scored by Neil also punctured the Notts defence but Notts replied each time and Leicester struggled to close the 2-point lead. A great move around the post saw Claire come away with a free pass which she sank with absolute precision but finished as a travel after narrowly avoiding her incoming defender – with some clear encroachment failing to be called. Jordan was again hard done by as he was called defended from the side and a similar call against Claire set the tone for the half. Leicester would have to work against their opponents and the ref to win this one!
With 15 minutes to go, Jordan signaled to come off with his persistent knee issues playing up from being worked so hard! A timeout was called but moments later, before the whistle could be blown, Neil caught a pass awkwardly and had to sub himself off, leaving Tom to come on for Neil and Jordan having to fight through. After a number of big moves from Abbie, Dan & Tom, Tom managed to make a turn under the post and catch his defender napping to bring the score within one. A couple more to Notts and this time it was Emily’s turn to make an impact. As has become a tradition this year, scoring within 20 minutes of debuting, Emily made a fantastic run into the post, losing her defender and veering back to receive a perfect cross-ball from Dan. Planting her foot and shooting strongly, it was in from the moment it left her hands.
By the final whistle, it was 14-12 to Nottingham but spirits were high nevertheless after an excellent performance all round. A few pats on the back and some commiserations to lots of the team, especially Jordan and Claire who missed out on a couple of iffy defended calls left Tempest leaving with yet another Leicester moral victory ;)
- Neil – 3 (inc. 1 penalty)
- Jordan – 2
- Dan – 2
- Tom – 2 (inc. 1 penalty)
- Pete – 1
- Emily – 1 (debut goal!)
- Rachael – 1