This Sunday Leicester’s thirds (again bolstered by some of the club’s more experienced players) arrived at Regent College to play their first home game of the season. With little availability from the Tempest boys, taking to the court were Bethan, Hannah, Luca & Pete with Chloe, Claire, Jordan and Tom in defence.
The game started slowly with almost 5 minutes before the first goal, a runner from Nottingham. Back down the other end, this was soon followed by a short shot from Bethan marking her club debut and inaugural goal. The ends changed and Notts’ defence sharpened. Timing her run perfectly, Claire drew a foul from an outstretched Nottingham arm and won herself a penalty. Hitting the back of the korf, unlucky in the bounce it was missed and collected by Notts. A veer from the opposition put them up again but this time it was Jordan’s turn to score, dropping in a long shot to mark his debut and first goal. As halftime drew closer, Paula came on for Claire who was feeling light-headed after leaving so much on the court. Pete scored a veer and, at the half, the score stood at 3:2 to LCKC.
The halftime team chat was all positive. With minor adjustments being made on the court, there was little to be said, save for sharpening up in places and doing more of the same! Coming back on, Luca won a penalty which Pete saw away. Thanks to a great set of moves from Chloe, Paula & Jordan, Tom found himself free 2 metres from the post with all the time in the world to shoot and score. Notts scored one in reply. Now 5:3, we changed ends. A swift runner from Nottingham’s girls soon made it 5:4. Luca fired in a runner and the ends changed again. Another to Notts made it a tight 6:5 with 4 minutes on the clock. Cleverly, with Chloe & Paula narrowly missing out on some fantastic moves into the post around their tight-marking girls, LCKC tied up the post, giving Jordan a feed and collect to shoot from. Firing in a great mid shot, Leicester cemented their lead. In the dying minutes, Notts looked frantic and it showed in two penalties being given in 60 seconds which Pete quickly mopped up.
At the whistle, it was a comfortable 9:5 to LCKC and a great performance from all of Tempest, who are next in action away to University of Nottingham 3 on December 3rd. Scorers were:
- Jordan – 2
- Bethan – 1
- Luca – 1
- Tom – 1
- Pete – 4 (3 penalties)