First up for newly promoted Leicester was last years champions Manchester warriors away from home. Hardly an easy start to the league! We all knew it was going to be a tough start and arguably let that get to us in the first 10 mins; going 7-0 down before Andy salvaged one back with the cleanest shot you’ll ever see, not even touching the sides. At 7-1 Dan, captaining his first game at Leicester, called for a timeout to try and rally the troupes, this had the desired effect with goals from Trevor and Charlotte going unanswered bringing the score back to a more respectable 7-3. This seemed to provoke Manchester into action who showed their class with a few unstoppable long shots and a nice goal from Ant saw Leicester go in at half time 12-4 down.
Half time was a good chance for us to take on fluid and try and reset the minds. Craig replaced Andy and Rob came on for Ant for his Leicester debut and was quick to get into the game fighting for every loose ball much to the annoyance of the Manchester girls. We identified Craig’s match up as one to exploit and quickly put that into action with a trademark Craig runner coming early in the second half assisted by Rachael. Goals were flying in both ends with a lovely cheeky drop off from Charlotte for her second. Another runner from Craig showed that even with the result potentially out of the question Leicester were still showing the fight that Dan had hoped for at half time. Craig continued to cause trouble for the Manchester defense after good link up with Sam he found himself causing the switch which Dan happily converted. Rob, who had the trouble of being marked by the tallest man on the planet, had to work hard for every ball and found himself running his man and a beautiful finish gave him his first Leicester goal. Even the Manchester players in the other end we applauding the finish! There was enough time left in the match for Trevor to show his finishing converting a free pass in true casual Trev style!
A special mention to Chloe, Sam, Rob and Andy for their first Leicester appearance with the girls being promoted from within the club and their performances showed how easily they have fitted in. Excitingly, I suspect there is much more to come from them! A solid effort from the squad today and the only losing team to score more than 9 in what is going to be a very tough league. Happily there are signs that Leicester might just feel at home here!
Trevor Brown (2)
Craig Allison (2)
Charlotte Slater (2)
Robert Wright (2)