Crunch time! 3 teams the CEKL league 1 had perfect records going into this weekend. Birmingham city have won all 4 games whilst Leicester and Manchester hawks had both lost all of their 4, not a perfect record to be proud of. The day had come where the teams sat at the bottom would meet and see who could take a massive step towards survival.
It was Leicester who started the brightest with 6 quick goals coming early on. Hawks had to do something to stop the momentum and forced into a timeout only 10 mins in. Back on court and Hawks had responded to the break but Leicester continued to show their dominance but a few missed chances and simple Hawks goals concluded the half at 11-6. Keen to continue the tempo, the half time message was to carry on and not drop pace. Hawks got their tails up and started what looked to be the most unlikely of comebacks. Another penalty for Hawks and Dan cheekily called a time out at 12-8 whilst waiting for the penalty to be taken. Few words were used (some not to be repeated) as it was important to get everyone back on song. They converted the Pen making the score 12-9. The team talk at the timeout clearly had its desired effect as Leicester blew hawks out of the water and they were unable to keep up. The game culminated with a half way line screamer from Trev at the death to make it 21-10 to Leicester. They had done it!
“Such a solid performance from everyone and the ability to ride out a poor 15 mins from us and turn it back on at the end was a real test of our character, I am so glad everyone really turned up for this vital game.” Words from the captain following the match.
Dan Hawthorne (9)
Andy Cunningham (2)
Craig Allison (2)
Rob Wright (2)
Trevor Brown (2)
Charlotte Heffernan (4)