University of Birmingham 2 vs Leicester 2 – 20/02/16

A tough match was in store for Leicester with the 3-match balance being shared one a piece before this game. A bit of a hodge-podge team, sourcing players from all three levels of Leicester Korfball and even utilising two guest players – Aisling Mullins, a former Leicesterite, now plying her trade for Nottingham Magic, and a combination of Emma and Kat – Birmingham University’s substiture girls that they were kind enough to loan to us.

The game started lively enough with Birmingham taking the early lead but the next ten or so minutes took on a much slower complexion as both teams settled in to their rhythm, both missing chances. As the half-time whistle blew it was 6-6 and everything to play for. First team captain Dan Hawthorne came on for third team captain Tom O’Callaghan and came into the game with fresh legs and fresh ideas.

Unfortunately, Leicester couldn’t take advantage of either of these things as we lost shape and tried one too many half chances, while Birmingham dialled in their range and found the korf again and again, outscoring Leicester in the second half 10-6.

Full time score: 16-12

Next match: Nottingham Magic 1 v Leicester 2; Friday 26 February @ 8pm – Bilborough College, Nottingham

 

Team news:

Matt C (c) (3), Tom (1st half) (1), Dan (2nd half) (2), Chloe

Adil (1), Pete (4), Sam (1), Aisling

Leicester Toto v Notts City 1 – 14/02/16

An exciting game in prospect with the scoreline from the first game being more than halved in our second match-up which showed Toto were improving with each fixture.

A quick start saw Notts City take the lead but Leicester were keen to keep them on a short leash and never allowed Notts to have more than a two-goal lead.

Matt Freeman’s first game back from paternity leave saw him bag three goals before Abbie Mycroft’s knee injury forced a reshuffle that saw him be replaced by Pete Wallett and Jenny Freeman make a much-anticipated return to the sport after maternity leave, a much earlier reappearance than I’m sure she was planning! The 10-8 deficit at half-time was soon made 12-12 with Notts keeping their noses in front by one goal until the dying minutes when Leicester got a last gasp winner to seal an historic 17-16 win.

Rob Parnham contributed a season’s best 5 goals with Adil Jaffer contributing another 4.

 

Team news:

Matt C (c) (2), Rob P (5), Mel, Chloe

Matt F (3), Adil (4), Pete (3), Abbie, Gemma W, Jenny

 

Notts Uni 2 vs Leicester Toto 07/02/16

Following on from Friday night’s effort against Voodoo, Nottingham University 2 were up next with barely a break between the two.

Having won 3 of the previous 4 meetings with university sides in the league, hopes were high to continue this good form and bounce back from Friday night’s defeat. A high tempo start but with few chances being converted meant the score was a modest 5-3 at half time.

After the break Leicester really turned on their game and romped into a heavy lead with Matt C moving into pole position as the team’s top scorer for the season by converting 5 of his opportunities, scoring 2 from 2 from the penalty spot. Final score: 16 – 6

 

Team news and scorers:

Matt C (c) (5), Tom (1), Becky (2), Mel

Rob P (4), Pete (3), Rachael (1), Gemma

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Nottingham Voodoo vs Leicester Toto 05/02/16

With a pre-Christmas fixture being rearranged for the start of March, this was the second team’s first encounter with Voodoo this season. Well matched in all areas, and with good starts to the season for both teams, this fixture and the follow up matches in March, should determine who finishes 3rd and 4th in the league.

Voodoo got off to a great start going 3-0 up in the first 10 minutes. Leicester regrouped and fought back and after a time out for a water break in an unusually warm hall, the score was 5-3 to Voodoo. At half-time it was 7-4 and Leicester came out fighting getting two quick goals after the break. Adil had to be substituted off when he went over on his ankle and it was scoring in turns for each team until the end, with Voodoo finishing 10-8 winners.

A terrifically close match that could’ve been lost and won by both sides but it’s first blood to Voodoo in the race for third. Special mention for Becky Kings who, following her step down from Tornadoes, followed up her first goal of the season with an amazing long shot for her second.

 

Team news and goals:

Matt C (c) (1), Tom, (1), Pete, Mel, Becky (2)

Adil (1), Rob P (2), Rachael (1), Chloe, Abbie

Notts Uni 2 v Leicester Toto 25/10/2016

A great start to the season for Toto as our first game saw us away to University of Nottingham 2 and the Leicester debuts for Nadia Woods and Melisa Kupaza.

A hotly contested first half saw a number of chances for both sides put away but with neither team able to assert dominance and as the half-time whistled arrived the score was 8-6 to Leicester.

A comparatively slow start to the second half saw just one goal in the first 10 minutes but there was soon a flurry as it began “raining goals” with 3 more in quick succession.

Stand out performance of the game was by Matt Freeman, who, besides doing some sterling defensive work, contributed to 6 goals to the final score of 13-7.

Team news and goals:

Matt C (capt.) (3); Jay Popat; Zoe Stephenson (1); Emma Spargo; Tom O’Callaghan (1)

Matt Freeman (6); Peter Wallett (2); Melisa Kupaza; Nadia Woods; Adil Jaffer

 

Toto team photo