Leicester Tornadoes vs. University of Manchester – 22/10/2017

Sunday saw Tornadoes in action again and looking to secure a victory against University of Manchester and grow their streak of league games unbeaten to 13.

This time, playing at home with a brilliant bench of supporters, taking to court in attack were captain Craig Allison, Rob Parnham, Abbie Mycroft & Charlotte Heffernan, with Pete Wallett, Trevor Brown, Mel Kupaza & Aine Noonan holding down the fort in defence. The game was winding up well with Leicester sinking two or three for every one UoM could put past them. There were plenty of interceptions too and some excellent defensive pressure saw Leicester dominate possession throughout the half. Some tweaks from the sideline saw our attacks improve too as Aine found her feet in her first team debut and soon became a valuable option, helping Leicester’s attack even closer to the post.

As with last week, a spirited performance had given Leicester a nice margin by the whistle. The score stood at 16-5.

Off came Trevor and on came Tom. So too with Aine & Elle. The team chat was positive and the consensus was that more of the same would see us well through, so long as the intensity was kept up. A quick hands-in and it was back on court to see out our second big win of the season.

Manchester had dug deep at half time and, despite having no subs, had come back with a fresh intensity. Leicester had a few pairs of tired legs on court but the subs had plenty in the tank and soon the scoring started up again. With Charlotte and Abbie alternating their post play with Craig & Tom, some solid, structured play led to a couple of swift goals down one end, while at the other end, Dan & Pete were orchestrating some exceptionally co-ordinated defence to keep Leicester’s possession percentage high. The end changes came quickly and so too the tweaks to gameplay. A cutting call and more difficult runners saw Craig, Tom, Abbie & Charlotte switch from 2:2 to a more dynamic 3:1 in attack, while their defence remained tight and high-intensity. Down at the other end, co-ordinated defence shone through with Elle & Mel covering runners between them, while their attacks were simple but impactful. Dan dominated under the post leaving Pete & Elle to mop up veers & mid-shots under less and less pressure.

Towards the end of the half the fatigue began to dig in and Leicester’s intensity dropped but having built on our 11 goal lead, this was never going to be a problem (one for training maybe). Seeing out the half with shots still coming thick and fast and defence still largely solid, the final score was 28:13 to Leicester… treading ever closer to that 30-goal game.

Scorers were:

  • Pete (9)
  • Craig (4, 3 Pens & 1 Free Pass)
  • Dan (2 & 2 Pens)
  • Abbie (2)
  • Trevor (2)
  • Rob (1)
  • Mel (1)
  • Charlotte (1)

Leicester remain top of the table, now with a goal difference of 33 and will be back in action on November 5th, away in Nottingham.