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