Crushing Hockey defeat sees Uni Of take Varsity lead

With the series tied at 5-5, UoN seized the opportunity to take the lead back in the 2014 Varsity, defeating our NTU ladies at Highfields.

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University of Nottingham 7 – 0 Nottingham Trent University

With the series tied at 5-5, UoN seized the opportunity to take the lead back in the 2014 Varsity, inflicting a heavy defeat on the NTU ladies at Highfields.

After a cautious few opening minutes, the question of who would grab the initiative quicker was settled emphatically by UoN, and only a last gasp block from centre-back Amy Matharu from NTU prevented a UoN lead within the first five minutes.

The first goal was only seconds away though, NTU keeper Alex Wadeson was forced into a smart save low to her left, but could only block into the path of a waiting UoN forward, who slotted home with only six minutes gone. The lead was doubled two minutes later when from a short corner the ball was driven low through a crowd of NTU defenders, nestling in the corner of Wadesons net.

A high, and quick pressing game from UoN frustrated the NTU team as they struggled to hold onto possession, and confidence seemed to drain. There was no letting up from UoN though, and only a few last ditch tackles from Matharu and some great saves from Wadeson prevented further goals.

NTU's Becky Martin then got in on the goal-line defending act, taking a close range shot to the fore-head, saving the shot but conceding a penalty flick. The flick had to wait while a concussed Martin was helped from the field, but the result was almost inevitable, as the UoN lead extended to three. That three then became four just before half-time thanks to a midfield drive from UoN with a finish tucked under away past a helpless Wadeson.

NTU came out for the second half with a bit more 'umph', finally seeing a bit more of the ball and pushing UoN back to their own Dee. The game opened up as UoN hit back on the counter but failed to take advantage, though NTU's woodwork took a pounding in the process. Howie Howells kept up the NTU tempo chasing down every lost cause, but when the ball did come, a lack of support scuppered any chances from developing. NTU's brighter spell was dashed ten minutes into the second half following a well worked UoN short corner that took the score to 5-0.

NTU nearly pulled one back minutes later, but the umpires ruled it out for a high stick, much to the fury of coach Sophie Robinson. As the second half went on, the game became a much tighter affair with few chances, in fact the only chance to note fell with 15 minutes left and was converted with precision by UoN. NTU's Howell and Kitty Bridgwater looked brighter on the counter but struggled to create anything clear cut. UoN finished the scoring with five minutes left, scuffing in a shot past Wadeson to bring up a 7-0 lead. With creativity proving to be the real difference between the teams, only the impressive defensive capabilities of Matharu and some smothering saves from Wadeson kept the score down.

With a final score of 7-0, UoN were good value for their win. A lacklustre NTU attack failed to trouble as UoN outclassed the pink ladies in almost every department. Though it must be said, the ladies gave 100% for the full 70 minutes.

Final Score: University of Nottingham 7 – 0 Nottingham Trent University

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Crushing Hockey defeat sees Uni Of take Varsity lead

Published on 31 March 2014
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