Disappointment as NTU slip to second Varsity Hockey defeat

After seeing the NTU ladies lose their Varsity, our NTU men sought revenge on a tough UoN side but ultimately lost out 3-1 despite a gutsy performance.

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University of Nottingham 3 – 1 Nottingham Trent University

After seeing the NTU ladies lose their Varsity, our NTU men sought revenge on a tough UoN side but ultimately lost out 3-1 despite a gutsy performance.

On a freezing night at Highfields, NTU Men's Hockey started and immediately took the game to UoN with some early positive chances, and a tempo that had their opponents scrambling back to their own Dee. This prompted a response from UoN who nearly took the lead on ten minutes, a deflected effort had NTU's goal-keeper Gavin Adams pulling off an acrobatic save, high to his left. An end-to-end game was so far, seeing chances few and far between but a strong UoN spell 15 minutes in led to the first goal with a low drive to the bottom left corner following a long spell of possession.

The first half continued in an open manner with Max Helme almost equalising straight away for NTU before another great save by Adams. All of NTU's play was coming down the wings with Burkin having particular joy down the left, but a shot driven wide by Ollie Willars was the closest they could manage. It was a double agony for NTU as seconds later, with the last act of the half, UoN doubled their lead when a pacey cross was diverted in from a tight angle.

Much as they had in the first, NTU dominated the opening exchanges of the second half but were unable to fashion any clear cut chances. Williams and Callaway were looking comfortable at the back but struggled finding forward options as much of the play broke down in midfield. The game was then all but over with 15 minutes left. A close range effort from UoN extended their lead to three and forced drastic action from the NTU coaching team. An extra outfield player was drafted by subbing off goalkeeper Adams. The gamble bought momentum NTUs way, and the pressure was piled onto the UoN defence and although it proved little more than a consolation, Willars rifled his shot across the face of goal and into the top left corner to register the goal of the game.

With only 60 seconds left, there was no time for a comeback and UoN secured their second Varsity win of the night to take their series lead to 7-5. On the night UoN had offered just a little too much for NTU, and a little more class and quality gave them a deserved, if not hard fought win. The effort from NTU was immense, but a clinical edge eluded them and resulted in another disappointing Varsity result for NTU.

NTU Head Coach Will Murray said, "It was a tough day, I thought it was quite an even first half and we were unlucky with the score. Overall they were the better team, but we gave a really good show today. They [UoN] worked the ball really well and we just didn't have enough in attack, despite a very good goal at the end. They just had a bit too much for us."

Final Score: University of Nottingham 3 – 1 Nottingham Trent University

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Disappointment as NTU slip to second Varsity Hockey defeat

Published on 28 March 2014
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