Varsity series levelled after resounding comeback victory by Men's Footballers

NTU come from 1-0 down to comfortably win a scrappy and feisty Varsity affair 3-1 and level the 2014 series at 7-7. With just 1 fixture left to play, it's down to Cricket on 6 June to determine who wins the 2014 Varsity Series.

NTU come from 1-0 down to comfortably win a scrappy and feisty Varsity affair 3-1 and level the 2014 series at 7-7 with just one Cricket fixture left to play on 6 June.

The game started in a pacey and aggressive manner as both teams came flying out the blocks. Neither team managed to settle down or get the ball on the deck as long hoofs, and balls down the channels, dominated the opening plays. It was UoN who finally managed to make the first effort on goal. Following a high boot from NTU's Jack Edwards, a free kick was lofted into the NTU box, but headed just wide. A second free-kick ten minutes later proved to be an easy save for NTU keeper Jamie Martin and from his goal kick, NTU fashioned their first chance, but Jamie Cross's shot was straight at the UoN keeper.

The games' first goal then came after 24 minutes, a slip by NTU's right back allowed UoN in, and from a low cross their initial shot was saved by Martin, but the ball spilled out and was tapped home from two yards – a sloppy goal to concede from NTU's point of view. Going behind seemed to spur NTU on however and just five minutes later they equalised. From a touchline free-kick, Paul Hodges was played in between the UoN defence and he chipped his effort beautifully over the outstretched arms of the UoN keeper to make it 1-1.

From the restart NTU immediately regained possession and went on the attack down the left. And when Hodges got the ball on the edge of the penalty area, he turned his marker with style before drilling the ball to the near post for winger O’Malley to turn it in under the keeper. Two goals in two minutes got NTU pumped and they piled on the pressure for the remainder of the first half. The comeback was then complete two minutes before the break. A corner from the right was headed home by NTU midfielder Edwards as UoN looked around in despair at their own capitulation. The joyous spirit of the NTU players on the pitch was only bettered by the Poznan celebration spreading through the Trent Army in the stands.

With their two goal lead, NTU came out more settled in the second half, getting the ball down and controlling possession well. As they closed UoN down quickly off the ball, any threats on the NTU goal were quickly snuffed out. Cross almost made it four after jinking through a host of UoN players but his shot was parried away and then missed on the rebound by Hodges. As the subs were introduced the game lost any remaining fluidity and aside from one stinging shot that had NTU's Martin producing a superb save at full stretch, the game petered out towards the end.

After a cagey start, NTU really took hold of the game and were worthy winners. Their blitz attack proved too much on the night for a rather lackluster UoN team who at the end of the day just couldn't penetrate enough. The final whistle brought the raucous NTU crowd onto the pitch for a huge celebration as the NTU team enjoyed their hard earned victory. And with just one fixture to go, it's now 7-7 in Varsity. Crickets up next on 6 June... Winner takes all.

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

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Varsity series levelled after resounding comeback victory by Men's Footballers

Published on 21 May 2014
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