December 11, 2017, by Cara McIsaac-Hall
Team of the Week: Men’s Hockey 2nd XI
This week’s Team of the Week goes to our Men’s Hockey 2nd XI, after securing a closely contended 2-1 win against local rivals Loughborough in an important, must win match.
On Wednesday, the squad travelled down to Loughborough knowing that a win would allow them to stay in contention for the title. The 3 points that could be gained from beating Loughborough would sit them comfortably in second place, just behind Edinburgh, going into the Christmas break.
After having previously drawn against Loughborough and recently drawing with Leeds, there was extra pressure for a win, to gain the points to secure their second place in the league.
A tough start to the match with a lot of turnovers to Loughborough, lead to Loughborough dominating the possession in the first 15 minutes. They consequently won a short corner where they scored from, leading Nottingham to be 1-0 down.
However, Nottingham didn’t let these first 15 minutes deter them, coming back strong with an equally as skillful goal from 1st year Angus Bradley, taking the score to 1-1 going into half time.
Nottingham knew going into the second half, a better performance was needed in order to secure a win. The team started more confidently than the first half, creating the majority of chances out of the two teams. Their second goal finally came from another short corner, with a flick into the top left corner by Jamie Adams.
Loughborough fought back by piling on the pressure on Nottingham, but with a resilient defence, they managed to maintain their 2-1 lead and are finishing the league in second place at the end of the term. Their man of the match went to Duglad Rhodes for his excellent performance in the team this week.
Being only 5 points behind Edinburgh, with a game in hand, the 2s aim for the New year is to finish in top position and win the BUCS league.
Congratulations to the Men’s 2s, hopefully next term can be as successful as this one!