This weekend marks the first weekend of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in sport and show solidarity for those wanting to play sport at any level, from grassroots to professional. The Nottingham Lions have supported this cause for a number of years now, with some players opting to wear their laces all year round, showing that the fight for equality is not restricted to one month. The club purchased and provided the laces to players so that everyone could wear them no matter of social economic background. The boots were laced up, with the Lions eager to show rivals from the north that they meant business.
The game kicked off with both teams looking to assert their dominance early in the match. This back and forth continued, both teams struggling to get a firm grip on the game, providing some end to end stuff but it would be Yorkshire that would start to apply some pressure to the Lions’ back four. The Lions defence held strong, with Brett L winning some crucial headers. It took a Yorkshire super goal to break the deadlock coming from a loss of possession from the right side of the field by the Lions and the Yorkshire player taking a strike, 25 yards out, clearing the heads of the defence and finding the back of the net. However, as it has been throughout the season, the Lions remained focused and determined. The team created some super plays throughout the pitch, the ball being professionally manoeuvred around the pitch, trying to find the forward line. This was certainly not a one-way affair and the Lions were not out of this match.
The Lions started the second half strongly, not only retaining pressure but staying in the opposition’s half and taking the game to them. Craig J demonstrated an excellent standard of football, controlling the middle of the pitch both on and off the ball. Unfortunately the Lions could not find the equalising goal, even having one shot cleared off the line by a Terrier’s defender. A round of applause has to go out to the Terrier’s for showing great commitment in defence under the Lion’s pressure. The half continued, with neither team finding the back of the net. Andrew P found himself one on one with a Terrier’s forward, with Andrew P coming away with a brilliant save, preventing the visitors from extending their lead. With the match finishing at 1-0 to the Terrier’s, the Lion’s came away disappointed after the effort they put in, but optimistic for future matches to put the chances away that they couldn’t in this match.
Thank you to all the supporters that came along today, your cheers on the sideline do not go unnoticed and we’re grateful of friends and family members coming down to support the team.
Our next home match will be played on the 2nd of December, against the Yorkshire Terrier’s in the MUL. This again will be another match in which the team will wear their rainbow laces in support of the LGBTQ+ community. The Lions will also host a taster session before the match, allowing people to come down and introduce themselves to members of the team, have a little kick about and then enjoy what hopes to be another epic match! Details will go out on the Lions’ Facebook page closer to the time, which can be found below:
If you would like anymore information regarding the Rainbow Laces campaign, please follow the link to Stonewall’s website below, which features events and the chance to buy your own rainbow laces:
Next week, we travel up to the dizzying height of Glasgow where we face Edinburgh Hotscots in the GFSN cup quarter finals, details of this match can be found on the Fixtures page of this website. Please come down and support the Lions as they look to continue their successful cup run!