Lions 3-0 Leicester Wildecats

After a fourteen month break whilst Gresham was being upgraded Nottingham returned home to win a closely contested “big cats” local derby with a powerful second half performance.

Both teams felt their way into the game but then Wildecats took control from ten minutes in without actually producing an end product.

They mustered three chances; a free kick effort wide and a cross hitting the top of the crossbar both worthy of mention.

Outstanding defending with Brett prominent kept the Cats out and his pairing with Adam W worked well.

Lions were extremely quiet and not on their game finding it difficult to get into opposition territory.

Playing as a lone striker Jack H received little service but he kept Leicester’s back four honest. However, a great four man move through centre field saw him almost free on goal.

Lions began to come into the game now as Shaun L did excellently in losing his marker only to see the keeper bravely pounce at his feet.

In all honesty chances were at a premium with Leicester winning on territory and possession but not, more importantly, on the scoresheet.

HT: Nottingham Lions 0-0 Leicester Wildecats

A half-time team talk saw Nottingham return with eagerness and a high press.

Within two minutes Shaun L’s constant badgering forced a defensive mistake and from Treaders looping deep corner Andy P headed home at the back post.

Two more corner’s were gained in quick succession, Shaun L fighting hard again followed by Iain G’s barnstorming run down the left flank.

Lions had their mojo back and the tide was turning. Just approaching the hour mark Sean M ran confidently through midfield before releasing Treaders, his goal-bound shot could only be parried and Shaun L was there to tap in.

Within minutes, Brett chased a clearance from a corner, ran to the byline, crossed and saw the Cats keeper save at point-blank from James M.

Tired legs were now evident and the game really opened up with space everywhere but Wildecats were feeding off scraps as Robbie played the sweeper/keeper role to great effect.

On eighty minutes Andy P was felled and Josh W confidently scored from the spot to complete a solid victory after some early worries.

FT: Nottingham Lions 3-0 Leicester Wildecats

Both teams played it in the old MUL tradition giving pitch time to everyone with Lions youngsters visually gaining in confidence which was so pleasing to see.

A special mention however goes to Brett who seems to get better with age, an absolutely awesome performance covering every blade of grass.

A fourth successive victory which is in-fact, Nottingham’s best run of results for over seven years

Lions – Gareth D, Callum C, Nicholson, Adam W, Brett, Andy T, George, Josh W, Mario, Andy P and Jack H.
Subs – James M, Shaun, Chris A, Robbie, Stephen, Iain and Sean M.
Scorers – Andy P, Shaun and Josh W (pen).

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