It was a haunting spell of deja vu for the Kingies, who played current league leaders Birmingham. The beginning of the game was extremely tight, with each team putting the ball in the back of the net in turn. Captains Lizzie Withers and Jessie Shea led Cambridge’s fierce attack, each scoring off the back of smooth team plays. Birmingham crept ahead, but thanks to a determined defence and a series of impressive intercepts the Kingies managed to keep their cool and even out the score line. Although the opposition got another goal in the last 10 seconds of the first half ; Cambridge were not disheartened, and regrouped at halftime ready to show their grit. Alas it was not to be. Livie Russell scored a powerful penalty, and Miranda Smith demonstrated a textbook draw and dump goal which brought the score to 6-6. After this, however, Birmingham, aided by a cheering crowd on the sideline, scored goal after goal. Cambridge had few subs, and this tiredness showed in the attack with several dropped balls in front of goal, and in defence communication was very quiet. Credit must be given to Birmingham too, whose speed and checking made then an impressive team. The match ended 12-6, but despite this score the team could reflect upon successful moments – such as when they held off a Birmingham goal for 10 minutes in the opposition’s half. Cambridge will be ready to fight back and get their own victory when Birmingham return to play them at home!