The Kingies took on the Birmingham 2nds this week to compete for the top of the league. Having lost 6-12 to Birmingham in November, we were prepared for a tough game against quick opposition. The game opened evenly, but Cambridge conceded the first goal after a fast break play from the draw by Birmingham. However, the Kingies pushed back with mature and patient attack, bringing the score up to a comfortable 5-2 lead, forcing Birmingham to call a time out after 3 goals in a row from the Cambridge side.

The Cambridge defense worked hard to spoil the Birmingham set plays and maintained the advantage until the last five minutes of the first half where two goals were scored in quick succession. Coming into the second half 6-4 up, Cambridge were unprepared for Birmingham’s increase in energy and agility and conceded several goals within the first ten minutes of the half. With the game looking set to turn away from Cambridge’s favour, captains Lizzie Withers and Jessie Shea called a Cambridge time out to refocus the Kingies. Fighting for the crucial position at the top of the league, the Kingies returned to their calm and patient play from the first half and clawed the score back to 8-8 with 7 minutes to go.

Despite Birmingham’s best efforts, a neat goal from Cambridge and precise stick skills meant the match was won 9-8 by the Kingies after 5 nail-biting minutes of holding the ball in attack. This win secured the Kingies position at the top of the league ahead of next week’s deciding game against Nottingham.

Goals were scored by Miranda Smith, Livia Russell, Lizzie Withers, Kate Wareing and Abigail Thellusson.