There was a new face added to the Falcons Yellow squad in Emma Davis, which coincided with the return of Connie Xavier and Keri Moorhouse, after a year’s absence.
The team line up was XAVIER (GS), MOORHOUSE (GA), Rebecca SIMMS (WA), Melanie BRENAN (C), JO HOLT (WD), Samantha Brown (GD), Liz STEPHENSON (GK), Emma DAVIS (SUB).
The first five minutes was a tight affair with both teams easing their way in. Then the quarter went goal-for-goal until a few unforced errors from Falcons Yellow allowed City to go a couple of goals up. The away team dug deep and kept fighting but in the end found themselves 17-8 down at the quarter break.
Falcons Yellow were forced into a change at the break with Stevenson needing some time out. This meant a rejigging of the team: Holt moved to GK, Simms moved to WD and Davis came on at WA.
Half time saw Brenan move to WA and Davis to C, with Stevenson coming on at GD and Brown moving to GK.
Falcons Yellow’s defence put the pressure on a very good City attack during the third quarter and reduced their shooting opportunities. However, City’s lead was further extended with a 16-8 third-quarter win, leaving the score at 43-24, going into the final fifteen minutes.
The final quarter saw Falcons Yellow make further changes with Holt moving to WA and the circle defence switching positions. Xavier and Moorhouse worked well together and took the majority of their shooting opportunities but as the final whistle blew, the quarter 12-9 to Nottingham City and 55-33 overall.
This was a tough opening game for Falcons Yellow who never gave up and felt that the score didn’t really reflect the game as a whole. In the end, the first quarter score line was just too much to claw back.
Davis played extremely well on her debut and should take a lot of positives from her performance. The defence, as always, were solid and reliable, but on this occasion the ‘Player of the Match’ went to Jo Holt, who showed her adaptability by playing both in attack and defence.