Out on the Cryfield pitches Nottingham Women’s 2s triumphed over a frustrated Warwick Women’s 1s side in an entertaining and well-fought contest.
With both teams struggling in the Midlands 2A division the game presented an opportunity for either side to kickstart their season. Early on it was Warwick who seemed to be making the most of this opportunity, with prop Manar Aideros bundling over the try-line from a few metres out to give Warwick the first points of the match.
With both teams struggling in the Midlands 2A division the game presented an opportunity for either side to kickstart their season
This lead, however, did not last long. A few minutes later Nottingham’s inside centre went on a meandering run from the 22, beating three Warwick tacklers in the process, to level it.
Handling errors and a lack of discipline dogged the Warwick offence as they struggled to reassert themselves on the pitch. Nottingham did not hesitate to take advantage, scoring two more to make it 17-5 going into the half-time break.
The Nottingham inside centre would persist as a threat into the second-half. She grabbed what was her third try of the game when she burst through the Warwick line from 50 metres out, and then scored her fourth when she got on the end of a Nottingham overlap a few plays later.
The game ended 29-10 with Warwick ruing both the amount of penalties they conceded and their failure to stop Nottingham’s pacy inside centre
Despite the score-line Warwick’s effort levels did not diminish. Some big hits from flanker Izzy Dobbins helped swing the momentum in Warwick’s favour as they began to dominate territory and possession. A surging line-break by fullback Ruth Hankin brought them just shy of the try-line; she would have scored had it not been for some great scramble defence. It did not matter though as on the very next attacking phase Kanto Fiaferana went over in the corner following some precise passing down the line.
It was too late, however, for any sort of miracle comeback. The game ended 29-10 with Warwick ruing both the amount of penalties they conceded and their failure to stop Nottingham’s pacey inside centre.