Nottingham 8-13 Stopfordians

Played at Nottingham in good conditions, despite the snow around Stockport, the game got off to a disappointing start as Stops went three goals behind. It was not until the third quarter that Stops made up the deficit and drew level at 7-7.

Until then Nottingham had won almost every face-off, moving the ball round fluently and accurately and generally looking dangerous. Henry Phillips had returned to the team for the first time this season and performed well in the defence, which contained only one other regular defender, Andy Hancock, together with Norman Woodside, turning his talents from midfield to defence.

Shortly after the start of the last quarter Stops went a man down for two minutes following a challenge on the referees for failing to call hits that others had seen as fouls. Things looked bleak as Nottingham went into the lead, but then Stops began to win face-offs and scored some well taken goals from open play.

Nottingham were tiring, and Stops moved into top gear, defending soundly and playing well throughout the team. Winning the final quarter by six goals to one brought Stops a thoroughly deserved victory.

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