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Match Report: Manchester 1 vs. Birmingham Uni - 9th October 2011

posted 31 Oct 2011, 06:43 by Stuart Anderson   [ updated 18 Nov 2011, 01:38 ]

A new season and a new look for Manchester City 1 and we’re not just talking about the new bright orange (think tangoed) kits! The two summer signings of Ben Nickerson and Josie Wright completed the line up and they settled in straight away with Josie even opening the scoring (although she’ll tell you she hates shooting)!

Usually held together by a combination of tape and ankle braces, this time Anna “Darren Anderton” Flanders had to perform some emergency “Blue Peter” physio, turning up in her dad’s old knee support and a pair of flight socks! Full body armour might be coming into play by the end of the season. Kris had made sure he didn’t tell Josie she was running for two until the car doors were locked and they were on the M6. 

Manchester 1 were ahead from the start and gelled well together even though they hadn’t played in those divisions or even together before. Shots were flying up all over the place and for every one that didn’t make it into the basket Cat English (the collecting machine) was gathering up and recycling.

With a few minutes to go it looked like Manchester 1 had the victory wrapped up but with tiredness (and immobility) creeping in the scored was reduced from 12-7 to 12-9 in the final minute. Manchester 1 held on to the final whistle and celebrated a win on the opening day. That was the easy bit…then came the limping to the car and Coops trying to get his shoes back on! 

Final Score: University of Birmingham 9-12 Manchester 1 

Referee: Richard Crossley

Team List:
Josie Wright (2)
Anna Flanders (3)
Ben Nickerson (1)
Kris Johnson (1)
Lucy McConnell (1)
Cat English
Joe Cooper (2)
Ant Finn (2)