Following two home defeats to the current league leaders, Kingston Diamonds, the Vipers knew this would be a tough match. Kingston came out in the first period fast, catching Nottingham off guard and opened scoring with a wraparound on covering net minder Scarlet Richardson.
Despite Nottingham putting up a good defence they couldn’t hold off the pressure from Kingston who scored their second unanswered wraparound goal. Sarah Kimber took the puck to Kingston on a breakaway with the shot by Chamonix Jackson but the Kingston net minder gloved it down. A clearance from Amy Woodcock gave Chamonix the breakaway as she took on the Nettie 1 on 1, getting Nottingham on the score sheet Kingston would go on to score their third before the whistle.
Great goaltending and defence by the whole team saw Nottingham step up their game in the second period. Despite some fantastic stops, Kingston poured on the pressure to take their 4th of the game before the end of the period. Nottingham’s attacks were beaten by a well drilled Kingston team.
A final push in the third saw Nottingham continue to challenge Kingston defensively and on the attack. Kingston pushed on hard with 5 minutes to go beating the Nottingham net minder to finish the game 5-1. Our best performance against Kingston this season should surely give this young team the belief they can challenge them in their last encounter later in the season.
Spirit of the game awarded to Eleni Hallam