For the second time in a week, the Nottingham Vipers managed to stay in touching distance for 40 minutes of the game, but in the end came away with nothing.
The visitors arrived highly focused following the previous weekend’s tight game and this one followed a similar pattern to that at the Spectrum.
Once again Vipers faced lots of early pressure but held out; and once again it was Louise Adams who broke the deadlock at the 13’ mark and then went on to add a second goal shortly afterwards.
In Guildford, the Vipers had started P2 at 0-3, in Nottingham it was 0-2, but on both occasions, they would go on to win that second period and keep the game in the balance by the end of P2.
At 25’, great work from Hannah Worthington and Lizzie Saunders, would eventually see Saunders find Robin Mullen in the slot, and she fired top corner to bring the game to 1-2.
And after a hooking call on the Lightning at 27’, the Vipers power play had its first success of the season.
Moving in from the point, Madison Wright took a slap shot which was padded away, but Vipers were first to react and a deft, backhand flip from Lizzie Saunders from behind the goal line landed perfectly on the stick of Robin Mullen for a 2-2 tied game.
Beth Hill edged Guildford back in front five minutes before the end of P2, and that would be as good as it got for Nottingham.
P3 saw a tired Vipers emerge and the Lightning laid siege to the Nottingham goal, registering 25 shots to 1 with four unanswered goals (Kaya Moore, Kirsty Lake, Charmaine Easton and Linsey O’Neill).
The final score line of 2-7 was a fair one, reflecting Guildford’s superiority, but Nottingham will take positives from these first two games against a really high quality team.
The work to bridge the gap from Premier League to Elite League has only just begun!
Robin Mullen 2+0
Lizzie Saunders 0+2
Madison Wright 0+1
Vipers SOG 11
Lightning SOG 63
Vipers PIM 4
Lightning PIM 2
Nottingham Player of the Game: Hannah Ware
Holly Steeples 24 shots (91.7% SVS)
Libby Bird 39 shots (87.2% SVS)