No less that seven Nottingham Lions players were involved as Nottingham Trent University beat the University Of Nottingham 7-5 in a thrilling game, in front of a 7000 sell-out crowd at the Capital FM Arena last night.
Lion, Ben Wood opened the scoring for Trent with five minutes on the clock.
Trent went two goals up after ten minutes, then three unanswered Nottingham goals put them in the driving seat before a Trent equaliser late in the second period tied things up at 4-4 and set-up a tense final twenty minutes.
Lions’ latest signing Jack Clarkson got Nottingham back in front with a great finish through a mass of bodies with fifteen minutes to go, before Trent took a stranglehold on the game scoring four-in-a-row, two of those, including the game winner were scored by Lions centre Gareth O’Flaherty.
Nottingham pulled a goal back with less than a minute remaining but it was too little-too late as Trent came away with the trophy and the bragging rights.
There was some consolation for Clarkson as he was named Nottingham’s Man of the Match and Gareth O’Flaherty was unlucky not to be named as Trent’s selection, just being pipped to the post by Will Weldon.
All the Lions involved thoughts’ now turn back to ENL matters with a home tie at the NIC with Sheffield Spartans this Sunday (7.15pm Face-Off).
Don’t forget we have special reduced student prices for our remaining three home games this season.
Full game stats can be viewed here : http://www.buiha.org.uk/gameStats.php?gid=2008
NTU Players: Ben Wood, Max Bennett & Gareth O’Flaherty.
NU Players: Jack Baveystock, Christy Johnson-Brown, Richard Griffiths & Jack Clarkson.
NU Coaching Staff: Simon Hopkins & Nicky Balchin.