The Staffordshire Stallions returned from their Christmas break with a hard fought game against the University of Nottingham. This game was originally going to be played in November but to the true Stoke weather, it was rearranged for the first game back after the winter break. After a previous 60-6 drubbing at the hands of UofN in the previous fixture, the Stallions were keen to prove that the score was a one off. However the game couldn’t have started worse as Nottingham drove down the first on their first possession. To make matters worse for the Stallions, a costly offside penalty on the extra point moved the resulting kickoff to midfield, where Nottingham decided to try an offside kick, which they recovered. Nottingham eventually ended a very one sided 1st half 38-0 ahead. However the halftime break gave the Stallions a chance to regroup and it resulted in a much better display for the 2nd half. The offense were starting to move the ball down the field through the air and the defence were stopping the UofN fast offence on several occasions, including getting an interception through safety Kyle Fairgrieve. With time running out the Stallions made one last attempt at getting something on the board. And with one throw resulting in a 50 yard + gain, the Stallions offence were in the UofN redzone on the final play of the game, unfortunately a costly overthrow resulted in the play being intercepted and finishing the game at 38-0.
With a solid defensive effort in the 2nd half, the Stallions will be looking to continue the momentum when they welcome NTU Renegades to the Stables for the final home game of the season on Sunday 31st January.