It was the worst of halves, it was the best of halves as South London Korfball’s Mitcham side went 5-2 down with some wasteful play but then came back to a 9-9 draw after having led for a few minutes towards the end of the game.
SoloKorf shuffled the pack. Captain James McNaughton, Giannis Sarrigiannis and Tom Davies came back into the team in the absence of Tom Higton and Edwin Huijberts. New signing Nicole Williamson made her debut from the (rolling) substitutes bench. Coach Clarke looked at the height and experience of the opposition and sent James McNaugton’s division (James, Giannis, Jess White and Alice Howard) in attack to play against former Oxford and Croydon player Pete Lyndsey.
The first half started well. The teams traded goals with Giannis scoring an early runner to bring it level. However, Froeks Kamminga’s division of Tom Davies, Chris Rennison and Sarah Broadberry couldn’t find a way to keep hold of the ball and had a number of fruitless one-shot attacks. Supernova scored two goals to put them 3-1 up. Jess scored off the back of the post to take SoloKorf within one, but Supernova got their noses in front again. The rolling subs were made every 10 minutes to keep the playing time fair, with Nicole Williamson coming on for Froeks. Supernova scored again, Froeks came on for Alice, and SoloKorf missed a penalty going in at half time frustrated.
Half time gave the team a opportunity to focus on what needed to be changed. SoloKorf drew first blood, with new signing Nicole scoring a long shot. The rolling subs continued, with Alice on for Jess and finally Jess for Sarah. Although Supernova scored a penalty to take it to 6-3, SoloKorf scored the next two goals – long shots from James and Tom. Supernova took it to 7-5, but SoloKorf came back with 3 goals in a row – two from Giannis and a second from Nicole. Supernova equalised, but Froeks scored with a few minutes left to play. Supernova managed to score an equaliser, and the late addition of coach Martin Petrie from the yellow and blues was not enough to get the glory. The unbeaten run continues and while disappointing not to win, it was positive to have fought back from such a poor start.