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Match Report - Team Lightning 25.11.2018

Team Lightning pulled out an excellent performance against Hucclecote, pushing them to the wire, to lose on the final whistle by a small margin of 3 goals, 43-46.

Hucclecote started strongly, but Lightning plugged away to bring back their opponents early lead, to settle into their rhythm. Everyone was working hard as a team unit. Beth Nancekivell and Amber Manley were working tirelessly in defence to stop the ball into Hucclecote's shooters. They both linked up well with the centre court of Jo Nancekivell (WD) and Rebecca Manley (C). Emily Risdon and Grace Wilton started to settle into their shooting form, in which was extremely difficult with their dominant defenders. Coming in from the first quarter, the margin was 4 goals, with Hucclecote leading 14-10. Hucclecote applied the pressure for the 2nd quarter.  Their goalkeeper had timed her jump, for the perfect tip to interception from our shooters, and this put immense pressure on Emily & Grace to find the net.  At half time, Hucclecote had extended their lead to 8 goals. Changes were made to Lightning, to try and change the dynamics on court.  Amber sustained a knock to her eye, so made way for Poppy Sampson to move into GK.  Captain Michelle Sampson came onto the court as WD and Rebecca and Clare Wilmott switched positions.  This had an immediate positive effect to Lightning. Emily was shooting with ease for the 3rd quarter, as she had room to move out of the goal circle. Clare & Rebecca were providing accurate feeds into the shooting circle, and the confidence grew. The excitement was rising from the players and spectators, and we had a game on our hands.  The composure of Hucclecote started to dip, and the discipline on court was evident to see. They were rattled, and Lightning capitalised on their frustrations. Coming in from the 3rd quarter, we were now only trailing by 2 goals, 35-33. We had won the 3rd quarter by 8 goals! Lightning had to keep their line up the same, as we needed to keep the momentum. Hucclecote came out hard for the final quarter.  They applied immense pressure coming down the court, and the errors started to creep into our game within the final attacking third. Their defence were working hard, and they applied pressure on our shooters to sink the net. They started with a 6 goal lead, but Lightning were good at clawing their way back, and this is exactly what they did. Poppy Sampson was gaining tips and interceptions in the defence circle, and she linked up well with Beth & Michelle, to work down the court.  Lightning were unfortunate not to come away with a well deserved win, as we had the opportunities in the final 5 minutes, but just couldn't sink the ball into the net.  The final whistle came upon us, with a narrow defeat of 43-46. Beth Nancekivell got Player of the Match from Hucclecote, and Grace Wilton obtained the honours from Titans.

Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Beth Nancekivell, Jo Nancekivell, Rebecca Manley, Clare Wilmott, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon, Poppy Sampson & Michelle Sampson.

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