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Match Report - Team Lightning 10.02.2019

Team Lightning took to the court this afternoon on home ground at Chulmleigh to play Exeter. With Exeter sitting comfortably on the top of the league table, and Titans Lightning with only 7 in their squad, the team knew it was going to be a tough match. However, Lightning did not disappoint in the first quarter and gave the spectators a thriller of a quarter. Almost goal for goal and a few error made, meant that the teams' spirit was high. With Exeter only extending their lead towards the end of the first quarter 16-10. Titans attack worked tirelessly in the 2nd quarter and didn't make it easy for Exeter's defence, playing the ball around to ensure safe feeds to Beth Nancekivell (GA), and Grace Wilton (GS) were given. However, Exeter with a large squad were able to rotate players making increasingly difficult for Lightning to suss out the play.  Coming in at half time Exeter 38 - Titans 20. The team recapped on their training from Thursday which focussed on positive thinking and determination, and thrived in this quarter. All seven players worked with the attitude and belief and although the lost the quarter, it was only lost by a single goal. Amber Manley (GK) and Jo Nancekivell (GD) did not allow balls into the circle easily and centre court players Clare Wilmott (C), Becka Manley (WA) and Michelle Sampson (WD) drove the ball safely down court. Fitness was evident as balls were quickly picked up following errors and the speed of Exeter was visibly slowed down. A thriller of a quarter again for spectators. Coming in from the 3rd quarter Exeter 50, Titans 31.  The final quarter was equally as fast and furious as the previous three quarters. Unfortunately, more errors were made by Titans which allowed Exeter to increase their lead a little more than Lightning would have liked, however players did not give up the fight. Perhaps due to tiredness, more obstructions were called against Titans and Exeter made sure they maximised on these opportunities, bringing their victory to 69 goals to 38.  All players agreed that the game's score, unfortunately, did not reflect the game but that it was a clean, enjoyable game all in all.  Player of the match went to Beth Nancekivell from both the opposition and Titans. 

 

 

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