Hucclecote 53 v Team Bath 46
The first game of the 2018/19 was against local rivals Team Bath. In what is always a closely contested game, this was no exception.
The first quarter started very well. With instruction to settle early the seven players on court certainly did this with 3 quick goals laid down. Bath responded with their own two goals having gained possession from a HNC unforced error. Once Hucclecote and sorted out their feeds into our shooting circle of Rosie Allison and Paige Reed we quickly secured the momentum of the game. By the end of the quarter HNC led 14 – 9
The second quarter saw new addition Anna Lebe take the WA spot. With Sarah Adams steadying things in the middle and Clare Jones (another new addition) moving from C to WD. This change increased the pressure on the Bath attack who now started to force balls off the back line due to the undeniable pressure our defensive unit were applying. At half time HNC were ahead 26 – 19.
With more changes at half time we saw the welcome return of Eleanor Roberts who came on at GA. Cote continued to dominate with an impressive 5 goal run taking them 13 goals ahead of their rivals. This quarter also allowed new comer Chloe Cubello make her HNC debut slotting in well with Ella P-D and Sam Cook.
It would appear Cote had done the hard work so now just needed to close out the game with a clinical last quarter !! Bath were not going down without a fight. A quick 4 goal run caught HNC on the back foot. Which was later followed by a three and then another four goal run bringing the score to within 6. With changes made Hucclecote re-grouped and steadied what had become an erratic quarter eventually closing out the game 53 – 46.
Squad: R. Allison, P.Reed, E. Roberts, A. Lebe, S.Adams, C. Jones, L. Jones, E. Powell-Davis, S.Cook (C), C.Cubello