Hucclecote B (58) v Lawn (31)
Hucclecote B were focused and ready for their second encounter with Lawn. The emphasis was on goals as we needed to close the goal difference between ourselves and Exeter, who just edged us to top of the league.
The first quarter saw the dynamic pairing of Millie Price and Kellie Hull in the shooting circle. Both girls shot well and surged Cote ahead to an 8 goal lead. Through court play was quick and first time ball found our shooters with relative ease.
Lawn came out stronger in the second quarter and perhaps caught Hucclecote by surprise. Excellent defending from Lawn's GD disrupted our flow and enabled Lawn to turn ball. Our defence battled on and tight marking at the back from Rebecca Campbell made it hard for Lawn to convert their efforts. They still managed to take the quarter by 1 goal.
A 'gentle' reminder at half time from Coach Noonan refocused the girls. Changes saw Sam Hogg take the WA spot from Pollyanna Banyard who had played a great first half. Lucy Werrell went to GD with the job of containing Lawn's play making GA. Neate moved up to WD. The changes paid off as Hucclecote came back at with the style of play we were used to seeing. Speed through court was impressive with great balls from Captain Kate Nicholls. Superb vision from Werrell allowed some long balls straight into Hull who converted. The quarter ended with HNC scoring 18 goals to Lawns 8. Tenacious defence from Werrell resulted in no shots going up from Lawn's problematic GA. Nice one Lucy : )
So the final 15 was a case of finishing the job and taking the points. It started well with more interceptions from the defence. However Kellie fell ill so Polly had to come back on at WA with Sam taking the middle spot. Captain Nicholls went into GA and Millie to GS. The work had been done and for the final 5 minutes it was a case of sensible play and getting the ball to goal. With Cote scoring 15 to Lawn's 5 it was another successful day for the Regional 2 Squad.
Shooting: Kellie Hull 26/34 76%, Millie Price 29/34 85%, Kate Nicholls 4/5 80%
Squad: K. Hull, M. Price, P. Banyard, K. Nicholls, L. Werrell, H.Neate, R. Campbell, S. Hogg, K. Noonan
Players Player: Millie Price
Coaches Player: Millie Price