Hucclecote Comets v Raychem
Comets used every ounce of energy on Saturday to maintain and just hold on to a closely fought game by just One Goal !
With Becky Cambell playing with a fractured thumb, Tee Idohosa was called in to be on the bench just in case she was needed, which was greatly appreciated by all the Comets Squad. And with Kayleigh Garbett-Roberts stepping into Comets in the absence of Jo Hutchings who was ill, the combination at the back including Jodie Webb at Wing Defence just got better and better each quarter with Garbett-Roberts dominating and turning ball.
The first quarter saw Cote off to a storming start and they put 5 goals on the scoreboard before Raychem responded. However, the experienced Raychem team came back and at quarter time, Hucclecote's lead had diminished to 11-10.
Hucclecote continued on and with Stayley taking the WA bib, for the next two quarters, Hucclecote's attack found the shooters reasonable well, but it was once again the back three who turned ball after ball as Kayleigh Garbett-Roberts experience showed as she picked off some stunning balls.
Entering into the second half at 21-16 up, Hucclecote made one change with Wiley replacing Price at GA. Although Harvey and Wiley had many attempts, it wasn't one of their best in terms of conversion rate, but was enough to maintain the 5 goal lead going into the final period.
The final quarter saw Stayley replaced with Price and both teams initially went goal for goal. Hucclecote's attack began to lack focus and errors crept which in turn impacted as they had limited attempts at goal. This allowed Raychem to lift themselves as the score was suddenly reduced to 4, 3 and then 2 goals. It was a nerve racking final 2 minutes which saw Hucclecote just hang on to secure the victory. This was in the main down to the defending end , with all 3 defenders on fine form. But it was the addition of Kayleigh Garbett-Roberts which swung the game and was a relief when the final whistle went. She was also nominated as Coaches Player of the Match.
Squad@ E. Harvey, B. Wiley, M. Price, A. Stayley, K. Nicholls (Capt), J. Webb, K. Garbett-Roberts, R. Cambell and T. Idohosa
Stats:- Wiley 17/23 74% Harvey 19/27 70% Price 5/7 71%