Hucclecote Panthers beat local rivals Lawn 40-20
Hucclecote U.16 Panthers proved to be too strong for Lawns Regional U.16 Squad, although they didn't have it their own way and had to work hard for the victory.
Playing at home in front of a great crowd, Hucclecote started well and they began to power away. Defensively Hucclecote found it tough to close down Lawns shooting circle with Regional and NPL Player Kirsty Harris at Centre really taking control and setting up her attack beautifully. Although Cote led 11-7 , it was at times messy through court and Coach , Gilly Salter made changes.
Issy Robinson was moved on to GD and teamed up with Captain Ella Powell Davies who was moved back to GK. This was no reflection on Santacroce who had done her job but more height was required. This had the desired effect as both players forced Lawn into errors. At the shooting end, Alice Bradley made her debut at this level at GS and Emme Hale moved out to WA replacing Lucy Martin. Although they still maintained the lead, the flow and pace through court was lacking, but they still edge ahead to 19-10 at half time.
With Ellie Spark moving to Centre switching with team mate Elisha New, this made an instant impact with Spark producing a strong performance. With the attack back to its starting line-up which included Lucy Martin who was back on form, Panthers showed what they were made of and instantly linked through court with better timing and some outstanding movement. This was ably finished off by both shooters, with Hale netting 83% in this quarter and Taylor setting up an awesome 9/10 in this period of play.
With a large bench to manage and a shoreline of 33-15 at ¾ time to Panthers, Hannah McCourbrie and Eve Saunders both took to the court at GD and WD respectively. Both turned ball and put pressure on Lawn, however the mid court connections didn't connect quite as well and although there were a huge number of opportunities to goal, Panthers couldn't quite finish it off either through court or in the net with inconsistencies creeping in.
That said, the final result of 40-20 was a great win and leaves them top of the South West U.16 regional league, although the squad know they still have some way to go to maintain this position and to perfect their court play and finishing off on shots.
Congratuations to Emme Hale who was voted Player of The Match by the oppositioin.
Squad: E Hale, J Taylor, L. Martin, E. New, E. Spark, E Powell Davies, C. Santacroce, I. Robinson, E. Saunders, H. McCourbrie. A. Bradley
E. Hale 4/6 5/6 6/9 Overall 15/2 71%
J. Taylor 7/8 5/8 9/10 1/6 Overall 22/32 69%
A. Bradley 3 /4 Overall 75%
Over all Stats 40/45 75%