The Premier squad traveled to Leicester in search of their first win of the season versus Falcons who had also yet to win a game.
The squad was depleted due to Superleague commitments for Steph Essex and Amanda Trounce for Celtic Dragons along with Jackie Gabriel and Olivia Beveridge. However the squad remained strong and were confident going into the game.
The 1st quarter saw Hucclecote stamp authority on the match taking an impressive lead thanks to some solid defensive work from Francis, Perry and Fletcher combining with some impressive shooting at the other end from youngster Rosie Allsion and Gemma Gray. The quarter score was an encouraging 15-6 lead to Hucclecote.
However, this was short lived and the 2nd quarter saw the side wasteful with possession despite numerous interceptions and turnovers from all over the court including some effective work from hemming and fletcher playing C and WD respectively. Individuals were found making many errors and the ball often broke down before an attempt at goal. It was a very disappointing quarter, which was reflected in the quarter score of 2-9 (half time score 17-15).
Sam Cook was introduced for her first game for the Premier League squad in recent seasons at GA at the start of the 3rd quarter and after a cautious start combined well with fellow youngster Allison proving a difficult pairing for Falcons to contain at times. However, falcons were playing with confidence having clawed their way back into the game in the second quarter and the score was evenly poised at 24-24 going into the last quarter.
Rose Morgan Smith was introduced at WA and Rachel Henry moved to C for the final period of play. With falcons shooters on rarely missing the pressure was on for the Premier side to ensure they were taking possession to goal. Morgan-Smith bought calm to the attack which was well received and Fletcher continued to apply the pressure to the Falcons attack forcing them into making many errors.
In the end it came down to true grit and determination and Hucclecote came out on top 38-35. Despite being ugly at times this marked an important turnaround for Hucclecote and is sure to have opened the floodgates for many more wins this season!