The Prem team were in search of their second win of the season against visitors Kent after clinching an important away victory against Falcons last weekend. Sitting side by side in the table both Hucclecote and Kent were in need of points to raise them back into the top half of the table, a more familiar territory in recent seasons.
Youngsters Rosie Allison and Sam Cook took to the court to start the game in the shooting circle, starting where they had left off in last week’s fixture. It was a shaky start with both missing their first few shots and the midcourt of Hemming and Trounce being closely defended by the Kent defence. However, as expected with a new look line up in attack it improved as the quarter went on and the defence of Walsh, Fletcher and Perry were able to send the ball back down to the Prem attack on numerous occasions keeping us in the quarter but down by two at 7-9.
It was all change in the attack with Essex coming into C, Henry to WA, Gray at GA and Beveridge at GS. The rotation between Gray and Beveridge proved influential and Hucclecote soon took the lead. Walsh turned over some key Kent possession and Perry and Fletcher continued to make life difficult for the Kent attack. The score at half time was 20-16 an encouraging quarter score of 13-7.
Garland opted to stick with the same line up for the 3rd quarter and it was more of the same with Beveridge and Gray looking comfortable with eachother and at goal, netting with ease. Henry started to find depth and width in the attack combining well with Essex at C.
Going into the final quarter with the score at 33-24 in the Prem teams favour Garland reintroduced Allison and GS and moved Beveridge out to GA to rekindle what had been an effective partnership early in the season against Academy. Fletcher closed down the Kent attack with real determination often creating turnover for Perry at GK and attacked well through the court. At times the home side were guilty of not converting off their own possession and weren’t as clinical as the earlier parts of the game.
The final Score saw Hucclecote get their 2nd consecutive win at 43-34.