The trip to Manchester was to prove a frustrating one for the Premier league squad who were seeking revenge on Oldham after losing to them earlier in the season.

 

The first quarter saw Hucclecote struggle to get going and Oldham, clearly determined to repeat the win from the last encounter, came out hard and soon took a 6 goal lead. With the Oldham crowd getting behind their team they played hard, physical netball and it took until the last few minutes of the quarter for Hucclecote to pull back some goals to end the period 9-12.

 

Fletcher and Berry were introduced at the start of the second quarter at GD and GS respectively and both had an impact, unsettling the Oldham attack and making their defence work hard to keep up with the rotational play of Berry and Gray.

 

With uncharacteristic passing errors combining with numerous unforced errors, Hucclecote had to work hard to counteract their mistakes and only managed to score 7 goals but won the quarter 7-6 going into half time 2 goals astray 16-18.

 

Francis was reintroduced at WD in the third quarter with Lee coming to C and Beveridge took the court at GA combining with Berry.

Oldham continued to expose us with the arial ball into their shooting circle and used ball speed effectively around the defensive unit of Gabriel, Fletcher and Francis however, the Hucclecote trio weathered the storm and applied some good pressure, restricting the Oldham attack on moving forward and often having to force the ball back away from goal.

 

After a shaky start Berry and Beveridge appeared to cause the Oldham defence some trouble with their rotation in the circle combined with Berrys quick release resulting in more shooting opportunities drawing the quarter 11-11.

 

The last quarter saw some grit and determination from Hucclecote with Perry, Trounce and Essex turning over some key ball but again Hucclecote were wasteful with possession and didnít take opportunities at goal.

 

Disappointingly the final score finished in Oldhams favour 42-36 leaving a very frustrated Hucclecote with a long drive home!