After the disappointing loss to Academy last week, spoiling the plans to move up the table, Hucclecote were keen to get back on track with a win against New Cambell

With many of their Superleague players on court, New Cambell were going to provide a tough test for the home side despite beating them earlier in the year.

 

As expected the first quarter was a close contest both in scoreline and physicality. New Cambell were accurate at goal but the defence of Fletcher and Gabriel were back to their normal selves and created enough turnover for the attack to keep the upper hand. The final score after the first period of play was 9-8.

 

Mayes was introduced at WA and combined well with Captain Hemming providing some good triangles around the circle edge and feeding Beveridge and Gray well. Barrett replaced Fletcher at GK and Gabriel moved to GD. This partnership, although unfamiliar, improved as the quarter progressed and Barrett used her range well to add pressure to the New Cambell attack. The half time score remained close at 21-20 in Hucclecotes favour.

 

Fletcher resumed her position in front of Gabriel for the 3rd quarter and created turnover in front of goal with good work from Essex and Hemming. Berry was now in the circle attack with Beveridge and combined well using quick ball speed and effective handling to outwit the away team defence on numerous occasions. Hucclecote had managed to pull away and went into the final period of play 33-28.

 

Never ones to make it easy, Hucclecote continued as they had finished in the 3rd quarter but found themselves facing a comeback  from the determined New Cambell side in the final few minutes. Thankfully there wasn’t enough time on the clock and Hucclecote had just done enough to take the game 43-41.