This game was closely contested throughout, with Challengers making Lightning work for every goal.
In defence, it was great to welcome back Beth Perry after illness & with Jo Hutchings at GD & Eleri Sewell moving to WD, Challengers found it tough to penetrate. Lucy Smith had a really strong game at Centre, driving through court well & feeding the shooters with precision.
Both Georgia Schule & Fran Preedy were in form, both netting accurately. By half time Lightning had begun to take control, establishing a lead. Just before the end of the 3rd quarter, Sam Hogg at WD slipped heavily & needed hospital treatment.
We all wish Sam a speedy recovery. With only the bare 7 players, Lightning played one short for the final 15mins & actually coped extremely well. Challengers closed the deficit slightly, but Lightning hung on for a narrow win.
Player of the Match -Lucy Smith