Hucclecote B slipped to a disappointing 9 goal loss after leading at half time against League leaders Team Jets from Jersey.
Having met this team just before Christmas & having a really competitive match, losing by only 2 goals, Hucclecote travelled to Bournemouth quietly confident they could reverse the scoreline.
They started really strongly taking an early 3 goal lead. Hucclecote saw the welcome return of Millie Price at GS after a lengthy absence due to an eye injury. It took a little while for Price to re establish her partnership with Kim Will in the circle, but by half time both were on song, Price netting 9/14 & Will 12/15.
Meanwhile at the other end, uncharacteristically, the Jersey shooter was off the pace, missing shots & dropping feeds. This in part was due to the tight defensive marking by Fliss Phillips & Kayleigh Garbutt Roberts, who hassled, intercepted & rebounded missed shots.
By half time Hucclecote had edged into a 5 goal lead, through patiently bringing the ball through court, making far fewer errors than of late.
Team Jets came out firing on all cylinders for the second half. Their GA began to dominate the shooting circle, converting 8/12 in the 3rd quarter, where previously she had only put up a total of 7 shots in the whole of the first half!
Going into the final quarter now 3 goals down, it was going to be battle to the final whistle as to who got all the points! With tiredness & possibly lack of fitness due to the Christmas break, a couple of unforced errors crept in which allowed Jets to pull away to a 9 goal victory.
Once again it was a great game between 2 of the top teams in this Division. It was just a little disappointing that the scoreline slipped to 9 at the end.
Squad; Millie Price, Kim Will, Helen Werrell, Harri Pratton( capt) Kate Nichols, Lucy Werrell, Hayley Neate, Kayleigh Garbutt Roberts & Fliss Phillips.
Shooting Stats - Millie Price - 13/22 - 59% Kim Will - 17/21 - 81%
Player of the match - Kim Will