Netball: Footlights edge match against Louth Tennis & Sport Centre B
FOOTLIGHTS edged a close clash against Louth Tennis & Sports Centre B to keep their title drive on track.
The Grimsby & District Senior Netball Winter League Division Four team triumphed 14-13 and lie second in the standings.
With five wins and one defeat from six matches, they trail leaders Brigg Ladies, who have won all of their games, by four points.
Floodlights were made to work hard for the victory after a determined effort from Louth, who led at the halfway mark.
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Amid damp conditions at Oasis Academy Wintringham, both teams had to adjust their game.
Footlights had the best of the early play, producing some flowing moves through the court. But Louth made some good interceptions and were more accurate in the shooting circle – goal attack Charlotte Postle produced some impressive shots.
She had to – any rebounds were snapped up by Footlights' goal defence, Haley Wood, and goalkeeper, Emma Cox.
But Floodlights struggled to match Postle's form at the other end, and trailed at the break by nine points to five.
More impressive defending in the second half from Wood and Cox meant Louth's goals began to dry up in the second half.
The play was still end-to-end but, importantly for Floodlights, goal shooter Tracey Glover began to find her range.
Sarah Bratton, Louth's goal defence, was in good form, helping to transfer defence into attack, but Floodlights took their chances and held on in a nail-biting finish to take the spoils by one point.