Netball: Louth Tennis find ace form against Franklin
LOUTH Tennis & Sports Centre served up a treat against Franklin College in Division One of the Grimsby & District Senior Netball League.
Franklin have made a good start to the winter season, but the match against Summer League winners Louth Tennis always promised to be a tough contest.
Franklin started the stronger, with excellent court play by Vicky Pannell and wing attack (WA) Laura Manners allowing the shooters (S) Beth Robinson and Katherine Nelson room to move.
Nelson, in particular, was on form, and missed only two shots in the first half.
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Louth hit back thanks to good feeding from Gwyn Shuttleworth and Kirsten Lowery, which gave their shooters the opportunity to put Louth one-up at half-time.
A change in tactics in the second half saw Louth's wing defence (WD) Kate Clark team-up with defender Jan Boyd and Lucy Hyde, and all three pulled off some brilliant interceptions.
This was matched by Franklin's defence, with Carla Sass and Helen Forman (WD) not allowing Louth to pull too far ahead.
However, Louth showed why they did so well last season, and, with shooters Holly Arrowsmith and Rachel Allinson finding their rhythm, they clinched a 32-26 victory.
However, Franklin showed that they are contenders in what will be a tight battle between several teams for the league title.
In Division Two, Sunshine.co.uk fought against CS Strollers in a very close match.
Sunshine, due to injury, were a player down and Andrea Duckworth took up the helm as centre (C).
Strollers' Janice Tartellin made the most of her unmarked position and fed a steady stream of goals into shooter (S) Roberta Jennings.
Jo Salters, for Sunshine, had to play out of position at wing attack, and assisted in the comeback for Sunshine – who went in 16-11 up at half-time.
Strollers came back strongly in the second half with good defensive play from Ellie Ottley, who was marking Liz Sykes. The score was tied at one point, 25-25.
Sunshine's shooter Bev Pattinson was competing goal-for-goal with Roberta Jennings, both showing that they had their 'eye in'.
Sunshine eventually won the battle 29-28.
In Division Four, East Trans came up against Brigg Ladies.
Brigg dominated the first half. Laura Spavin (GS) worked her space well in the shooting D and was aptly fed by Paula Murray (WA) and Emma Downs (C).
Along with court support from Lisa Gawler (GA), they held their opponents to a 12-4 advantage going into half-time.
There was a much-improved second half for East Trans, with Abi Thompson (GA) netting superbly from distance.
However, missed shots were collected by Brigg's Kelly Stanham (GK) and Bev Capp (GD) who, throughout the match, supported her attacking players by positioning herself to receive the extra pass required to press forward.
East Trans' Stacey Schofield (C) and Sam Page (WA) continued to work hard for their team, and it is to the whole team's credit that they earned a well-deserved point.
However, Brigg ended as they began and took the game 28-14.