Netball: Young Decorators roll out a glittering win over Gold
THE youthful exuberance of Highgate Decorators helped them to a glossy win over an experienced Gold IFA side in the Grimsby & District Senior Netball Summer League.
The Division Three tie brought together two teams at opposite ends of the table, as fourth-placed Gold took on Highgate, who went into the match in 11th place.
Highgate are a young side with a lot of potential, boundless energy and enthusiasm, whereas the Gold team boasts the benefit of mature players who use their experience to play to their strengths.
The Decorators side started the game brightly, moving the ball beautifully through the court with sharp accurate passing from their centre (C) Amy Kirkham and wing attack (WA) Olivia Walker.
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The two shooters – goal attack (GA) Hanna Shaw and goal shooter (GS) Zoe Webb were invariably on target but Gold's goal defence – (GD) Rochelle Wells and goalkeeper (GK) Claire Welbourne – snapped up the majority of rebounds to keep their team in the game.
Gold worked patiently through the mid-court to feed into GS Donna Cutler, who used her height and positioned well but unfortunately was not consistent in getting her shots on target.
However, her team-mate, GA Mel Bee – who has recently returned from injury – was on hand to finish from any rebounds that were not mopped up by Highgate's defence GD Rachel Elson and GK Julie Rutter.
But Highgate's Wing Defence (WD) Louise Airey was persistent in her play and took some excellent interceptions to take her side into the break leading 15-9.
The second half brought a re-shuffle for Gold with Mel Bee handing the Goal Attack bib to Karen Taylor with Jaqui West taking her place at centre.
The switch gave Gold a stronger mid-court flow with WD Bev Ilrey linking effectively with WA Kath McLaughlin enabling them to send some long range passes into their Goal Shooter who enjoyed greater success than in the first half.
Highgate continued to pass well and feed into the shooters but the Gold defence were able to prevent them from further widening the lead.
Gold closed the gap towards the end of the game and may have caught up had they had more time but the Decorator's side stood firm to run out winners with a score of 25-23.
Elsewhere in the league, Louth Tennis & Sports Centre A leapfrogged Pro-Active Jets to move top of Division One with a 48 to 22 victory over Heath & Hygiene.
Pro-Active have a game in hand however, after their match against MRS Protherm Ltd had to be rescheduled due to injury.
In Division Two, Louth Tyre Services and BarRacuda/Port of Gy remain tied at the top of the table after both sides recorded comfortable wins in their respective games.
Meanwhile, JTS Electrical maintained their 14-point lead over New Inn at the top of Division Four with a 19-15 win over Louth Tennis & Sports Centre B.