The League is back in full swing as league matches resumed at both Ashby and Newbridge.
Unfortunately, Coalville Jets had to forfeit their match against Blaby, which is a costly decision but sometimes has to be done. Blaby were awarded 30 goals and 8 points whilst Jets forfeited 4 points as a result.
Swifts and Tridents therefore played the first match at Ashby. Swadlincote started the match strong as if there had been no mince pies consumed over the break and dominated Measham from the off. Measham did not go down without a fight and put goals in past a strong defence, but Swifts claimed the victory.
The Ashby Derby (Ashby Fire v Ashby Flames at Ashby School) took place today and Ashby’s 2nd team were not going to give Fire the win without a fight. “The match was fast, fierce and fiesty. Fire pushed their defence to achieve some amazing turnovers through tight marking and some incredible interceptions. Flames passed the ball well with some excellent runs from centre court, but struggled against a dominant Fire defence once the ball was fed into the circle.”(thanks Carla). Ashby remain undefeated this season, so far – it could all change in the coming weeks.
Gracedieu Diamonds then faced Bosworth Roses. “Diamonds were on form: fast, sharp and dynamic.” (thanks Carla) Roses tried their best but a string of injuries prior to the match had put the side to a disadvantage. They were unable to keep up with Diamonds, who took home the win.
So Division 1’s top 4 teams all came away with 8 points each.
Meanwhile at Newbridge, Coalville Rockets and Whitwick Flames were first and Coalville wanted to take away a win from today. Flames put on a great performance and were in good spirits (as always), but Coalville rocketed (ba dum tish) ahead to win the match.
Overseal then faced Whitwick’s 2nd team, Ignite. Overseal, as always, were determined, made some good plays and, despite losing the 2nd quarter, came back to take the win. “Whitwick were very pleased to have Sue back playing for them!! With some excellent work in and around the D and with a brilliant defensive support, all players settled and refused to give up. Ignite had their best game yet!! Very proud Ignite Captain!!!” (thanks Phoebe)
Donington Diamonds and Hinckley Hornettes had a “friendly match, played in good spirits. Hornettes were a bit slow out of the blocks and gave away some unforced errors but they grew into the game and their connections began to work really well. Pulling away each quarter, Hornettes secured the win.” (thanks Gemma)
Gracedieu Gems and Swadlincote Starlings finished the day at Newbridge. A close start the match, both teams defended well and kept the goal score low. At half time, there was just 1 goal in it and it was looking like either team would take the victory. However. Gems came back onto court with a new found determination and some fresh legs and were soon making some lovely interceptions, preventing Starlings from getting the ball to their shooters. The younger side extended their lead even further in the final quarter, but Starlings were able to gain the valuable losing bonus point
Well done everyone.