After the break, the Knights attack built upon their solid start and put up some impressive shots from the circle edge, whilst at the opposite end of the court, the Knights GK was repeatedly pulled up for ‘contact’ against Leapoole’s GS, which resulted in two formal warnings. In fact, Knights GK was eventually sent off for a three-goal period, five minutes before the end of the quarter. Leapoole capitalised on this opportunity and scored three consecutive goals while the Nottingham Knights reeled in shock. However, this decision provided the spark the Knights needed to fight back and the Knights lost the quarter by just one point (17-16), bringing the score to 51-41 in Leapoole’s favour.
The Knights started the final quarter determined to make up for the deficit caused by the sending off and by playing steady, safe netball to reduce the 10-goal difference. The defence changed tactics and doubled on the GS, interrupting Leapoole’s feeding into the circle and forcing the GA to put up more shots. Substitute Moore also provided fresh legs at WD, supporting the invigorated defence and the Knights turned over two Leapoole centres in a row, scoring four goals back-to-back. Meanwhile Hale and Corlett were on fire in attack, putting up shot after shot and both attackers had shooting stats of over 80%. As the final minute approached the Knights scored from their own centre to take the lead by one goal. Leapoole were on the attack though. The ball was fed into the circle and both Aiken and the Leapoole GS, Taylor went for the ball. This time, the whistle was blown for contact against Leapoole’s GS, giving the Knights a key penalty pass, which they converted into a goal and a subsequent victorious 59-61 result.
The score left the Knights in second position in the league table. GS Hale was once again voted Player of the Match. The Knights face top of the league Nottingham City in their next fixture.