Lincoln City 1 were once again without key players for their East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 1 encounter against Leapoole on Sunday (28/10/12). Amy Womersley, Vic Adams and Lizzie Saywell started for the Imps in the absence of Angie White, Laura Bartle and Beth Richardson.
Lincoln City 1 found Leapoole’s tall Goal Shooter (GS) to be in good form and so it was not surprising that the Imps were soon trailing 10-3. However, Amy Womersley’s and Anna Gilbert’s excellent shooting brought the team back into contention and by the end of the first quarter, the score was a close 13-15 in Leapoole’s favour.
The opposition continued to be a handful during the second quarter, providing excellent feeds into their Goal Shooter (GS). However, Lizzie Saywell and Lucy Heathershaw also overturned possession on a number of occasions, in what turned out to be a tense and tight period of netball for Lincoln City 1’s defence. In the attacking third, Anna Gilbert made great drives out of the ‘D’ to move the ball down the court, which allowed Amy Womersley to sprint towards goal. In the end, the Imps edged the second quarter to move a goal ahead of Leapoole at 30 goals to 29.
Katherine Sturton and Gemma Carter switched positions in centre court after the break as Lincoln City 1 strived to maintain their lead. In what was another tense fifteen minutes of play, the ball continued to move up and down the court and Leapoole levelled the score on several occasions with some fantastic shooting. The opposition’s defence were also playing well and marked Amy Womersley even tighter in the third quarter as they began to double-up on her, forcing Anna Gilbert to take the majority of the shots. However, the Imps were also shooting fantastically well and by the end of the third quarter were up, 43-41.
With just two goals in it the Imps’ Gemma Carter and Katherine Sturton switched back to their original positions. Carter was pleased to be taking the first centre of the final quarter but Leapoole were soon level. It was a nail-biting final fifteen minutes for Lincoln City 1 and the whole team worked hard to defend their advantage. The fantastic shooting of Amy Womersley and Anna Gilbert brought the team home in the end though. Lincoln City 1 stole back their two goal lead to win the match 58-56 in what was possibly the League’s most exciting game of the day.
Lincoln City 1’s Player of the Match went to Katherine Sturton, who continued on from her previous week’s efforts. Katherine made several interceptions and worked hard at Wing Attack (WA) and Centre (C).
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