Lincoln City 1 went into Sunday’s game hoping to get the most out of Laura Bartle’s fine start to the season in the East Midlands Netball Regional League Division 1 game against Nottingham City. Laura has been voted the best player by her team for two weeks running but unfortunately Lincoln City 1 were unable to capitalise on her efforts, losing by 8 goals to local rivals, Nottingham City.
Lincoln City 1 began with a similar line up to their previous week’s game (with the exception of Emily Coulter, who is now a student at Cambridge). Gemma Carter moved to centre, allowing Katherine Sturton to regain her spot at Wing Attack. It was a tense 15 minutes in the first quarter, with many tips and interceptions made by the defence of Laura and Lucy Heathershaw, resulting in a 7-7 score line.
However, the second quarter was the key turning point in the match. Lincoln City 1 did not convert all of their shooting opportunities, which left them trailing by a six-goal deficit at half time. The quarter ended 20-14 to Nottingham City.
The third quarter saw Lincoln City 1’s fight-back as they won the quarter 11-10. Amy Womersley came on as Goal Shooter and provided an alternative outlet in the attacking third. The quarter ended with Nottingham City leading 30-25, meaning Lincoln City 1 needed just five more goals to equalise.
In the fourth and final quarter, Lincoln City 1 switched Beth Richardson and Laura to Goal Defence and Wing Defence, respectively. The team took an early two-goal lead in an attempt to chase down that five-goal deficit but in the end were unable to take the quarter, losing it 8-11.
The final score ended Nottingham City 41-33 Lincoln City 1.
Player of the Match once again went to Laura Bartle. Laura’s great ability to read the game well meant that she made vital tips and interceptions throughout the match.