Sunday saw a somewhat depleted Falcons Black squad make their way to play Turnford in their latest England Netball Premier League 2 match.
The squad was dramatically reduced for a number of reasons including the loss of three players due to the previous day’s netball Super League and NTL fixtures.
Falcons Black’s goal was nonetheless the same – to move away from the regulation playoff places – although with only seven players able to take to the court, it was going to be a tough ask.
The Leicestershire team started positively and matched Turnford goal for goal. In fact, it was just one turnover from Turnford’s defence which saw them take a slight advantage going into the first break, with a 12-10 lead.
The second quarter began how the first quarter ended with little separating the two teams. Unfortunately for Falcons Black, a slight groin injury to captain, Katie Flaherty saw the team ease off the throttle slightly, which allowed Turnford to capitalise on Falcon Black’s lack of substitutes and take a 24-17 lead at half time. It could have been more but for the shooting pairing of Christie Simpson and Lauren Steadman who only missed three shots between them for the half.
Flaherty’s injury meant that Ellie Durcan moved into the Centre (C) position to work alongside Hannah Joseph at Wing Attack (WA), whilst Lauren Steadman moved to Goal Attack (GA). The changes gave Falcons Black a much-needed extra burst of energy and the team took quarter 10-9. Both shooters recorded 100% accuracy for the quarter with Steadman’s shooting particularly impressive.