Falcons Yellow loses out to Hinckley Hurricanes in a fast paced, high scoring match.
Falcons Yellow came out of the blocks ready to played hard and earn themselves another win but Hinckley Hurricanes stood in their way and were determined to make them work for it.
The squad for today’s match – Alex Wood-Davis (GS), Keri Moorhouse (GA) Melanie Brennan (WA), Emma Davis (C), Tamsin Mason (WD) , Samantha Brown (GD) and Jo Holt (WA). Weller Howard and Connie Xavier were on the bench.
Hinckley Hurricanes had a height advantage in the shooting circle which was always going to make it difficult for the Falcons Yellow’s defence of Brown and Holt. However, the pair were outstanding in the first quarter, taking command of the circle and making a number of interceptions. It meant that Falcons Yellow’s opposition had to work hard for their shooting opportunities. Meanwhile Falcons Yellow’s shooters had their work cut out against a solid and tall Hurricanes defence but the attack of Brennan and Davis, Wood-Davis and Moorhouse allowed Falcons’ shooters to convert their chances. The quarter was a tight affair with the Derby-based team coming out on, 11-14.
Hinckley Hurricanes stepped up the pressure in the second quarter but Falcons Yellow’s defence of Brown, Holt and Mason work hard and forced the opposition into making errors and missing shots. At the other end of the court Hurricanes’ defence also applied pressure by closing down space and making it very difficult for Falcons to find room to manoeuvre and feed balls into the circle. This allowed Hurricanes to take a six-goal lead going into the half-time break, with the score poised at 30-24.
Falcons made some changes during the half time break with Brennan moving to Centre and Weller Howard coming in to replace Emma. Holt and Brown switched positions with Holt coming out to GD and Brown dropping back to GK. Howard in her first game back for some time settled in well and fed the shooters and in particular Wood-Davis very well, who was backed up admirably by Brennan. It took a couple of minutes for Hurricanes to adjust to the changes but they worked hard and took their shooting opportunities well despite the continued pressure from the Falcons defence.
Falcons’ task of closing the gap was made harder after an injury to Holt who unfortunately had to be replaced in the circle defence. Mason moved to GK and Emma came on at WD. Unfortunately for the Derbyshire team, Hurricanes increased their lead by twelve goals with the three-quarter time score now 49-37.
Falcons Yellow decided to make a final change for the last quarter by bringing on Xavier at GA to replace Moorhouse.
Falcons Yellow now have a week off, giving them time to re-group and prepare themselves for the next match.