Lincoln City went into last weekend’s game with two defeats hanging over their heads. Vic Adams was absent from the side so Jade Houlton returned to defence alongside Lucy Heathershaw as GD and Lizzie Saywell as WD.
The Imps worked hard throughout the court during the first quarter, defending solidly as a team from start to finish. They overturned possession in all areas of the court and managed to gain a six goal lead through Becky Baker’s excellent shooting. The first quarter score ended 15-9 in Lincoln’s favour.
Lincoln made a number of unforced errors during the second quarter, allowing Northants JMs to draw the quarter 10-10. However, this still meant the Imps were ahead 25-19 at half time.
Megan Samways came on for the third quarter. She made numerous tips in the centre court which broke down JMs’ play and allowed Imps’ defenders to overturn possession. Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Anna Gilbert, Megan and Beth Richardson produced some excellent feeds into Becky in attack. JMs produced a strong performance during the quarter as well, drawing in Imps’ quarter-lead to just a single goal. However, Lincoln did not lose their nerve and managed to take the quarter by four goals, leaving the score 40-30.
The final quarter exemplified Lincoln City’s solidarity. The team overturned the ball on numerous occasions throughout the court and the defensive formation worked well against a tall JMs GS. The final score ended 56-35 – a much needed win for the Imps.
WD Lizzie Saywell was awarded best player by the opposition. She overturned possession consistently and made strong drives in the centre court to help take the ball to attack. Anna Gilbert was awarded best player by Lincoln for her excellent drives at centres, feeds into the shooter and excellent work rate at GA.