Extra-time Netball Superleague loss for Herts Mavericks to Team Bath
PUBLISHED: 09:34 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:34 19 April 2016
Herts Mavericks fell to only their second loss of the Vitality Netball Superleague season as they went down to a 55-54 extra-time home defeat to Team Bath.
Saturday’s game in Hatfield was tied 44-44 after full-time and with no draws in the league the clash was settled after a further two periods of seven minutes with the visitors edging to victory.
Bath came out fighting from the start and determined to set the tone of the match.
The hosts struggled to really dominate and ended the first quarter a goal down at 11-10.
Having spoken at quarter-time about taking more care of possession the Mavericks’ players responded.
The match was closely contested in the second quarter with the Bath defence causing problems for hosts’ attack.
The second quarter was drawn 10-10 making the half-time score 21-20 to the visitors.
After a strong talk at half-time, Mavericks put in a good shift with the players making more of the possession they gained from Bath and dominating with great defence work from Sophie Carter, Sam May, Layla Guscoth and Lindsay Keable.
Mavericks won the third period by three goals to take a 34-32 lead.
However, Bath refused to collapse and came back hard in the last quarter clawing the score back to 44-44 by full-time.
With no draws in the Superleague this year, the clash was the first to be decided by extra-time.
The match remained tight and hard fought, but Bath in the end had the determination to take the win by just one goal.
Despite the loss, Mavericks remain second in the table behind Manchester Thunder with Surrey Storm third and Bath fourth.
All four are already guarenteed a place in the end of season play-offs with the top two earning home games in the semi-finals.
Mavericks move on to face Storm this Saturday at the Herts Sports Village.
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