Mavericks devastated by one-point loss to Team Bath

PUBLISHED: 16:56 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:23 19 February 2014

Mikki Austin looks to bring the ball forward

Mikki Austin looks to bring the ball forward

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Herts Mavericks’ mid courter Mikki Austin admitted she was devastated after Saturday’s last-minute one-point loss to defending Superleague champions Team Bath in Hatfield, writes Beth Shine.

In front of a packed home crowd the Mavericks at one point led by five, however they were unable to level the score in the dying seconds, as the visitors stole the win.

Austin said: “I’m devastated, I’d prefer to be smashed by 30 goals than to lose by one, it’s such a bitter feeling.”

“We could have won that game by at least 10, but the performance was a lot better than last week and we can only hope that as our performances get better we’ll get the results.”

The home side were without their star sister pairing of Kadeen and Sasha Corbin however they started well, keeping pace with a Bath side packed full of England internationals with the score 14-13 to Bath at quarter time.

Vicklyn Joseph was shooting well for the home side under strong pressure from Bath.

Lyndsey Keable and Samantha May meanwhile were working tirelessly in the defensive circle for turning over the ball and forcing missed shots from Rosie Allison and Pamela Cookey.

This pressure paid off with Joseph shooting the hosts into a 24-21 lead at half-time.

Head coach Karen Atkinson brought Sophie Hankin onto goal attack and Mavericks took a while to adjust to the change with team Bath finding their rhythm and fighting back from five goals down to lead 36-34 at three quarter time.

Cookey was finding space inside the circle and Allison continued to sink the long shots.

With a fervent crowd urging them on Herts Mavericks came out in the final quarter firing with Austin coming on at centre and Rose Morgan-Smith moving to wing attack.

Both teams matched each other for shooting and turnovers as the game became increasingly physical as the clock ticked down.

Excellent intercepts from Camilla Buchanan and May enabled the home side to edge ahead by two, but they were unable to hold their lead as errors crept into their game as the pressure increased.

In a pulsating final minute Bath had the opportunity to go ahead by two, however a brilliant fingertip intercept from Keable saw the ball raced down court, giving Mavericks the chance to equalise and secure a draw.

However, Mavericks couldn’t find their shooters with the ball spilling out over the back line.

Bath were able to retain possession with 10 seconds left inflicting a devastating defeat on the home side.

As in previous matches Mavericks had opportunities to close out the game, but just could not manage it without some of their big names.

Mavericks now face an away trip to Team Northumbria on Monday.


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