Mavericks suffer a first loss of season to Manchester Thunder

PUBLISHED: 16:14 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 11 February 2014

Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson

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A first defeat of the 2014 Zeo Netball Superleague season was suffered by Hertfordshire Mavericks as they went down 48-38 to Manchester Thunder in Hatfield on Monday, writes Beth Shine.

With two wins from two before the clash, the hosts were in high spirits ahead of the encounter at the Herts Sports Village, especially as head coach Karen Atkinson was back on the sidelines for the first home game this season after giving birth.

At one stage Mavericks came within three goals of Thunder, however errors and strong defensive pressure from the Manchester side meant they just fell short in a physical encounter.

It was tight between the teams during the first quarter with Thunder just edging ahead 13-10.

In the second quarter Thunder increased their lead, leading by nine goals at one point as Mavericks struggled to find their shooters Sarah East and Kadeen Corbin in the circle.

With injured captain Sasha Corbin out for the match, Mavericks suffered a further blow with vice captain Camilla Buchanan also suffering an injury just before half-time.

She was replaced by Mikki Austin at centre.

Strong defensive work from Lindsay Keable and Layla Guscoth saw Thunder’s goal shooter Krista Enziano begin to struggle and she was replaced by Alice Travis with the score 25-19 to Manchester at half-time.

The start of the third quarter saw the teams match each other goal for goal, however Mavericks were guilty of wasting hard-won turnover ball as the game turned increasingly physical.

Samantha May had a standout game for Mavericks.

The Australian won interceptions all over the court, but despite her best efforts it was not enough and as the clock ticked down Mavericks could not make up the deficit and the match ended 48-38.

Mavericks welcome defending champions Team Bath to Herts Sports Village on Saturday, looking to bounce back with a win.


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