Mavericks triumph away to Team Northumbria
PUBLISHED: 17:17 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:21 25 February 2014
Hertfordshire Mavericks battled to a scrappy 51-41 win over Team Northumbria in Newcastle last night (Tuesday), live on Sky Sports, moving into the top four of the Superleague table.
The Mavericks made the home side pay for a slow start, scoring seven unanswered goals in the first seven minutes.
Despite squandering a number of opportunities, Team Northumbria, who were on a three match winning streak, could not capitalise and Mavericks secured a crucial win.
The visitors were without some of their key payers with Sasha Corbin still missing through injury and Camilla Buchanan not making the long trip to Newcastle.
Despite failing to capitalise on all their possession, Mavericks still led 10-5 at half-time and succeeded in silencing the home crowd.
When goal shooter Sarah East fell awkwardly on her ankle at the end of the first quarter Mavericks were forced into an early change. Vicklyn Joseph replaced the Australian and the Mavericks began to settle with the highball working well into Joseph in the circle.
However Team Northumbria fought back as their shooters began to find their range and Mavericks continued to squander turnover ball.
In a messy quarter, Team Northumbria were equally guilty of wasting their opportunities, with wing defence Fionnuala Toner winning some stunning intercepts that their shooters failed to convert, and Mavericks led 21-16 at half time.
Head coach Karen Atkinson made a number of changes in the second half, the most successful being the introduction of Sophie Hankin into the GA position, whose performance won her the player of the match award.
The young shooter fed Joseph brilliantly in the circle and sank a number of long shots under pressure. Lindsey Keable was a constant thorn to Northumbria in defence and Mavericks stretched their lead to nine heading into the final quarter.
Kadeen Corbin replaced Joseph in the final quarter and the England shooter linked up well with Hankin as Mavericks strengthened their grip on the game, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Team Northumbria had their chances to make it a tighter contest, however Mavericks held on to run out comfortable winners and claim their third win of the season.
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