Surrey Storm fight back to beat Herts Mavericks in late, late show
PUBLISHED: 21:40 23 April 2016 | UPDATED: 21:47 23 April 2016
Herts Mavericks lost 52-48 at home to Surrey Storm in the Netball Superleague on Saturday and now need to wait until Monday night’s result against leaders Manchester Thunder to see if they can earn a home play-off semi-final spot.
The Hatfield side, now second in the Netball Superleague table on goal difference from Surrey, could have sealed home advantage against Storm and having led for three quarters of the game that looked probable.
However, Storm produced a magnificent comeback to take the win and give themselves a real chance of claiming second spot.
A sold-out Herts Sports Village crowd, which included England head coach Tracey Neville, was in for a real spectacle of a game, but not the result the home fans wanted.
Knowing a win was needed, Mavericks flew out of the blocks with Storm wondering what had hit them.
Trinidad and Tobago international Sammy Wallace, a contender for the Superleague Player of the Year, claimed five unanswered goals in just over two minutes to give Mavericks the perfect start.
Surrey responded, but Sam Bird’s side kept well in front closing the opening period 14-8 ahead.
The second quarter saw the Mavericks lead slightly pegged back to 28-23, but with the home support and momentum it seemed they had enough in the tank to see the result through.
An incredible third quarter saw Storm crash their way back into the encounter with England duo Rachel Dunn and Pamela Cookey getting them back on level terms at 30-30.
However, a fighting reply from Mavericks saw them regain the lead and edge to a 39-37 advantage by the end.
The scrappy final quarter started on a knife edge with Mavericks getting a couple of points on the board to go 41-37 ahead, but Storm surged forward and fought their way back to parity.
An injury to Mavericks star Wallace forced her off court, as Surrey capitalised and secured what had appeared an unlikely triumph running out 52-48 victors.
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