Five teams in hope of promotion

PUBLISHED: 16:10 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

Honiton Netball League: Division One Nu-Heat Flames 33, KPF 20; Conway Visions 36, Complete Meats 17 It was an important evening for both of the bottom two sides – KPF and Complete Meats needed a win to keep their faint chances of first division survival alive

Honiton Netball League: Division One Nu-Heat Flames 33, KPF 20; Conway 'Visions 36, Complete Meats 17

It was an important evening for both of the bottom two sides - KPF and Complete Meats needed a win to keep their faint chances of first division survival alive, whilst Nu-Heat Flames also needed a win to keep their faint chance of the first division title alive. At the end of the evening it was only the Flames whose hopes were still alive.

KPF found themselves still looking for their first win of the season when they met Nu-Heat Flames still hoping for a top spot finish - something had to give! Flames started more strongly and led 8-5 at quarter time but, with KPF having slightly the better of the second period, the half time score was advantage Flames by 13-11. As is often the case, the third quarter was pivotal and with Jeanette Dale doing well for Flames they were 23-17 up going into the final session. Faye Webb did her best to rally KPF but they could not get back on terms and it was Flames who finished winners by 33-20 to keep their title chances alive. The result, although lifting KPF off the bottom, condemned them to relegation.

In the other first division game Conway 'Visions proved too strong for Complete Meats and led from the start. With Gill Hall in fine form 'Visions were 23-8 up by half way and, although Hayley Ward did her best to inspire the Meats, they could not get back into the game sufficiently to gain a point and finished on the wrong end of the 36-17 score line.

Division Two

Tip Top Trees 30,CMC Birds15; ADP 30, Sidmouth Toucans 25; Bampton 33, St Mary's 11; BVB 18, Flamingos B 30.

All the second division teams were in action and, as the season moves towards its climax, there are still five who retain a chance of promotion. Leaders Sidmouth Toucans had a tough game against second placed ADP. The first quarter was close as ADP went 8-7 ahead but, with Sammy Kingdom playing well at centre for Toucans, they came back to lead 14-12 at half way. With ADP's defence marshalled well by Becky Totten at GD doing well it was ADP who regained the initiative to go 20-18 up in the third quarter - but with all still to play for. ADP proved the stronger to finish winners by 30-25 and close to within two points of Toucans at the top.

Third placed Tip Top Trees, with three games in hand on Toucans, met bottom side CMC Birds. The game started evenly with 3Ts shading the first quarter 5-4, despite starting the evening two players short. With the sides even in the second period it was still close but with the Trees moving 12-9 in front. The third quarter once again proved crucial as CMC fell 11-21 behind. The final score was a cruel one for the Birds as they went down by 15-30, for one more goal would have earned them a well deserved point. Stars of the night were Julie Churchill for Trees and Sarah Starbuck for CMC.

Flamingos B and BVB both started the evening with an outside chance of promotion - and at the end of the night it was status quo as they both remained in with a chance. Flamingos, with Anna Ross playing well in defence, started better and led 14-10 at half way. It was a game dominated by defensive play at this stage as Sarah Green was also playing well for BVB. Once again the third quarter was the turning point as Flamingos went 22-14 up, leaving BVB chasing the game. In the final quarter Flamingos kept up the pressure to defeat BVB by 30-18 and retain a slight chance of promotion.

The only game of the night not involving a promotion hopeful was that between Bampton and St Mary's. The Saints are still looking for their first win of the season, but tonight did not look hopeful as they turned up for the match a player short and had to play the entire game with six. This often involved some strange decisions as they chose to play one quarter without a GS and another without a GK. Bampton, with Claire Fenton once again playing wel,l were never really in danger of losing, leading 9-2 at quarter time and 15-5 at half way, but never fully utilised their extra player, but finished comfortable winners at 33-11. A number of Saints' players did extremely well but none more so than Alison Edwards.

By Graham Ingram

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