Weather continues to disrupt netball league
PUBLISHED: 21:17 27 January 2011
For the three weeks running before Christmas weather took its toll of fixtures, with games at Honiton being cancelled due to slippery court conditions.
With the New Year well under way it was torrential rain and high winds that led to the cancellation of the Honiton games yet again. This meant that only the two first division indoor games at Colyton took place.
Both had an impact on the head and the foot of the table. This was because the second and third placed sides – Wasps and Keeley’s Angels – were up against the sides at the foot of the table – Bo-Peeps, 6th,and Uplowman, 7th.
Wasps started their game strongly, knowing that a win could see them move to the top of the table, so they were 12-3 up against Bo-Peeps at quarter time.
The Wasps’ defence worked well in the second period and, at half way, the Peeps were chasing an 8-23 deficit. Although Bo-Peeps worked hard in the third quarter they started the final session 31-12 in arrears. Although the final quarter was the closest, Bo-Peeps could not close the gap on Wasps sufficiently to gain a point and Wasps finished the game with a 39-17 win and the double over Bo-Peeps.
If Angels could record a victory over bottom side Uplowman they had a chance of also going top, but it would depend upon goal difference as the sides would be level on points.
The first quarter saw the Angels move into a 9-4 lead. The second period again saw Keeley’s outscoring Uplowman so that, at half way, the score was 18-7 in their favour.
The third quarter was the highest scoring period so that, going into the final session, it was 30-12 to Keeley’s and Uplowman off the pace for a point.
Uplowman upped their game in the final period and had their best quarter and, although they got close to a point from the game, they had missed out by a solitary goal – losing to Angels by 40-20.
The win for Angels moved them up to second place behind Wasps – on goal difference. It’s going to be a nail biting finish for both the title and for relegation!
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