Pinehurst topple the league leaders

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Pinehurst Netball Club secured their first win of the season in Regional League Two, beating league leaders Crossbow 55-53.

Pinehurst’s Ellie Swatridge (Goal Attack) was the player of the match as she shot an average over 90 per cent to help her team win by just two goals.

It was a fantastic result for Pinehurst who benefitted from fielding a full-strength squad for the first time this season.

In the Swindon & District Netball League Division Two, Pinehurst B went top of the league with an emphatic 74-31 win over Nationwide B.

In the same division, Pinehurst C overcame Raychem C 49-32 thanks to a great team performance in the second half.

In Division Five, the newly-formed Pinehurst E team, with a mixture of youth and experienced players, had a magnificent final quarter against Croft F.

Coming back from a seven-goal deficit, Pinehurst won the match with the last shot of the game, 30-29.

Pinehurst A and D weren’t as successful, with the A team losing to Raychem A 47-21 and the D team losing to Purton 30-18.

Raychem Netball Club also had success elsewhere in the league, with their Division Three side, Raychem D, beating Abbey Meads C 58-24.

In the first 10 minutes, Raychem were 7-0 down but pulled back to take the lead by the end of the first quarter.

They continued to be strong throughout the match with Beth Allen (Goal Keeper) being awarded player of the match.

Fairford A had a similarly poor start against Croft B in Division Two, losing the first quarter 16-7.

However, Fairford came back strongly and won every quarter after that to win the match 56-34. Fairford’s Sasha Gibb (Goal Attack) was awarded player of the match.

Nationwide Netball Club had a good weekend with their regional team beating Babylon 43-34 – their second win of the season.

In defence Nationwide’s Rachel Kelly, Shannon Stephenson and Hayley Neate were absolutely outstanding making their attack work exceptionally hard to get the ball into the circle.

In Division Three, Nationwide C took on Abbey Meads D and despite having just seven players, they led by 17 goals at half-time.

Abbey Meads had some strong moments but they struggled to penetrate the Nationwide defence and were eventually beaten 49-12.

Nationwide’s Sian Corbyn was the player of the match.

Lawn Netball Club had three wins out of four matches last weekend.

Lawn A, in Division One, were drawing with Delta Reds A at half-time but showed excellent team spirit to win by three goals (45-42) with Goal Attack Scarlett Smith earning player of the match.

Lawn B took on Moredon B with the team finding form in the last two quarters and winning by 11 goals, 37-26. Goal Shooter/Attack Abby Simpson was the player of the match.

Lawn C continued their winning streak beating Croft C 35-33 with Goal Keeper Emily Connolly earning the player of the match award.

Lawn D also played a Croft team, battling tirelessly, but eventually losing to Croft D 25-34.

Lawn’s regional team took on the mighty Trident from Taunton with Lawn battling to the final whistle and managing to only lose by four goals. Excellent defensive skills earned Goal Defence Naomi Wilcock player of the match.

Another successful Saturday saw Wootton Bassett secure two wins.

The A team had a strong win against Jets, maintaining their unbeaten record as they won 66-14.

Wootton Bassett B had a tough game against a tall and fast Faringdon but managed to secure the win 36-31. Stephanie Ramirez had a great defensive game as Goal Keeper, securing player of the match.