GK K Almond (C)
GD E Dovey
WD L Malcolm
C R Henry
WA M McAndrew
GA K Turner
GS K Enziano
Subs: G Webster, B Cobden, H Housby, A Travis
After a disappointing draw away at New Cambell the previous week Oldham were feeling positive to be back on home soil in a brand new kit to face Norfolk based Thoroughbreds.
Oldham were keen to put right the slow starts that they had been tarred with in the opening games of the season and put right they did.
Coach Debbie Hallas opted to keep the same seven on court for the 2nd quarter and did not want to disrupt the quick flow of ball through the court. Laura Malcolm was having an exceptional game at WD making sure that ball was being turned over before reaching the goal circle. Throughbreds seemed to up the game and tried to slow down the quick give and go play between Henry McAndrew and Turner in attack. It was a lower scoring quarter and at half time Oldham still were comfortably in the lead 39-19.
Hallas chose to make more changes going into the final quarter with Kathryn Turner and Rachel Henry returning to court. The home team were keen to keep the pressure piled on and win every quarter comfortably. Webster and Cobden were winning ball in defence but the goals weren't coming as frequent as they had been in other quarters. Oldham did win the quarter and the game finished 76-32.
Coach Debbie Hallas said: “I was so much happier with this performance, we hit the ground running which is something we have struggled with this season. Every player applied themselves and kept the scoring momentum throughout the game.”
“I couldn’t have asked for more today, Laura Malcolm stepped up today and was the player of the match for me. Hopefully we will take this momentum into next week’s game against Academy from Middlesex, and probably our toughest game of the season so far.”
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