The first quarter was tightly contested by both teams, going goal for goal in the opening 7 minutes. However, a dominant last half of the quarter by the steady partnership of Almond and Dovey, pressured Worcester Reds into key errors. Oldham's attack were quick to take advantage, going on a run of 5 unanswered goals and ending the quarter 7-16.
Oldham picked up where they left off and continued to dominate in the second quarter, with a string of unanswered goals. Short and sharp play from Gabby Marshall, Iona Darroch and Kathryn Turner proved too much for the Worcester defence, with Mizuno player of the match Amy Clinton finishing off the moves with calm and accurate shooting. Oldham extended their lead to 20, with the half time score at 16-36.
Coach Debbie Hallas made changes going into the second half with Krista Enziano coming on at GS and Abby Tyrell on a GD. Marshall switched to WD and Dovey moved to the less familiar position of C. The quarter was much like the first with the two teams going goal for goal until Oldham settled into a rhythm and worked their way through the gears.
The final quarter saw more changes, with Suzy Armstrong replacing Almond at GK and youngster Amelia Hall making her debut in premier league 1 for Oldham at WA. Hall settled into the game quickly, feeding some excellent balls into Enziano and Turner in the shooting circle. At the other end of the court Taylor Cullen worked tirelessly at WD to stop the Worcester attack and dampen the spirit of the loud home crowd. Final score 40-62 to Oldham.
The focus now moves to the next game against The Downs at Oldham Leisure Centre next Sunday. It is sure to be a physical and challenging game for the red and blue of Oldham.
Coach Debbie Hallas said: “Worcester asked us a lot of questions today both physically and mentally. I was pleased with our discipline and even more so the type of netball we were playing. Amy Clinton was a class act in the first half and was deservedly given the Mizuno player of the match. Gabs Marshall and Taylor Cullen were impressive in the mid-court while the Worcester defence couldn’t cope with the speed of Iona Darroch.”
Squad: Kerry Almond, Emma Dovey, Abby Tyrrell, Susie Armstrong, Taylor Cullen, Gabs Marshall, Iona Darroch, Amelia Hall, Kathryn Turner, Amy Clinton, Krista Enziano