The home side started strongly and punished any early errors from Oldham, taking the lead out immediately, despite some strong shooting from Kathryn Turner. The centre court combination of Maria McAndrew, Gabby Marshall and Taylor Cullen were finding life tough as The Downs pushed on ahead, despite some flashes of their usual flair and strength. Oldham reached the break down by six - 15-9 to the home side.
Coach Debbie Hallas switched things up for the second quarter to try to stem the flow and the changes worked immediately. Marshall had much more influence at WD and Iona Darroch worked tirelessly at C, injecting some much needed drive into the attack. Emma Dovey was having her strongest game of the season so far, taking intercept after intercept to provide Turner and Krista Enziano the opportunities to bring Oldham back into the game. At the half The Downs led 27-23.