Oldham started strongly flying out of the blocks into a 5-1 lead with Abby Tyrrell and Susie Armstrong providing strong defence across the third line, backed up Maria McAndrew in the middle. Amelia Hall was producing another solid display at WA and was running the show with precise feeds into Oldham's shooters, Krista Enziano and Kathryn Turner.
Oldham had a momentary blip in the middle of the quarter but Enziano and Turner were cool under pressure, keeping the home side out of reach to lead 19-12 at the break.
Coach Debbie Hallas opted to bring on Ebby Danson-Chappel in place of Tyrrell and the change took a while to settle in. Armstrong and Kerry Almond were working hard in defence to challenge and stop the strong physical shooting pairing of the away side, turning ball over at much needed points in the quarter. Reds took the quarter by one but Oldham still led strongly at half time. 33-27.
Oldham rang the changes for the second half as Lucy Stevenson, Emma Dovey and Tyrrell replaced Turner, Almond and Danson-Chappel, and Amy Neild making her season debut to replace Hall. Oldham steamed ahead taking the first 5 goals in the period, and after that Reds never really threatened again, despite a few minor blips for the home side. Oldham increased their lead heading to the last 44-33.
One final change for the last quarter saw Hall head to GA in place of Stevenson and the change worked immediately, with the youngster creating more space for Enziano to work with, but also working hard to provide link up play with Neild and McAndrew. Armstrong and Dovey were working well and kept Oldham ever further away from the away side. A strong finish saw Oldham take the game by 14 goals.
Armstrong took the player of the match award but there were strong performances across the board and coach Hallas could be happy with her sides step up in the face of some overly physical play.
She said: "It was a mixed performance from us, we started on fire as I asked for but we took our foot off the pedal in the second quarter. We had to make many changes throughout the game due to Superleague players being limited. As the game went on we adapted better to the changes, player of the match, Susie Armstrong continues to improve with every game while Amelia Hall never stopped running all game and slotted in seamlessly at goal attack for the last quarter, with a 100% shooting record too."
Starting seven : GS K Enziano GA K Turner WA A Hall C M McAndrew WD A Tyrrell GD S Armstrong GK K Almond.
Bench: L Stevenson A Neild E Danson-Chappel E Dovey
League Table: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/competitions/premier-league-1-201617/table/