Starting 7 and squad:
GS Chloe Shepherd
GA Sarah Brennan
WA Victoria Austin
C Ebbie Danson-Chappell
WD Amber Hazelton
GD Gemma McDermott
GK Zoe Mallinder
Player of the Match – Victoria Austin
Oldham knew this was going to be a tough game arriving at the Manor Academy; however Oldham looked sharp in the warm up and was ready to take the challenge head on. Trafford got on the score sheet first and took the first 2 goals of the game. Already, Oldham was on the chase, however they got the 2 back and the game was level until at the end of the first quarter when Oldham missed 5/6 shots in a row and with other errors, Trafford scored 7 unanswered goals and taking the lead, the first quarter finished 16-11.
Going into the third quarter, Amber Hazelton went to GK, Joely Ferris came on at WD and everyone else stayed the same. It was goal for goal for a while, until Oldham started to pull back and score of the turnovers, which allowed the team to get within 5 goals having been down by 9 at half time. Oldham completed the 2 goals from a turnover many times in this quarter. Score at the end of this quarter was 40-35 still in Trafford’s favour.
Final quarter Gemma McDermott went to GK, Zoe Mallinder to GD and Hazelton to WD. Oldham started well and McDermott got 2 touches and interception from Trafford’s shooter, it was all going positive until, McDermott unfortunately landed badly on her ankle and was forced to leave the court. Therefore Oldham changed round, Hazelton went to GK and Ferris came back on at WD. Oldham was popping the goals in from all over the circle, which allowed them to maintain the 5 goals gap. Austin was everywhere, getting every other ball and defending hard for her team. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and Trafford took the win with the game ending 53-48.
Coach Suzy Ashworth
“We knew it was going to be a tough game today and it certainly was. Trafford was on their A game today and we didn’t quite match it, but all credit to the girls, there were some great play throughout the game, but we just wasn’t consistent enough in all areas of our play and our shooting”.