Oldham 64 Trafford 32
GS Lucy Stevenson (88%)
GA Sarah Brennan (93%)
WA Victoria Austin (when shooting 90%)
C Rebecca Hope
WD Rachael Taylor
GD Gemma McDermott
GK Susie Armstrong
Bench: Kimberley Meadows (87%), Ellie Fitzhugh, Ebbie Danson-Chappell and Katie Bodha.
Quarter scores (Oldham scores first)
1st qr 17-7
2nd qr 18-10
3rd qr 16-4
4th qr 13-11
POTM Susie Armstrong
Oldham arrived through the fog to their home turf at Hathershaw. With a full squad, Oldham were ready for anything Trafford was going to bring to them. With a later than scheduled start Oldham were on their way and they definitely made an early impact turning over the first 4 of Trafford’s centre’s and scoring off 3 of them. A few errors creeping in to Oldham’s game, but with the ‘rebound queen’ Susie Armstrong at the back, Oldham were able to continue to get chances to work the ball to their shooters. Oldham gained an impressive 17 turn overs in the first quarter. Oldham led the way with the score at 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Third quarter and coach Ashworth made some changes, Fitzhugh went to GD, Ebbie Danson-Chappell came to C, Kimberley Meadows to GS, Lucy Stevenson to GA, Bodha to WD and Victoria Austin came back on at WA. With a lot of changes, it could have affected the structure of Oldham’s play, but it didn’t, Oldham got into the game straight away and again we saw the turn overs coming in especially from Armstrong at GK. Oldham played some fast netball down court and with their quick turns began to release the ball and get it to our shooters. Oldham won the third quarter by 12 goals taking the score to 63-21.
Fourth quarter, Gemma McDermott came back on at GK, Armstrong came out to GD, Fitzhugh to WD, Bodha to C, Danson-Chappell to WA and Austin to GA. Oldham had some moments of brilliance and also some moment of errors. They allowed Trafford to play their game at parts, but Oldham managed to hang in there until the final whistle and win the last quarter by 2 goals, taking the final score to 64-32.
Suzy Ashworth quote: “I was really pleased with everyone who played today, they all put out a performance. I was really impressed with how many ‘team’ turnovers we got today due to the whole team forcing errors. Well done to Susie Armstrong she had a cracking game and was first to the rebounds and turned the ball over 12 times throughout the game. We hope Rachael Taylor has a speedy recovery with her knee and gets back soon”.
Next game will be a tough one against Warrington on Saturday 7th November away.