A strong starting 7 for Oldham took hold of the game in the first quarter and never looked like losing despite a very early start. Oldham’s attack were looking strong against an experienced Bath defence. Shooters Kathryn Turner and Alice Travis were clinically despatching any turnovers that Oldham gained throughout the court. The quarter finished 16-7 in favour of the away side.
Coach Debbie Hallas opted to switch things a little in the second quarter with Georgie Webster on at GD and Helen Housby entering at GS, but the changes did little to halt Oldham’s flow. Beth Cobden at WD was the catalyst for Oldham, creating and taking interceptions in defence. At half time Oldham extended the lead 27-13.
The final quarter of the game saw a few more changes, which did halt Oldham through the court, with the girls in blue and red seeming to lose concentration, which allowed Bath to get a run of goals and bring the score back slightly. A time out by Turner gave Oldham time to regroup and refocus and close out the game. Despite losing the final quarter by 4, it was a strong performance by Oldham to win 56-32 and consolidate second place in the table.
Coach Debbie Hallas said: “It was a great performance from us for the first three quarters, I took the chance to play around a bit in the fourth quarter but the game was already in the bag.”
“Beth Cobden was on fire again following on from last week’s performance and was my player of the match, while Emma Dovey is re-discovering her form after some time out with injury.”
Oldham entertain fellow northerners Oaksway from Hartlepool on Sunday, 1pm at Hathershaw.
Squad: GS A Travis GA K Turner WA M McAndrew C R Henry WD B Cobden GD E Dovey GK K Almond Subs G Webster H Housby